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Fat Chefs and Foodies to Get Their Own Weight Loss TV Show

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 7th 2011 6:30AM
American Food BasicsYou know the old adage: Never trust a thin chef ... Well, if a new TV series has its way, there are going to be a few more untrustworthy chefs running around.

The brains behind 'Kitchen Nightmares' and 'Celebrity Fit Club' have finally decided to blend the two biggest movements in reality TV right now -- cooking and weight loss -- and are putting together a new show that aims to help overweight food industry workers lose weight and get fit.

Lest the concept conjures up images of obese guys in toques being abused by Gordon Ramsay as they run on a treadmill while cooking Michelin Star-worthy food, the casting call aims to appeal to just about everyone involved in the food industry.

"If you are 75+ pounds overweight or potentially unhealthy & have a job in the food industry, this is your chance to turn your life around!"

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Fox Orders a Third Season of 'Kitchen Nightmares'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 21st 2010 2:00PM
Fox continues it's love affair with Gordon Ramsay, despite the failure of 'Cookalong Live.' This week, for example, Fox renewed 'Kitchen Nightmares' for a third season, and you know that 'Hell's Kitchen' is coming back, so Fox and Ramsay are getting along like peanut butter and jelly.

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What to Watch: March 19

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 19th 2010 6:00AM
'Kitchen Nightmares' (9PM, Fox)
The good news: Mama Rita's Authentic Mexican Cantina, of Newbury Park, California, is still in business (http://www.mamaritas.com/), so owner Laura's time with Gordon Ramsay in tonight's episode must have been fruitful. Because when Gordo arrives at Mama Rita's -- named in homage to Laura's beloved grandmother -- the owner is facing potential foreclosure, thanks to a business that's flailing with a lack of leadership from management and kitchen too full of chaos. Mama Rita's has already proven successful as a catering company, but the transition into a restaurant hasn't gone smoothly, and, as Gordon will make her realize, Laura's going to have to make a painful choice between a friendship and keeping her business going if Mama Rita's is going to keep cooking.

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Fox Serves Up More Gordon Ramsay and 'Kitchen Nightmares'

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 17th 2010 2:07PM
Gordon Ramsay Kitchen NightmaresFox has added more 'Kitchen Nightmares' to its programming menu.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Gordon Ramsay vehicle has been renewed for a third season after garnering decent ratings for Fox on Thursday and Friday nights. In the series, Ramsay spends a week working with a struggling restaurant in an effort to revive business.

On Thu., Mar. 11, 'Nightmares' saw 8.4 million viewers. A rerun on Friday, March 5 saw 3.5 million viewers.

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Gordon Ramsay cooks up new show

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 3rd 2009 4:02PM
gordon_ramsay_foxFox's master foodie is at it again. Gordon Ramsay has conjured up a new show called MasterChef, only it's not really his idea. See, it's already been done in England and Australia, but Gordon will put his spin on this show. So for all intents and purposes, it's another Gordon Ramsay project. (Like the Alan Parsons Project without Alan Parsons and a small 'p').

In MasterChef, amateur chefs will compete to master the perfect dish. These will be everyday people, not sous chefs or short order cooks, but backyard grillers and homemakers who have a specialty at which they excel. Sounds to me a bit like the Food Network Challenge shows in which people try to make the best chili or the definitive hamburger.

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Gordon Ramsay gets animated

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 26th 2009 4:26PM
Gordon Ramsay, At Your ServiceAs if Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares weren't enough, Gordon Ramsay will be hosting another television show called Gordon Ramsay, At Your Service. Only this time, the show will be stop-motion animation by the same team that brought you Celebrity Deathmatch on MTV, Cuppa Coffee Studios.

This idea is reminiscent of those Saturday morning cartoons that would involve a fictional world surrounding a particular celebrity, usually Jackie Chan or Mr. T. or someone like that. Will Gordon Ramsay moonlight as a chef by day and solve crimes at night? Will he fight food-based super-villains? Will his kitchen be his high-tech headquarters where everything is operated by ladle? Will he face down with other celebrity chefs like Emeril or Rachael Ray?

Given his penchant for strong language, I suspect either this will be shopped to one of the channels of more adult content (HBO, Showtime, etc.) or every word coming out of Ramsay's clay mouth would be a beep.

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Yummy TV: The Best Thing I Ever Ate

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 16th 2009 1:16PM
If you think this image of french fries looks delicious and appetizing, this post is for you.

There are so many cooking shows and food competition shows, everything from Hell's Kitchen to Top Chef to Man v. Food, but there's a new one that started up recently that I'm really, really enjoying. Maybe because it's just about the joy of eating! Whatever the reason, The Best Thing I Ever Ate is a winner.

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Will Fox let us see the other Gordon Ramsay?

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 7th 2009 10:00AM
gordon_ramsay_cookingWhile reading Joel's account of the Fox media panel, I was curious about the announcement of a new special called Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live. It sounds like a variation on Food Network's Emeril Live or Paula's Party, but hopefully, it'll be a lot better. And perhaps we'll get to see the Gordon Ramsay Fox has not revealed up to now.

Unless you've been living in a cave the past five years or so, you know that celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has emerged as one of the biggest stars on TV. But if you only watch Gordon on his Fox TV shows -- Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares -- you've only seen one side of the bellicose chef. On those shows, he's a screaming, cursing, demanding, hard-driving taskmaster. He's compelling, but you wouldn't want to be on the other side of one of his verbal tongue-lashings.

