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Gail Simmons on Paying Tribute to 'Willy Wonka,' Sweet 'Desserts' and 'Top Chef Texas'

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 14th 2011 4:00PM
Gail Simmons'Top Chef: Just Desserts' is not a new show. However, Season 2 feels like a completely different program compared to the first season. Nobody can attest to that more than 'Just Desserts' host Gail Simmons.

"The first season of a show, you want to test the waters and it's always a bit of an experiment to see what works and what doesn't," Simmons told AOL TV. "I think, as with 'Top Chef' the original show, we learned that we wanted to up the ante every season and that's what we did."

Compared to last season's wide array of dessert makers -- from more basic bakers to quirky pastry chefs -- Simmons said the Season 2 contestants are more focused, high-level pastry chefs.

"It's not so much about getting desserts onto a plate, or plating desserts," she said. "It's about constructing imaginative masterpieces that are edible. So it's much more architectural and it's really about the highest level of skill that a pastry chef requires. So much more than just a piece of cake."

On this week's episode (Wed., Sept. 14, 10PM ET on Bravo), 'Top Chef: Just Desserts' pays tribute to 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,' something Simmons said got quite emotional.

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The Office: Golden Ticket

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 13th 2009 1:33AM
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(S05E17) I'm with Jay Black: last week's episode of The Office was kind of "meh" for me. Luckily, this week more than made up for it. Even though season five has our favorite Dunder-Mifflinites looking way more glamorous than in the first season (I mean, really. I know Pam's in love, but it does not make your hair that shiny), we've gone back to season one levels of Michael Scott stupidity.

At first, when Jim and Michael were freaking out about giving 10% off to one of their biggest clients, I couldn't figure out what the big deal was. I mean, I love sales and all, but 10% isn't enough "whimsy" to make me want to wear a top hat. Then I realized that the coupon was for 10% the entire year -- and as Darryl said, they use three pallets of paper a week. So that's bad enough -- but then it turned into 50%, and I can see why everyone was freaking out.

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What's on tonight: 30 Days, Blade, Mythbusters, America's Got Talent, So You Think

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 16th 2006 4:50PM
  • Criss AngelAt 7:30, ESPN has coverage of the Western & Southern Financial tennis tournament.
  • At 8, FOX has the two hour season finale of So You Think You Can Dance.
  • CBS has a new Rock Star: Supernova at 8.
  • NBC has a new, two hour America's Got Talent at 8, with the final performances.
  • ABC Family has the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at 8.
  • At 9, Discovery has a new Mythbusters.
  • HGTV has a new I Want That! Tech Toys at 9, followed by a new Urban Outsiders.
  • The Travel Channel has a new episode of the Professional Poker Tour, also at 9.
  • At 10, A&E has a new Criss Angel Mindfreak.
  • FX has a new 30 Days at 10.
  • There's a new Blade on Spike at 10.
  • Also at 10: Bravo has a new Project Runway.

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What's on tonight: Survivor, Will and Grace, Office, Smallville, ER

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 27th 2006 4:44PM
  • My Name Is EarlABC has two hours of American Inventor starting at 8. The first hour is some sort of "best of" and then there's a regular episode. It's followed by a new Commander-In-Chief.
  • There's a new Survivor on CBS at 8, followed by new eps of CSI and Without A Trace.
  • NBC has a new Will and Grace, a repeat My Name Is Earl, a new Earl, a new Office and a new ER.
  • FOX has two new eps of That 70s Show and then a new The O.C.
  • The WB has new eps of Smallville and Supernatural, while UPN has new eps of Everybody Loves Chris, Love, Inc, Eve, and Cuts.
  • ABC Family has the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at 8.
  • At 9, the Sci-Fi Channel has a new original flick, Mammoth.
  • Also at 9: IFC has Vincent Gallo and Christina Ricci in Buffalo 66.
  • At 10, A&E has a new ep of Dallas SWAT.
  • TCM has the original King Solomon's Mines at 10.

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