Don't mess with Gordon Ramsay. The no-baloney supercook and restaurateur launches Season 5 of Fox's MasterChef on Monday, May 26 (8/7c) and will try to keep his cool as he takes the contestants out of the kitchen and into the field for an array of epic challenges. He gave TV Guide Magazine all the dish.
TV Guide Magazine: This season you have your competitors preparing food for hundreds of U.S. servicemen, catering a lavish beach wedding and taking command of a hot Hollywood restaurant. Isn't this a bit much for home cooks?
Ramsay: We're really pushing our people this season by making it real — not reality TV. Cooking for more than 500 Marines on a military base out in the desert would be a tall order for anyone trying to break into the restaurant trade, like the people on Hell's Kitchen, and it's even more difficult for our home cooks. We don't want them to perfect just one dish. We want them to perfect an entire Michelin-style restaurant! But those who can't take it don't make it.
Look who's coming out of her coma! Suds goddess and two-time Emmy winner Gina Tognoni has won the hotly contested role of Phyllis Summers on CBS's The Young and the Restless. The character, originated by Michelle Stafford, has been hospitalized and off the show for a year. A rep for Y&R tells TV Guide Magazine that Tognoni's audition and take on the character was "flawless."
Comfort food doesn't need to be heart-attack food, according to Carla Hall, who recently published her second cookbook, Carla's Comfort Food: Favorite Dishes from Around the World (Atria Books). The Nashville native and cohost of ABC's The Chew gave us the Hootie Hoo!
Kristin Lehman, Louis Ferreira. Brendan Penny
It's not a whodunit, it's a whydunit! ABC's Motive returns for its sophomore season on Wednesday, May 21 (10/9c), doing what most crime shows wouldn't dare: The killer is revealed in the opening moments of each episode.
"It's so much more compelling than having eight suspects," says Dennis Heaton, showrunner of the Canadian import series. "When things happen in life — whether it's something as tragic as a death or as trivial as a parking ticket — one of our most important questions is: 'Why did this happen?'"
In a first for daytime drama, CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful went all the way to the Middle East for the wedding of Brooke Logan and Bill Spencer (Katherine Kelly Lang and Don Diamont, pictured below). The exotic adventure, shot in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, airs May 23 through June 3 and includes an uninvited guest — Brooke's ex-hubby Ridge Forrester (Thorsten Kaye), who is determined to stop the I do's. In a wet-and-wild twist, Ridge falls out of a helicopter and into the Persian Gulf and disappears. But is it before or after he gets to the ceremony? Kaye told TV Guide Magazine all about it. Well, almost all.
It's a different kind of toy story. Christian Borle, Megan Hilty and Tom Cavanagh head the voice cast of Disney Junior's first original movie Lucky Duck, which will have its premiere on the channel Friday, June 20 (7/6c). The animated musical film — about a trio of misfit tub toys in search of the kids who love them — will then get a replay the following morning, Saturday, June 21 (9 a.m./8c) on Disney Channel.
Don't call him a "top chef" or even an "expert." Culinary renegade Anthony Bourdain, who prefers the term "enthusiast," is back for Season 3 of his CNN series Parts Unknown (Sundays, 9/8c), a gig that has him circling the globe doing what he does best — eating and schmoozing. TV Guide Magazine spoke with Bourdain, who hits Russia in the May 11 episode.
Is he back? The creepy new Showtime series Penny Dreadful, set in 1891 London, opens with the unbelievably messy dismemberment of a little girl and her pregnant mother. The crime has the Victorians in a panic as they wonder if Jack the Ripper — not heard from in three years — has returned for yet another murder spree. Little do they know, they have so much more to worry about. Such as devils and ghosts and vampires. And ancient Egyptian curses. Oh, and scientifically resurrected dead people, courtesy of one Victor Frankenstein.
Jeanne Cooper, Corbin Bernsen
It was one year ago today that we said goodbye to the great Jeanne Cooper, longtime star of CBS's The Young and the Restless and arguably the most admired and beloved performer in the daytime drama business. In the final days of Cooper's life, her son, actor Corbin Bernsen, took to Facebook to keep us in the loop on her condition, delivering a startlingly emotional, no-holds-barred journal that Cooper's friends, co-stars and fans deeply appreciated. He's still carrying the torch. On June 19, Bernsen will return to his mom's soap as Father Todd Williams when tragedy, once again, strikes Genoa City. The actor spoke with TV Guide Magazine about this year of loss and grief.
Two small-town murders, connected yet separated by a quarter of a century, will bring Treat Williams to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for a guest stint on Wednesday's season finale, "Dead in His Tracks." (10/9c on CBS). The former Everwood star plays security guard Sam Bishop, who was an investigator on the first murder back in 1989 but retired from cop work in frustration when he couldn't solve the case. Now Bishop has reappeared and D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) is leery of him — but suspicion soon turns to awe.
"It turns out Bishop was a man way ahead of his time — a proto-CSI," says Andrew Dettmann, who wrote the episode. "So much of our modern CSI work uses technology that wasn't available in Bishop's day, yet he was using his own inventions to solve crime — like a homemade recipe for detecting gunshot residue and a jerry-rigged camera and weather balloon that did aerial photography like the drones of today."