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Now We Know What Heidi Montag, Danielle Staub and Jake Pavelka Are Filming Together ... Yay?

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 6th 2011 10:45AM
Heidi Montag, Danielle StaubWhen you think "failing restaurant" and "reality TV," do the names Danielle Staub, Heidi Montag and Jake Pavelka immediately come to mind? Probably not, but according to People, they will soon.

The magazine reports the three reality stars are going to star in a VH1 series that will see them team with fellow reality stars for the project. Yesterday, AOL TV reported the trio was spotted filming an unnamed project.

"They are revamping a restaurant from the ground up," a source told People. "They started shooting this past weekend."

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Fox Orders a Third Season of 'Kitchen Nightmares'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 21st 2010 2:00PM
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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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Chef Bobby Flay Cooks Up NBC Restaurant Show

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 14th 2010 11:19AM
bobby_flay_grill_smilingNBC is determined to get a piece of the delicious pie that's known and cooking television. While Food Network would seem to be the destination of choice for all things culinary, Bravo's had successes with 'Top Chef' and 'Top Chef Masters,' so NBC is enlisting those producers to cook up something foodie for its network that'll actually succeed. NBC has hired chef Bobby Flay to top line 'America's Next Great Restaurant,' a new food competition show to air next season.

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already one of the most prolific stars at Food Network. He's on 'Iron Chef' as one of America's iron chefs, he's a judge on 'The Next Food Network Star,' and hosts (or has hosted) 'Throwdown,' 'Boy Meets Grill' and 'Grill It.' You would think he's busy enough with FN -- as well as four restaurants of his own -- but the lure of NBC has clearly gotten to him. This new show, formerly called 'United Plates of America' will likely get a major promotion by NBC.

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Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares: The Runaway Girl (season premiere) - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 3rd 2009 3:30PM
Gordon RamsayTV viewers who only know Kitchen Nightmares from the FOX version might be surprised by the original UK version. Sure, he gets ticked off and swears in the UK version (and some of the swears are unbleeped!), but it's also a quieter, more serious show than the FOX version. Ramsay narrates himself, unlike the FOX version which uses a Hell's Kitchen-like narrator and approach that is more loud and abrasive.

Last night was the season premiereon BBC America. What did you think?

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NBC cooks up a new food reality show with a big prize

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 19th 2009 2:30PM
nbc_logo_colorOkay, take the idea of Shark Tank (or Dragon's Den if you're a BBC America fan), mix it with the Top Chef folks, offer a great grand prize and hope for the best. That's the recipe behind NBC's new food competition show, United Plates of America. The network is turning to the Magical Elves from Top Chef -- no, seriously, that's the production company's name -- to succeed in the food field where NBC has flopped in the past. Remember The Chopping Block? Remember Rocco DiSpirito's The Restaurant? NBC has more luck with the dieters on The Biggest Loser.

This go-round is not about a single restaurant. It's about a chain of restaurants. To me, that's a questionable goal. Most successful chains start off with one great restaurant and then take off. This concept is go big or go home. Maybe it's more complicated, but it doesn't sound that way.

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Hell's Kitchen: Season Finale - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 14th 2009 1:24PM
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I haven't watched this season of Hell's Kitchen since the second episode. But I have them all recorded just in case I wanted to get back into it and maybe I'll take one of these weekend days and do a marathon. Of course, since I'm writing this post I already know who won, but it won't ruin the season for me. It's all about the journey (and a chef yelling at people).

So were you surprised by who won?

[Watch episodes and clips of Hell's Kitchen and other shows at SlashControl.]

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Some Kitchen Nightmares restaurants survive, some don't

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 27th 2009 11:05AM
Chef RamsayOne thing I'd like to see on certain TV shows are follow-ups to stories. Specifically I'm talking about real-life shows like Cops or design shows. Another show I'd add to the list is Kitchen Nightmares, the FOX (and Channel 4) show that has Gordon Ramsay going into restaurants and helping them get their act together.

Some episodes of the show feature Ramsay visiting the place weeks or a few months later, but I'd like to see the restaurants a year or two later, to see if they're still doing things Ramsay's way or not (and if they're still in business).

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Yes, The Chopping Block returns to NBC tonight

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 19th 2009 5:06PM
The Chopping BlockI was deciding whether or not to include exclamation points in that headline, so it read Yes! Chopping Block returns to NBC tonight! But I realized that this is one show that doesn't really deserve them.

Does anyone really remember this show? And if you do remember it but didn't watch it, are you interested in checking it out? And if you did watch it, were you breathlessly awaiting its return or did you simply forget about it because it wasn't very good and/or you didn't think it would be coming back so you didn't want to get to invested in it? I watched and reviewed the first episode, and I found it rather underwhelming. This might be the ultimate example of a network burning off a canceled show during the summer.

