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Joey Fatone talks 'Rewrapped' set secrets and 'N Sync songs as snack foods

Joey Fatone has been on Dancing With the Stars, Rachael vs. Guy and Chopped. He’s hosted The Singing Bee and The Price Is Right in Las Vegas. He’s even appeared on Hannah Montana. (Oh, and he was in a little band called ‘N Sync.) Now the singer-turned-TV star is hosting a new show on Food Network, Rewrapped.

The Marc Summers-judged spin-off of Unwrapped debuted on April 21 with two half-hour episodes. Each episode has three contestants working to recreate and innovate on a classic snack food.

“It’s lighthearted — which is what’s fun about the whole thing,” says Fatone, speaking to The EW Community from his California home. “They’re taking it seriously, but you’re creating a Twinkie.”

Part of what’s so fun about the series, in addition to ingredients like Hostess CupCakes and cheddar Goldfish, is Fatone’s goofy-charming personality, and the fact that he’s always ready with a good pun. “I’m always busting chops and being silly, of course,” he laughs. “That’s just my personality. What you see is what you get. So I try not to sugarcoat anything — pun intended!”

Because he brings so much entertainment to the already playful series, we asked Fatone to complete a very important task: Pair five classic ‘N Sync songs with five classic snack foods. Here’s what he came up with:

twinkies-ewBye Bye Bye
“When you’re eating it and it’s gone, it’s ‘bye bye bye.’ So Twinkies would have to be it.”

Just Got Paid
“I think of Paydays. Payday bars or 100 Grand.”

(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You
“Red velvet cake comes to mind. I don’t know why, but it just does. Because God spent a little more time on red velvet cake, and it’s awesome.”

candy-hearts-ewTearin’ Up My Heart
“That’s the little Valentine’s candy hearts. The ones that taste like cardboard.”

(Dirty) Pop
“I think of Blow Pops!”

Fatone’s transition from music and dancing into the cooking world only happened a few years ago, after he met Guy Fieri at the Kentucky Derby. Fieri wanted Fatone to appear on Rachael vs. Guy, but the baritone singer wasn’t confident in his cooking ability, despite growing up learning rice-ball recipes from his dad. “But,” he laughs, “a couple of drinks later, [Guy] convinced me to say, ‘Yes, I’ll do it.'”

He’s a full-fledged member of the Food Network family now, regularly working with kitchen celebrities like Marc Summers, Jeff Mauro and Jenny McCoy on the new series. “When you’re with the Food Network, it’s a cult,” Fatone explains. “Once you’re in the club, you’re in the club.”

Every week on Rewrapped, a new snack food is featured, and three chefs compete to do it justice in “recreate” and “innovate” rounds. Although he claims to be more of a salty snack lover, it’s easy to see which food is Fatone’s favorite. In a single conversation, he mentions Twinkies no fewer than six times — more if you include Chocodiles, a sort of chocolate-covered Twinkie he says everyone needs to try. (And in case you’re wondering, yes, he did run out to buy a box of Twinkies as soon as he heard they were being discontinued!)

There’s a Twinkie episode coming up on Rewrapped (on June 23), but it’s actually the Utz Pretzel Rod episode that Fatone says viewers should look forward to. He also teases Wise Cheez Waffies, a snack that he’d never seen or heard of before it was introduced on the show. There’s a new selection of treats to try every week, and there’s only been one dish that Fatone chose not to try. “It looked like it wasn’t even edible,” he explains, describing a burnt waffle from the Hostess CupCake episode that aired earlier this month. “I didn’t even want to touch it. I was cool with not eating it.”

Fatone’s favorite part of every episode actually hit the cutting room floor before the series aired on Food Network. Apparently, producers brought in a candy bar character named Snacky to dance with all the contestants after they had won. We can only hope those outtakes make it to a web exclusive or blooper reel someday!

With seven episodes to go, there’s no word on whether or not the show will return for a second season, but Fatone would “definitely” come back for season 2: “It would be a lot of fun! There are so many different things we could do.”

Even if it doesn’t work out, he’s got a Plan B. “I think it would be fun to do The Price Is Right,” he muses. “I’ll have to wait until Drew [Carey] retires, and see if he wants to give it up.” (He’s also open to Wheel of Fortune, but “always comes up with something stupid” when it’s time to solve the puzzles.)

Rewrapped airs on Mondays at 8/7 C on Food Network.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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