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The Upfronts: Fox

by Jason Hughes, posted May 18th 2009 12:59PM
Fox LogoFox showed some surprising stability in its schedule (our network is growing up) for the 2009-2010 season. But they are bringing in four new comedies, two dramas and a late night Saturday show.

Returning Summer: Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, Don't Forget the Lyrics!, So You Think You Can Dance

Returning Fall/Winter: 24, American Dad, American Idol, Bones, Dollhouse,, Family Guy, Fringe, House, Kitchen Nightmares, Lie to Me, The Simpsons, 'Til Death (for some reason), So You Think You Can Dance (yeah, two separate seasons summer and fall)

Gone: Do Not Disturb, King of the Hill (though there's still episodes in the can which will air sometime next year), Prison Break (a 2-hour film is being produced that may air next year), Sit Down Shut Up, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

New: Brothers, The Cleveland Show, Glee (sneak peek tomorrow), Human Target, Past Life, Sons of Tucson, The Wanda Sykes Show (late night Saturdays)

The schedule and some details on the new shows after the jump.

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Gordon Ramsay plans another Fox food program

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 29th 2009 5:05PM
G RamI love British chef Gordon Ramsay. I love watching him on TV, whether it's his Fox shows -- Hell's Kitchen or Kitchen Nightmares -- or the ones that have turned up on BBC America like Ramsay's Boiling Point and the most recent show, The F Word. The F stands for food, by the way. Much as I love him, though, I don't think I want him as a teacher.

Well, that's what he's going to be doing next. The Simon Cowell of cooking is plotting something new for the network. Ramsay's doing a special cooking show for Fox in the Julia Child tradition, teaching how to do what he does. The idea is for Gordon to create a three-course dinner while giving home viewers instructions about how to do it with him.

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What to Watch Thursday, Jan. 15

by Kim Potts, posted Jan 15th 2009 5:00AM
The Beast'The Beast'
(10PM, A&E) series premiere
In the midst of his very public cancer battle, Patrick Swayze is making a professional comeback in this drama, playing a veteran FBI agent who may be playing a little fast and loose with the rules.

Charles Barker's (Swayze) world is about to become even more intense when he's assigned a young new partner, Ellis Dove (Travis Fimmel). Dove is happy to be paired up with Barker until the duo goes undercover to crack a weapons-smuggling ring and the rookie gets a look at how dangerous and all-consuming undercover work can be.

And there's also the little matter of the FBI's internal affairs agents, who want Dove to spy on his mentor, a suspected rogue agent.

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Undercover hotties: ten guys on TV I secretly love

by Kona Gallagher, posted Nov 13th 2008 11:29AM
Vincent D'OnofrioI was reading AOL TV's "TV's 50 Hottest Hunks - Ever," and I was struck by two thoughts: "Ugh, can people really use the term, 'hunk' without shuddering?" and, "David Boreanaz? Seriously?"

I get it. Television is populated with pretty people and there are just some guys who are objectively hot (hellooooo, Jon Hamm). Generally speaking though, I'm not drawn to the Luke Perrys and Mario Lopezes of the world. I like quirky guys, and so while most of the dudes on this list aren't going to make it into the People magazine "Sexiest Man Alive" issue, they keep me tuning in every week (heh, that sounded totally dirty).

Follow me after the jump for the undercover hotties: ten guys on TV I secretly love.

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What to Watch Thursday, Nov. 13

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 13th 2008 5:00AM
(10PM, NBC)
No, no, don't worry ... there'll be no "Bobby in the shower" scene as original 'ER' cast member Anthony Edwards returns to guest star in tonight's episode.

Dr. Mark Greene, sadly, is still dead from that season eight brain tumor. Instead, he returns via a flashback that cleverly sheds light on the past of Dr. Banfield (Angela Bassett). Stressed out from her hospital duties, Banfield decides to go for a run, where she happens upon a three-year-old girl who's drowning in a lake.

While trying to save the tot, Banfield flashes back to years earlier, when her son was a patient at County, and Dr. Greene was caring for him.

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Quick chat with Jordan Belfi of Entourage

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 22nd 2008 2:05AM
The name Jordan Belfi might not mean much to you, but if you watch Entourage, you absolutely know Adam Davies. And, if Belfi's done his job right, you probably really hate the guy.

As the best-dressed nemesis on TV, Davies is the super-agent foil to most of Ari Gold's (Jeremy Piven) plans and schemes. And in a particularly conniving episode (airing Sun., Sept. 21 at 10PM), the Davies/Gold smack down reaches new heights. Or lows, depending on how you see it.

Belfi talked to us about his character's underhanded ways, his most devoted fans and why watching Gordon Ramsay vomit means must-see-TV in his house.

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What to Watch Thursday, Sept. 18

by Kim Potts, posted Sep 18th 2008 5:00AM
'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'
(10PM and 10:30PM, FX) 4th season premiere
"'Seinfeld' on crack"? Nah, even a Kramer or George Costanza on crack wouldn't have cooked up tonight's scenarios, in which Dee and Charlie get a hankerin' for man meat, while Dennis and Mac set off on a man hunt.

Frank gets peeved at Dee and Charlie for raiding his food stash, so he reveals that the meat they stole from him was actually human flesh, leading them to believe they're now cannibals.

Meanwhile, Dennis and Mac are all about hunting homeless pal Cricket for sport, but the fact that they want to hunt him is almost less disturbing than what they want to do with him when they actually capture him ...

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