NBC is using an exclamation point on the show's web site, so maybe the return of The Chopping Block is more important than we think.

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Kitchen Nightmares season 2 - an early look

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 1st 2008 10:04AM
Chef RamsayIt's rather interesting, when you think about it, that chef Gordon Ramsay has not one but two shows on FOX, Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares. And this isn't like Rachael Ray having 22 different shows. She has a show that is syndicated to many stations around the county, and her other shows are on a cable station, Food Network, where she is a brand and one of the top stars. FOX is a major network, with not as many time slots as a cable station, so FOX must really believe in Ramsay to give him shows that air year-round, not just in one season.

Fans of the first season are going to be particularly interested in what happens on the very first episode.

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The Adventures of Little Gordon Ramsay - VIDEOS

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 14th 2008 6:06PM
Little Gordon RamsayWhat's more entertaining than seeing acclaimed British chef Gordon Ramsay go ballistic on Hell's Kitchen contestants and inept restaurant managers? Seeing a 9 year-old Gordon Ramsay go ballistic on inept restaurant managers and his own mom.

That's the gist of these two videos (after the jump) from Caterer.com, a hospitality job site. The first one shows a little Gordon Ramsay (great hair) getting ticked off at the "anemic" school lunch his mom has packed for him. The second clip shows him out at an anniversary dinner with his parents, where he freaks out on a waitress and her boss when the food doesn't arrive on time, even though the restaurant is completely empty.

I know these were made as promotion for Caterer.com, but they should include them as extras on any Ramsay DVDs and show them on his TV shows as well. He even has his own web site.

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Dan Marino will NOT be Dancing with the Stars

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 7th 2008 2:43PM
D MarinoI knew it! In fact, in the comments to Bob's post about who was rumored to be booked for the new season of Dancing with the Stars, I wrote the following: "I love Dan Marino. He's always been one of my all time favorites, but he was known for his arm and quick release, not his footwork!! If Danny is one of the contestants, only his blue eyes will keep him on past round one. I think In Touch is out of touch about this name!"

Well, today Dan Marino's spokesman officially denied the rumor. While Dan was watching the Miami Dolphins scrimmage, his rep told the press that for every year since the show began, Dancing with the Stars has invited Dan Marino to find the dancer in his soul, and every year he's turned them down. Good for Dan.

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Fox giving us more Kitchen Nightmares

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 17th 2007 1:40PM

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Looks like FOX likes food, reality shows, and people who swear a lot.

The network has ordered another season of the Gordon Ramsay restaurant show Kitchen Nightmares. The show is in its first season right now, and is actually doing rather well considering it has been up against the hype of the new Bionic Woman, Criminal Minds, and the Grey's Anatomy spinoff Private Practice. This means we'll see a lot of Ramsay on FOX in the future, since Hell's Kitchen is on the network and does well in the ratings too.

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Kitchen Nightmares -- An early look

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 18th 2007 11:04AM

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Before I started watching the British Kitchen Nightmares on BBC America, someone told me that this is a kinder, gentler Gordon Ramsay. One that doesn't swear as much as he does on FOX's Hell's Kitchen. And they were right, he doesn't swear that much. He swears a lot more.

But you do sense that he cares about getting these restaurants going again. The premise is this: Ramsay travels around the U.S. and helps to fix screwed up restaurants. I worked in many kitchens over the course of around 11 years and they were all screwed up in some way or another, so I'm sure he'll have an endless supply of places to fix.

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Judge lets Gordon Ramsay film a second season of his show

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 10th 2007 3:03PM

Gordon RamsayRemember a while back when we told you about Gordon Ramsay being sued by a restaurant manager who accused the celebrity chef of making up scenes and catastrophes for Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares? Here's an update.

A Federal Judge in Manhattan has throw the case out of court. However, this doesn't mean that the case is over. The two parties now have to go into abritration to resolve the conflict. And the lawyer for the restaurant manager says that he expects the case to go back to court at some point.

But it does mean that Ramsay is now free to film the next season of Kitchen Nightmares. The show airs in the U.S. on BBC America. I haven't seen the show yet but I hear that Ramsay is a little nicer in this one and there's a huge reduction in the amount of F-bombs thrown in the kitchen.

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New York Times likes first Top Chef winner's restaurant

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 25th 2007 5:38PM

Harold DieterleThis review confused me for a moment. New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni gives Perilla, the restaurant owned by first season Top Chef winner Harold Dieterle, one star out of four. Now, if you're talking about movies or TV shows or albums, that's probably the "poor" category. But the way Bruni and the Times do it, it actually stands for "good" (if you get zero stars or just get a "satisfactory" rating, that's a bad thing). I wonder what four stars means? Best meal in the history of the universe?

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