The very idea of 'Top Chef All Stars' is exciting. For one thing, if you've been a fan of 'Top Chef' for the past seven seasons, you already know these players. There's no need to get familiar with them, they're known quantities.
Marcel is annoying, but a great cook. Richard might have won if he hadn't choked in the finals. Tiffani overreached in her Season 1 finale and might have deserved the title of Top Chef after all. Every chef has a story that we already know.
So here we have the creme de la creme ... one step removed. This is the group of chefs who almost won the whole enchilada. To make it worth their while, there would be cash on the line.
Since its debut on Nov. 23, 1993, Food Network has expanded like mad. It launched food products that fill our supermarket shelves. There's media exposure via a website and monthly magazine ... and that doesn't include Rachael Ray's talk show and Guy Fieri's game show and Alton Brown's grape juice commercials. And it launched a secondary outlet in The Cooking Channel.
But the key to all the success is the Food Network itself.
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas came out in monkey costumes, and did a jive dance to the theme from 'The Monkees.' Bristol has been criticized for not showing enough personality on the dance floor. But when dressed in a full bodysuit, she was a lot less uptight.
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Ex-manager Aubry Fisher walks in -- unexpectedly -- and gets a hell of a nasty reception from tattoo artists Corey Miller and Craig Jackman.
Apparently, Amy Nicoletto asked Fisher to come in to help out -- but neglected to tell anyone else. This ticks off Jackman to no end. He hasn't gotten over the manner in which Fisher left the shop and doesn't want anything to do with her.
"Having Aubry in the mix again is something I never wanted," Jackman said. "She's pretty useless."
"You stay out of my way," Jackman tells her.
"I just walked into a xxxxstorm," Fisher responds.
Ready for some "666" tattoos?
I appreciated the fact that the 'Dancing With the Stars' producers placed the jive and quickstep in the same week since they're equally difficult dances due to their speed. It meant that the older and fatter contestants had a shot of holding up against their younger and healthier completion.
As the show began, I couldn't help but gawk at the triangles that emphasized Brooke's breasts throughout the whole episode. When the stars walked down, I couldn't help but love how Jennifer Grey loved her outfit and kept bouncing throughout the opening.
Sarah Palin was also on the show, but she was there as a supportive mother, not as a political figure. As such I hope she was happy with her daughter's performance.
I'm not sure how you can have someone take pictures of you masturbating and still consider yourself a private person, but I'm not an artiste.
Bravo. Watch what happens!
The results of her stunt -- which took place April 16, pool side, at the Palomar Hotel in Westwood -- were broadcast on Tuesday night's episode of 'Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List' (Tue., 10PM ET on Bravo).
Kathy set up an outdoor gynecological exam table and had a gynecologist take a pap smear -- in front of an applauding and thoroughly happy live audience -- while an announcer gave a blow-by-blow description of the procedure.
Griffin wants to say "Suck it to Cancer" because, she told E! in April, "I started talking to girlfriends of mine, my age and younger, and I just can't believe how many women are afraid to get a Pap smear or they forget or they've gone 10 years without doing one. The message is, if you see me doing something so outrageous -- some may say repulsive -- that should make it easier for you to pick up the phone and call your doctor and go get one in the privacy of your own doctor's office."
"I got mine done because I always thought it was my destiny to have big boobs," Madison said on Sunday's episode of 'Holly's World' (Sun., 10:30PM ET on E!). Why? "There's some things you just know," she said.
Apparently Holly started growing boobs in the fifth grade but then they stopped before everyone else's started. So she stuffed her bra when she started dating, and then took advantage of science when implants came along.
Better living through chemistry.
Take away the hyper-focused battles of 'Next Iron Chef' and the off-the-wall twists of 'Top Chef Masters' and you get something that's just about cooking. Sort of like the 'What Not to Wear' of food, Besh's new show teaches Americans how to reinvent their cooking skills and revamp their relationships with food.
