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Big Brother Buff Boy Blames America's Player for Ouster

Jessie Godderz, Big Brother 10

Last week on Big Brother 10, 22-year-old professional bodybuilder and personal trainer Jessie Godderz was evicted after viewers instructed America's Player, Dan, to vote him out. Now Jessie strikes back, insisting that his game play was "perfect," that one of his house mates was off her meds and that in no way is he arrogant. So, Jessie, how are you doing?
Jessie Godderz: A little sleep deprived... because as much as people want to point the finger at me, it was taken out of my hands when America told Dan what to do. Initially I felt a little confident in Dan by him saying that $500,000 wasn't worth him going back on his word, and he got paid not even a fraction of that to put me out of the house. Granted, teachers don't get paid that much, but if that's what he wants to stand by, it's just a little hypo read more

Ted Allen Goes for the Gross on Food Detectives

Ted Allen, Food Detectives

After playing the part of resident connoisseur on the culture-bending Queer Eye and recurring guest judge on Top Chef, culinary expert Ted Allen dives into a whole new kettle of fish with Food Detectives (premiering Tuesday at 9 pm/ET, Food Network). But this is not your average food show: "We're taking well-known myths and creating scientific experiments to test whether they're true," says Allen. So what makes Detectives different from other food shows?
Ted Allen:
We have a group of henchmen, called Food Techs, whom we submit to various forms of torture — everything from eating habanero chilies to test what's the best way to cool down your mouth to studying whether ginger really prevents motion sickness. Which means you have to come up with a way to nauseate people — just think hot dogs, taxis, carnival rides. [Laughs] There are lo read more

Survivor's Chet and Jonathan Sound Off

Chet (left) and Jonathan, Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites

In Nina's absence (she's having a baby!), here is this week's slightly tardy Q&A with the most recently cast-off Survivor — or in this case, Survivors. Chet Welsh and Jonathan Penner discuss their strategies, their disappointments, and the infections that sent both of them into surgery after their departure from the game. This week, Survivor airs on Wednesday at 8 pm/ET on CBS. Do you feel cheated out of the rest of your Survivor experience?
Jonathan: I would like to go back to the island, and get my time back.
Chet: I wasn't the strongest player there, but I was hanging in there, and I think people were starting to realize that a vote can help get the right people off. Of course, I would have liked to have lasted longer in the game. How were your recoveries? Jonathan, you had to go to surgery afterward?
Jonathan: We both actually had to go to surger read more

Top Chef's Ted Allen Previews This Season's Big City and Bigger Personalities

Ted Allen, Top Chef

The tastiest reality show is back, and this season the Top Chef contestants are whipping out their knives in a new city: Chicago. To get our mouths watering for the show's premiere (tonight at 10 pm/ET, Bravo), celebrity judge Ted Allen told us about the best and worst dishes he's sampled, what new challenges we can look forward to, and some of this season's memorable characters — including the Windy City itself. Why Chicago?
Allen: You're looking for cities that have enough personality to be a character in the show. Every city has its own culinary traditions. In this season's first episode, they have a challenge with one of Chicago's best-known foods. If you think about Miami [where last season was filmed], you think of hot babes in bikinis and white buildings and beautiful sand... and Cuban sand read more

Lots of Surprises from Survivor: Micronesia's Latest Castoff

Joel Anderson, Survivor: Micronesia

He may have seemed like a bully and a brute on Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites (Thursdays at 8 pm/ET, CBS), but Joel Anderson comes off as more sweet and sensitive after the fact. The Phoenix firefighter opened up about the newly reconfigured tribes, his problem with Chet, his real motivation for playing so hard and whose game play he found "stupendous." Did you have any idea you were going to be leaving?
Joel Anderson: I was slightly blindsided; I had a feeling, but I was fairly secure that we were going to be voting Chet off. About halfway through tribal council, the lightbulb went off. Tracy said a few things about me being a bully and my lack of communication, and the fact that no one else would go, "You're off-base with that" made me realize there were conversations going read more

