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'Top Chef' Renewed, As Is 'Housewives of New Jersey,' 'Flashpoint' & 'Californication

by Gary Susman, posted Oct 6th 2009 2:00PM
Good news for viewers who like watching restaurant-quality banquets being served – or restaurant banquet tables getting overturned. Bravo's 'Top Chef' and 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' are two of the several series whose renewals were announced this week. Also dishing up additional helpings: CBS crime drama 'Flashpoint' and David Duchovny's racy Showtime comedy 'Californication.'Good news for viewers who like watching restaurant-quality banquets being served – or restaurant banquet tables getting overturned. Bravo's 'Top Chef' and 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' are two of the several series whose renewals were announced this week. Also dishing up additional helpings: CBS crime drama 'Flashpoint' and David Duchovny's racy Showtime comedy 'Californication.'

Flashpoint • Canadian import 'Flashpoint's' third season had already been picked up by Canda's CTV. On Monday, CBS placed its order for 13 episodes, to air this winter, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Last season, the show drew an average of 9.6 million viewers on CBS, making it the highest-rated among the recent spate of low-budget imports on U.S. networks

Top Chef• A seventh serving of 'Top Chef' will air in 2010, Bravo announced Monday. From Oct.18 to Nov. 15, casting calls for cable's top-rated cooking show will be held in seven cities: San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Washington, New York, Dallas, and Los Angeles. Sharpen those knives now.

Real Housewives of NJBravo also announced Tuesday that 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' will be back for more table-flipping drama in 2010. With an average of 2.55 million viewers last spring, the Jersey edition became the highest-rated series of the 'Real Housewives' franchise. Which, by the way, is adding a new city next year. Bravo's announcement included notice of a formal pickup order for 'The Real Housewives of DC.'

Californication • 'Californication' was guaranteed a pick-up after just airing just one episode of season 3. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Sept. 27 season premiere drew a series record of 821,000 viewers, up 57 percent from the season 2 premiere last year. Fittingly, for a show whose current season takes place on a college campus, 'Californication' announced its renewal to the world Monday via Facebook.

-- By Gary Susman

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