You may remember Finley emerging as the victor in the crazy "Next Food Network Star" saga, where she beat out Saddle River native Rory Schepisi even after crying about missing her kids and threatening to drop out of the competition.
The show, "The Gourmet Next Door," most of which I watched on Sunday while doing laundry, isn't bad, certainly better than its silly commercials. Finley is cast kind of like a ground-level Giada. The judges often seemed concerned that Finley's frequent "I lived in France" talk would come off as too snobby, and the show seems to be taking great pains to glam her hair and makeup down, to the point of being unflattering.
Personally, I find Finley's travel talk more interesting than her food, and have to wonder whether she'd be better as the host of a travel show (kind of like how previous "Star" winner Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" is infinitely more watchable than his cooking show).