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Reality TV

Bravo serves up another season of Top Chef Masters

by Athena Voulgaropoulos Bravo’s Top Chef Masters returns for its third season on Wednesday, April 6 at 11 pm ET/PT with a brand-new format and new award-winning chefs hungry to compete for the title of “Top Chef Master” and win $100,000 for their charity. This season, 12 world-renowned chefs battle for culinary glory in some of the toughest challenges ever seen on the series, including the infamous restaurant wars. In a change from the previous two seasons, the masters will no longer be judged on a five-star rating scale, but in elimination-style challenges similar to the tried-and-true format of the […]

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Reality TV

Top Chef cooks up a 20-city tour

By Lori Acken Talk about your fancy shmancy meals on wheels! Beginning April 15th, Bravo’s top-rated, Emmy and James Beard Award-winning show, Top Chef, takes to the road for its fourth annual “Top Chef: The Tour.” The free event provides fans in 20 cities across the country to meet popular “chef’testants,” learn secrets about their favorite show, and — for the first time in the tour’s history — witness a live, interactive cook-off between two former chef’testants judged by local celebrities and audience members. But there’s more to “Top Chef: The Tour” than just food — there’s fun and games, […]

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Reality TV

“Top Chef” burns itself in the Bahamas

By Tom Comi One of the best reality shows on television is Top Chef, because it forces its contestants to think on their feet and cook food under the most dire of situations. But the producers last week tried to get a little too cute for their own good, and it very well could have put the fire out on what was arguably the best season ever to that point. Top Chef: All-Stars (Bravo, Wednesdays, 10 pm) is a compilation of some of the best contestants in the show’s history, so we knew we were going to be in for […]

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Music

Bravo’s upcoming “Platinum Hit” hits South By Southwest

By Lori Acken Platinum Hit, Bravo’s answer to American Idol for folks who write the songs the whole world (or at least someone who might make it a chart-topper) sings is bringing it’s show to Austin’s South By Southwest music frenzy, even before the series’ TV debut. Hosted by Jewel and judged by erstwhile Idol judge Kara DioGuardi along with a plethora of celebrity guests, Platinum Hit follows 12 musicians as they battle through weekly challenges that require them to write and perform lyrics from multiple musical genres. In the end, one ultimate hitmaker will write themselves a musical ticket […]

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Comedy

Kathy Griffin puts “D-List” to bed

It might be an understatement to say that comedian Kathy Griffin isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but the recent announcement that she will no longer be doing her series My Life on the D-List left me a little sad. And then I couldn’t help but chuckle a little at the irony that a show about a bottom-of-the barrel celebrity would end its run because the celebrity decided it was time. That’s right, this wasn’t Bravo’s call to end the popular reality show; it was all Griffin. “It was a tough, because I think of D-List as pretty much my baby […]

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Talk Show

Bravo’s “Inside The Actors Studio” lands Jim Carrey after 17 years of trying

From Bravo: Bravo starts the year off on a high note as Golden Globe-winner Jim Carrey, one of the most sought-after guests in “Inside the Actors Studio” history, takes the hot seat on Monday, January 10th at 8pm ET/PT. Host James Lipton first invited Carrey 17 years ago to appear on the show and on the night of the memorable taping, told the audience Carrey is worth the “17 years of foreplay.” Leaving no stone unturned, Lipton courses through Carrey’s early days as a class clown in school to the janitorial job he had to take in order to support […]

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TV News & Program Updates

Bravo announces new real-time Twitter initiative

From Bravo: Expanding on its robust offerings of real-time engagement tools such as the Talk Bubble and the interactive iPad app Bravo Now, Bravo Media collaborated with Twitter to launch @BravoTV, a real-time social media experience and interactive site where fans can engage with each other 24/7 about their favorite Bravo shows and Bravolebrities. Additionally, TelevisionWithoutPity.com will launch Talk Without Pity, a social media dashboard for the TV junkie, where users can find, consume, and participate in real-time virtual watercooler buzz surrounding their favorite programs and performers. The announcement was made by Lisa Hsia, Senior Vice President of Bravo Digital […]

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Reality TV

Where has all the Kara gone? Bravo’s upcoming “Going Platinum”

Worry not, fans of departed American Idol Judge Kara DioGuardi — or folks fearing the longtime FOX ratings juggernaut may be jumping the shark with an upcoming season full of kooky shakeups. Bravo has greenlit Going Platinum (currently the show’s working title), a new music competition series showcasing emerging singer-songwriters on their quest to become the next big hitmaker. Country-pop poet Jewel is set to host the series and lend her experience via feedback to DioGuardi, who serves as head judge each week (Take THAT Simon!). According to the network: Going Platinum will follow 12 musicians as they battle through a series […]

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Reality TV

Bravo declares September 15 “Top Chef Just Desserts Day”

To promote its new spinoff series Top Chef Just Desserts, Bravo is naming September 15 — the date of the series’ premiere — Top Chef Just Desserts Day. The national event will offer free desserts through various outlets across the country. Consumers will be able to sample free desserts at local participating bakeries and retailers, from Top Chef Just Desserts-branded trucks in certain cities, and through a special partnership with Opentable.com.

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Interview

A classier “Housewives” for Bravo?

By Emily Mitchell “D.C. has a certain expectation of how you behave and treat people and argue. I think you are going to see a more refined edge to these women. It’s probably going to be a little classier,” says Mary Schmidt Amons, one of the stars of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of D.C. In other words, the nation’s capital will be no place for wig-pulling and girl fights. With a dynamic cast, the network’s fifth Housewives series — which joins Orange County, New York, Atlanta and New Jersey — promises to add another facet of drama in its portrayal […]