Anyone who remembers the grim second season of NBC's The Restaurant was probably taken aback to learn that CNBC planned to rebroadcast all the episodes from that show's two seasons. Who wanted to watch Rocco DiSpirito and Jeffrey Chodorow go at each other's throat one more time? Yet there it was in mid-July, beginning with back-to-back episodes in prime time and repeating them later in the same evening. In retrospect, we had forgotten the buoyant tone of Season One's first few episodes, and ...

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