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Curtis Stone to Host 'Top Chef Masters,' Pac-Man Gets a Reality Show and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 13th 2011 6:00PM
Curtis StoneSome major changes are afoot at 'Top Chef Masters' -- Bravo announced today that celebrity chef Curtis Stone will take over hosting duties from Kelly Choi for the just-announced third season.

The network also renewed 'The Rachel Zoe Project,' 'Millionaire Matchmaker,' 'Flipping Out,' 'Work of Art' and 'Bethenny Ever After,' TV Guide reports. As for new shows, 'Million Dollar Decorators' and 'Pregnant in Heels' will premiere in April.

'The Real Housewives of New York City' is returning on Tues., Feb. 15, 'Bethenny Ever After' on Mon., Feb. 28, and 'The Real Housewives of Orange County' on Sun., March 6. 'Watch What Happens Live' will move from Tuesdays to Thursdays.

In other TV news ...

Merv Griffin Entertainment is developing a new reality series based on ... Pac-Man? Yep, the show will look like a 'Wipeout'-style obstacle course and is currently being shopped to networks. [Deadline]

Several familiar faces are returning to 'The Office' on Feb. 17. The episode, which features a movie written by Michael Scott, will feature the return of Melora Hardin's Jan, Rashida Jones' Karen, David Denman's Roy and Andy Buckley's David as actors in Michael's action movie. [TV Guide]

'Smallville''s Aquaman is dropping by '90210' as a love interest for Teddy. Alan Ritchson will play Teddy's former prep school roommate/crush. [TVLine]

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New Pac-Man Animated Series Could be Returning to TV

by Rich Keller, posted Jun 18th 2010 2:20PM
Could a new 'Pac-Man' animated series be coming to TV? Former Marvel Studios CEO Ari Avad hopes so.Over the last few months we've reported the return of '80s cartoon classics 'G.I. Joe,' 'Pound Puppies,' and 'Voltron.' Now comes word of another revival of a character that graced the television screens and arcades in the early years of that decade.

Variety is reporting that Avi Arad, executive adviser at Namco Bandai, plans to bring Pac-Man back to the small screen in a new 3-D animated series. During a 3-minute teaser shown at this year's E3 event, Arad said he wanted the new version of Pac-Man to speak to a different age-range of kids by putting Pac in high school; having him deal with situations that normal teenagers would deal with.

According to Arad, these situations may include questions of who Pac's parents actually are. "He's the only yellow one in Pac-Land; what does that mean?" asked Arad. "Is it a social statement? We'll find out."

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Seven of the worst TV Christmas specials - VIDEOS

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 22nd 2008 2:15PM
Where would we be without the hallowed television Christmas special? We would be engaged in enthralling conversations with relatives who like to give the backstory about the gall bladder operation pictures they still carry in their wallet. We would be playing defense against every breakable item in the house while the neighbor's kids get enough sugar in their systems to power the Space Shuttle. We would not only have to muster the courage to taste Grandma's homemade rum and Kahula fruitcake, but also to pretend that we like it without our stomach turning inside out, crawling up our esophagus and out of our mouth.

Even if those scenarios will be true for you on Dec. 25, I offer you my pity as my Christmas gift. Plus, you still would rather spend it listening to ol' Uncle Hernia Scar than watching one of these holiday hams.

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Major League Gaming to air on USA Network

by Richard Keller, posted Apr 19th 2006 1:22PM

Major League GamingAs a youngster of the greatest decade of all decades, the 1980's, I remember watching a game show where contestants played about a minute or two of the hottest video games of the time (Frogger, Pac-Man, Global Thermonuclear War) for cash and prizes. After watching the players performing quite badly on these games I though to myself  'Gee, video game competitions on television will never work.'

Apparently, the hormones racing through my teenage body hindered my opinion-making skills, because they are returning to television, and soon. Major League Gaming has announced an agreement with USA Network to air seven one-hour episodes during the holiday season. The episodes will cover MLG tournaments across the country, the playoffs in Chicago and the Las Vegas championships to be held in November.

I guess I need to start  honing my Pong skills.

 

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