Survivor: Micronesia's Fans Vote Off Another Strong Player

Michael Bortone, Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites

Boston native Michael Bortone — better known as Mikey B. — was the latest person voted off Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites (Thursdays at 8 pm/ET, CBS), thanks to yet another power play by Airai tribe mate Joel. Now living in L.A., aspiring actor and writer Mikey B. told us how he really feels about his fellow fans, what we can expect from a merge and why the favorites are starting to dominate. So, Mikey B., what happened?
Michael Bortone: Joel was jealous of me and conspired to get me off. How did you find out you were on the chopping block?
Mikey B.: I tried to speak to Alexis during the day to ask her some questions, and I really didn't get a straight answer from her. I asked her for one favor: to ask Natalie who she was voting for. On read more

Survivor: Micronesia's Nice Guy Finishes Early

Yau-Man Chan, Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites

Yau-Man Chan became the second favorite sent home on last week's Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites (Thursdays at 8 pm/ET, CBS) following a power play by alliance-hopping Cirie. Gracious and kind-spirited to the end, the 55-year-old chief technology officer for the University of California, Berkeley's College of Chemistry talked about the favorites' overconfidence, his run-in with Jonny Fairplay and Dreamz's broken promise back in Fiji. First off, I have to admit I'm really disappointed — you were my favorite of the favorites!
Yau-Man Chan: Thank you. I was more disappointed to have to leave the show so early! Why do you think Cirie was so determined to get you out?
Yau-Man: She had a change of mind. I thought we had an alliance goi read more

Survivor: Micronesia's First Fan to Leave Has "No Regrets"

Mary Sartain, Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites

After losing its first immunity challenge in last week's Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites (Thursdays at 8 pm/ET, CBS), the Airai tribe (that would be the fans) blindsided Mary Sartain, voting her out as a ploy to undermine Mikey B.'s power. The real-estate-company owner from Walnut Creek, California, talked about the division in her tribe, her short-lived alliance and how she found love thanks to her early departure. It seems like we hardly got to know you. Were you shocked at being voted off so early?
Mary Sartain: Definitely; I was blindsided. I thought I'd get a little more time — I wasn't ready to go yet! Your relationship with Mikey clearly did you in. In retrospect, do you regret having gotten close with him so quickly?
Mary: read more

Survivor Shocker: Notorious Jonny Fairplay Is First to Go

Jonny Fairplay, Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites

In the premiere episode of Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites (Thursdays at 8 pm/ET, CBS), Jon Dalton, better known as Jonny Fairplay, shocked everyone by volunteering to be the first to go after the Favorites lost the elimination challenge to the Fans. Never one to shy away from a controversial comment, Fairplay told us all about his "character," his fight with Danny Bonaduce and his baby daughter. That was a quick stay in Micronesia. What happened?
Jonny Fairplay: Honestly, about a week before we left for filming, that's when the whole Danny Bonaduce thing happened. So that week, I had 15 hours of dental surgery, four root canals, the top bone plate above my teeth completely shattered.... And also, my girlfriend, Michelle Deighton from America's Next Top Model, who's now my fi read more

House Is Back! Olivia Wilde, aka "Thirteen," Has the Scoop

Olivia Wilde, House

If you're feeling light-headed from the recent lack of House, fear not: The first of three original episodes airs tonight (9 pm/ET, Fox), and it promises to be a doozy. The episode, "It's a Wonderful Lie," guest-stars Janel Moloney (The West Wing) as a woman who injures her daughter because of a sudden, inexplicable paralysis; but it's her apparent inability — or unwillingness — to tell a lie that has Dr. House both puzzled and fascinated. "It's a Wonderful Lie" also happens to be a Christmas episode, the odd timing coming as a consequence of the strike-condensed season. "I think the fact that it is Christmas is sort of odd and funny, but in the vein of House humor," says Olivia Wilde, who plays newly hired Thirteen (her actual name has yet to be revealed on the show). "It’s something that House would do —& read more

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