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TV Picks: Another helping of ‘I’ll Have What Phil’s Having,’ please

Phil Rosenthal (right) enjoys some of LA’s best Korean food with chef Roy Choi (left) and actor Martin Short (center).
Phil Rosenthal (right) enjoys some of LA’s best Korean food with chef Roy Choi (left) and actor Martin Short (center). PBS

We’ll have another helping of ‘I’ll Have What Phil’s Having,’ please

The exceptional first season of the PBS food-travel series “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having” comes to an end Monday night (10 p.m., UNC-TV), with acclaimed TV writer and producer (and unofficial “Nicest Guy in Hollywood”) Phil Rosenthal making his way around his home turf of Los Angeles. Other episodes this season have had the food-happy host traveling to faraway spots like Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, Barcelona and Italy, but when signing up for the show, Rosenthal insisted PBS let him do one show at home, to show viewers that expensive global travel isn’t a prerequisite to sampling new foods and cultures. You can have food adventures in your own town! In Monday’s season finale (consider this an official plea to PBS to get Rosenthal on the hook for many more seasons, pronto), there’s a taco truck crawl and visits to special kitchens and bakeries. And some of Rosenthal’s celebrity pals come along: Ray Romano, Martin Short, Allison Janney and Norman Lear. If you’ve missed this series, you can watch full episodes at video.pbs.org.

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