Crank up the heat! The new Bravo series Top Chef Duels pits 18 past winners, finalists and fan favorites from Top Chef, Top Chef Masters and Top Chef All-Stars in ferocious one-on-one competitions that will play upon each chef's weaknesses and lead — at the end of 10 weeks — to the grand champ winning $100,000. Judge Gail Simmons offers up a tasty appetizer.
Who's up for some "Day Drinking"? Not only is Little Big Town hosting CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock for the second year in a row, but the white-hot group will also perform its current chart-topping salute to afternoon boozing. The rowdy three-hour special, filmed in Nashville over four days in June, also boasts Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, the Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and more top acts. LBT's Kimberly Schlapman gave us a down-home preview.
Lauralee Bell, Doug Davidson and Melody Thomas Scott
Honeymoon for three? On CBS's The Young and the Restless, hotshot attorney Christine (Lauralee Bell) has been in a tizzy since learning that her hubby Paul (Doug Davidson) and his pal Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) created a child decades ago when they were members of a hippie love cult. This bizarre development — news to everyone in Genoa City, including the parents — has really bonded Paul and Nikki, to the point where he now seems hesitant to go through with plans to have a baby with Christine. What's worse, that damn drama queen Nikki won't go away! On Aug. 8, she's so emotionally distraught she intrudes on Christine and Paul's long-delayed honeymoon. TV Guide Magazine went to lunch with the three stars to find out where this divine mess is headed.
Melody Thomas Scott and Meredith Baxter
Hmmm...wonder if she'll have any family ties? TV Guide Magazine can exclusively confirm that TV icon Meredith Baxter is heading to daytime's No. 1 soap, The Young and the Restless. The juicy gig will have her character, Maureen, kicking back a few cocktails — make that lots of cocktails — with troubled socialite Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott).
Hide your husbands and your sons! Emmy winner Eileen Davidson is heading back to NBC's Days of Our Lives as maniacal mantrap Kristen DiMera and, as you can see in this exclusive preview clip, she's already roped in Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian) — literally.
William deVry, Nancy Lee Grahn
You ask, they deliver. TV Guide Magazine sat down with General Hospital stars William deVry and Nancy Lee Grahn — better known as the über-popular Julexis — for a sprawling chat too big for one installment. Part 1 posted last week. Now, in part 2 of the interview, deVry and Grahn answer Twitter questions from their devoted fan base, the Julexis Army.
TV Guide Magazine: Let's start out with a question that's sure to get one of you into trouble. Your fan @EdinaHotdish wants to know: "What's the best and worst thing about working with each other?"
William deVry: Nancy's constant need to protect me on the set.
Nancy Lee Grahn: I have to show him the ins and outs at the studio. He needs help understanding the vibe. He doesn't know how things work. William is like an innocent little puppy.
It's the worst kind of identity theft. When NBC's Grimm returns this fall for its fourth season, we'll meet up with Gedächtnis Esser — aka Octo-Man — a nefarious new Wesen who can attach his tentacles to your head and steal all your memories, leaving you either dead or with severe amnesia. And we've got the very first look at the slimy fellow!
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What's new? What's hot? What's next? TLC's celebrity genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? doesn't give a hoot about the zeitgeist — certainly not when the past is so damn dramatic! Executive producer Lisa Kudrow gives the scoop on the new season (premiering Wednesday at 9/8c), kicking off tonight with a former Sex and the City star making a horrifying discovery...
Tony Luke Jr. and Josh Capon
It's aliiive! Culinary competition shows take a freaky turn with Spike's Frankenfood, in which amateur chefs dream up oddball food combos (peanut-butter-and-jelly fish sticks, anyone?) for a chance to get their creations on the menu at a hot restaurant. Top judge, chef Josh Capon, set aside his spit bucket to get dishy with us.
TV Guide Magazine: This is like fusion cuisine by Satan. How can you bear to eat some of this stuff?
Sofia the First, Ming-Na Wen (inset)
Years before she was an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Ming-Na Wen voiced the title role in the 1998 Disney hit Mulan. Now she's bringing back the beloved character in Disney Channel's Sofia the First and TV Guide Magazine has the exclusive first look. The episode, airing Aug. 15, finds the feisty Chinese heroine giving strategic advice to little Sofia whose stepdad, the king, is trapped in a jaguar's den. We spoke with Wen about how it feels to be a part of Disney Princess history — even though the Mouse House had to fudge a bit!