I talked to the enthusiastic chef to get his take on the new show, what he thinks the most common problem is for frustrated home cooks and his very candid feelings about those other shows you might've seen him on.
New hosts Carson Kressley and Beth Ostrosky Stern -- he of 'Queer Eye' fame and she of Mrs. King of All Media fame -- are there to keep up the charade, telling contestants they're vying to be the "face of Vegas," when in reality it's all a test of moral strength.
AOL TV got the dish on the new season from the blonde bombshell duo, who tease that the contestants are outrageous and there are plenty of jaw-dropping moments. Carson also asks Beth a very personal question you have to see to believe ...
Today, the network officially ordered second seasons of reality series 'Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business,' 'Basketball Wives' and 'What Chilli Wants,' according to the Live Feed.
"VH1 viewers connected strongly with these three new series this year, and we're so happy that we can continue to share these real-life stories from the worlds of music and celebrity," said VH1 Executive Vice President, Original Programming & Production, Jeff Olde.
'Basketball Wives' is not unlike the 'Real Housewives' on Bravo, but these ladies are connected to some of the biggest stars in the world: players from the NBA, including queen bee Shaunie, Shaquille O'Neal's lady.
According to Live Feed, 'Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back' will profile five extremely overweight children -- four teens and one preteen -- who attend Wellspring Academy, a weight-loss boarding school in North Carolina. Inspired by a documentary on Wellspring that aired on the network last year, the series will follow the kids, as well as their parents, as they go through the ups and downs of losing weight and living healthier lifestyles.
The addition of 'Too Fat for 15' is another entry in the growing trend of weight-issue series. The reality series 'Ruby,' which also airs on Style, focuses on the weight-loss challenges of Ruby Gettinger. The new series 'What's Eating You?,' which airs on Style's sister station E!, will focus on extreme eating disorders.
'Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back' will premiere on Style in August.
'Bachelor' fans remember Ali Fedotowsky as the sweet, lovable girl, vying for Jake's heart last season ... who won him over then dramatically chose to leave the show and go back to work instead. Big mistake? Maybe, at the time, but not irreparable.
As ABC's latest 'Bachelorette,' Ali gets to take the reins, happily welcoming the drama of her 25 new male suitors instead. There's a lawyer, a landscaper, a wrestler, a weatherman and an "outdoorsman" (whatever that means), and they all seem pretty psyched when the find out that Ali is the latest lady looking for love on reality TV.
AOL TV sat down with Ali to find out if it's harder on the other side, the dream date that "floored" her and how easy it was to spot that wrestler. Oh yeah, and she gives us her version of the "I-can't-tell-you-if-I'm-in-love-or-not" answer: "I made the best decisions for me, all along the way."
Here's hoping those decisions actually involve sticking around till the end this time.
The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed is reporting that the network has picked up the new reality series 'Auction Heroes.' Produced by Gurney Productions, the series will showcase two friends who make their fortunes by purchasing storage containers at auctions and re-selling their contents at pawn shops for a profit.
According to the cable channel, the show will highlight the this new frontier of uncovering riches that can be as cutthroat as Wall Street. Though not too cutthroat, as the production company will have exclusive access to one of the larger storage chains in the nation.
Eight 30-minute episodes of 'Auction Heroes' have been ordered by Spike. The stars of the show and the premiere date have yet to be announced.
Seriously, when one does a "reality television show" about a state, it's usually called a documentary or a tourism video. If that's the purpose, then this is a good idea. Sarah Palin could host a documentary about Alaska. She'll likely be on script, so there are no dangers of fielding questions from reporters and given her fame, it would likely be a boon to the state in terms of tourism. They would want to see the sort of place that would produce someone like her.
However, this show will more likely focus on the ex-Governor herself as well as her family and their experiences within the state. It is interesting how she wants the media to leave her family alone but has no problems parading them in front of the camera for her own ends.
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