"Chefs vs. City" quietly slipped into Food Network's Friday-night lineup (10 p.m.) a couple of weeks ago. It’s probably for the best that it didn’t get a lot of hype – by flying under the radar, maybe the series is trying to avoid being called out for the shameless, blatant "Amazing Race" ripoff that it is.
There don’t seem to be a whole lot of original ideas at Food Network these days: "Chopped" is a pale imitation of "Top Chef." "Food Detectives" has striking similarities to "MythBusters." All 14 or so Guy Fieri shows are carbon copies of each other. That kind of network laziness bugs me.