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Ask Matt: Fringe, The Voice, Justified, Glee and More!

Anna Torv

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Question: To say that I loved the season finale of Fringe would be an understatement. It was amazing! And I know I will be thinking about it all summer long, so I applaud the fantastic writers of this show. What did you think? — Rachel

Matt Roush: I thought what most of the readers of this column probably imagine I thought: Wow! As an hour of emotionally engaging and suspensefully perplexing entertainment, I thought it was a terrific way to end the show's very best season to date. (And so, it seems, did those who've weighed in so far in my mailbox.) Time paradox storylines are always tricky, and risk ...
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Who Will Win America's Next Great Restaurant? Breaking Down the Final 3

Sudhir Kandula,Joseph Galluzzi, Jamawn "Jay" Woods

Only three finalists remain standing, and on Sunday, America's Next Great Restaurant will crown its winner. The day after, a new chain of eateries will open up in Hollywood, Minneapolis and New York City -- will it be the Southern Indian cuisine of Sudhir Kandula, the stick-to-your-ribs soul food of Jamawn J. Woods' or Joseph Galluzzi's saucy balls? We break down their chances:

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What the American Idol Judges Could Learn from America's Next Great Restaurant

Jennifer Lopez, Bobby Flay

Many TV critics have already harped on the American Idol judges this season. Their refrain: J.Lo, Steven and Randy are nothing more than paid cheerleaders, incapable of criticism. In their eyes, all of the Top 13 contestants were winners, and their performances have deserved nothing worse than a "that was kind of pitchy."

American Idol: What do the girls need to do to survive?

We agree, and would like to offer some advice by pointing to lesser-seen TV competition America's Next Great Restaurant, the NBC show in which the winner gets to open a new fast-casual restaurant chain. Seems to us, the Idol panel could learn a lot from the show's four judges Curtis Stone, Bobby Flay, Lorena Garcia and Steve Ells.

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VIDEO: Top Chef Masters' Curtis Stone: Bug Dishes Were "Very Interesting"

Geoffrey Arend, Christina Hendricks, Curtis Stone

Do creepy crawlers make delicious dishes?

Sometimes they do and other times, not so much, as Curtis Stone found out the hard way on Top Chef Masters.

New critics, new host, new format: Producers dish on spicing up Season 3 of Top Chef Masters

"We had them try to create a culinary masterpiece with crickets ...
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America's Next Great Restaurant: Will Joey Stick with Saucy Balls? Should He?

Joseph Galluzzi

Me? I'd totally snarf Italian meatballs from a place called Saucy Balls. Unfortunately, the investors on NBC's America's Next Great Restaurant don't think the rest of the country will.

So pity poor Joey "Saucy Balls" Galluzzi, who has a legitimately great concept for a fast-casual restaurant chain. Juicy meatballs on demand! I can't name many in-and-out places that will satisfy my craving for a good meatball sub or some tasty home-style Italian meatballs (Subway does not count, people).

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New Critics, New Host, New Format: Producers Dish on Spicing Up Season 3 of Top Chef Masters

Top Chef Masters, Curtis Stone, Ruth Reichl and James Oseland

It's hotter in the kitchen this time around on Top Chef Masters.

In Wednesday's third season premiere, three of the 12 master cheftestants will fail to complete their Quickfire dishes (failures made all the more painful because the chefs are paired off in head-to-head combat). The group is then immediately hit with a round of Restaurant Wars.

Bringing out the contestants' competitive edge is just part of an overall revamp to the Top Chef spin-off, which arrives following viewership declines between the first and second seasons (2.2 million viewers vs. 1.6 million). Gone are host Kelly Choi, critics Gael Greene and Jay Rayner, the five-star rating scale and the tournament-style elimination. The masters are still playing for charity but, by design, they'll feel more... read more

Stars Light Up Bravo's L.A. Party

Brad Goreski

Bravo has the market cornered when it comes to catfights and tantrums, but the stars resorted to no such antics at the network's upfronts presentation in L.A. on March 30. Instead, they talked up a storm about what's ahead, and it's all good stuff!

Top Chef Masters host Curtis Stone, who's starting to ...
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Exclusive: NBC Imports Australian Host for Summer Reality Show Love in the Wild

Darren McMullen

NBC has tapped Australian TV personality Darren McMullen to host its new summer "adventure dating" show Love in the Wild.

The show — a mashup of Survivor and The Bachelor, with a little Temptation Island sprinkled on top — follows ten single men and ten single women as they pair up each week to... read more

Top Chef Masters Welcomes New Judge Ruth Reichl, New Format

Top Chef Masters

Top Chef Masters is changing up its format and judges table for its upcoming third season, Bravo announced Wednesday.

At the judges tables, famous food critic and author Ruth Reichl joins regular James Oseland and replaces departing judge Gael Greene. Greene, however, will return for one episode this season. As previously reported, celebrity chef Curtis Stone will join the show as the new host, replacing... read more

Mad Men's Christina Hendricks to Dine on Top Chef Masters

Christina Hendricks

Christina Hendricks will be heating up the competition on Bravo.

The Mad Men star and her actor husband Geoffrey Arend will be the guests of honor on an episode of the upcoming third season of Top Chef Masters, EW reports.

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