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More NBC Cancellations: 'Outsourced,' 'Perfect Couples,' 'Chase' & More

by Maggie Furlong, posted May 13th 2011 4:45PM
Outsourced is cancelledThe networks are cleaning house in preparation for next week's Upfronts presentations of new shows, cancelling existing shows faster than anyone can keep up.

The latest shows to get shut down? NBC has axed freshman Thursday night comedies 'Outsourced' and 'Perfect Couples,' as well as drama 'Chase' and reality series 'School Pride' and 'America's Next Great Restaurant.'

While rapid-fire press releases and rumor confirmations have been the norm for getting the news out the past few days, 'Outsourced' star Rizwan Manji actually took to Twitter before news of their cancellation broke:

@Riz_Manji: "Before it hits the trades-Outsourced isnt coming back.Sad to see it go-hopeful that this opportunity was a step towards others! Thanx all!"

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Bobby Flay Talks 'Male Hooters' and Other Crazy Restaurant Ideas (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Mar 25th 2011 5:15PM
Bobby Flay talks about 'America's Next Great Restaurant' on 'Rachael Ray'On 'America's Next Great Restaurant,' part of Bobby Flay's job is to judge contestant concepts for new restaurants. Flay was on 'Rachael Ray' (weekdays, syndicated) today to talk about some of the best, worst, and craziest ideas he came across on the show.

"One guy wanted to open a gun shop and cafe," he told Ray. "Which, honestly, I just couldn't see rolling out a thousand of those." Another guy, he said, wanted to do a male version of Hooters, which was well-received by the audience but a concept Flay couldn't bear to see. "I didn't want to see the audition process for the employees," he said. "I do have an ego."

He did not mention what the name for that restaurant would be, so we'll leave it to you to fill in the appropriate food/sex double entendre.

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Contestant Lacks Leadership Skills on 'America's Next Great Restaurant' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 21st 2011 6:30AM
Marisa Leaves 'America's Next Great Restaurant'The winner of 'America's Next Great Restaurant' (Sun., 8PM ET on NBC) will immediately receive a lot of responsibility: three restaurants in New York, Minneapolis and L.A. The show's celebrity-chef and restaurateur judges will advise the winner, but contestants need to show a clear vision and solid entrepreneurial skills.

Greg and Krystal need to "figure out what your food's all about," says celebrity chef Curtis Stone. The judges believe in Stephanie, but "there's no concept there."

Chipotle founder Steve Ells tells Marisa, "We really like your concept, but we don't see the leadership skills necessary to execute it. Marisa, we will not be investing in your restaurant."

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'America's Next Great Restaurant' Series Premiere Recap

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 7th 2011 10:00AM
America's Next Great RestaurantNBC hasn't had much success with reality shows based around the opening of restaurants. First was 'The Restaurant,' the much-maligned reality show that followed chef Rocco DiSpirito as he opened a new restaurant in. And then there was 'The Chopping Block,' which you probably don't remember because it was on for 7 minutes in 2009.

Now comes the most ambitious show yet. The winner of 'America's Next Great Restaurant' won't just get a cash prize and sent off to do their thing alone -- this winner gets an investment and coaching from celebrity judges plus three restaurants, in New York, Minneapolis and L.A.

But how many new ideas can there possibly be when it comes to restaurants?

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Joe Gets Racist, Paranoid and Obnoxious on Day 1 of 'America's Next Great Restaurant' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 7th 2011 4:40AM
Joe, 'America's Next Great Restaurant''America's Next Great Restaurant' (Sun., 8PM ET on NBC) is the next variation on the cooking reality competition show. And by "next," we mean it's not too dissimilar to what you've already seen, but this show's got Joe.

Joe is the owner of a three-restaurant chain in Los Angeles called Big Wangs. As the prize is a three-restaurant chain, he's basically looking to expand an existing business. His restaurant's specialty is wings.

Unfortunately, this early round requires the contestants to cook their signature dish for the judges, and Joe thinks he should be the only one allowed to make wings.

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NBC Postpones 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' Return Indefinitely

by Kelly Woo, posted Jan 18th 2011 6:45PM
Law and Order Los angelesLooks like justice is on hold in Hollywood. In a press release, NBC announced it is postponing the Feb. 8 return of 'Law & Order: Los Angeles.'

The shelving comes on the heels of major shake-ups to the cast, including the departure of star Skeet Ulrich. The show is now on hold indefinitely.

The postponement produced ripple effects across NBC's schedule. 'Parenthood,' which had been set to move to Mondays on March 1, will stay in its Tuesday 10PM timeslot for the rest of the season.

'America's Next Great Restaurant' will now premiere on Sun., March 6 at 8PM ET. And 'The Marriage Ref,' which was scheduled to return for a second season at that time, is also on hold until a later date.

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NBC Adds Bobby Flay to Its Menu

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 15th 2010 9:30AM
Bobby Flay is putting his money where he hopes America's mouth will be.

The restaurateur, cookbook author and Food Network chef has joined the cast of NBC's upcoming reality series 'America's Next Great Restaurant,' in which Flay and a panel of his fellow chefs and business giants will help launch a new restaurant chain dreamed up by one of the show's contestants.

Not only will Flay and his panel select the winning idea, they'll also use their own money to become investors in the new eatery chain.

Contestants needn't be chefs, or have any cooking experience at all, really. Instead, those whose initial ideas impress the judges will then be put through a series of challenges that will test their business savvy, including how well they can manage a staff, how marketable their idea is and how crafty they are in creating a menu.

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