This week, the major networks unveiled trailers for their new series at the upfront presentations in New York City. Ahead of the American Office finale this week, Ricky Gervais resurrects the original inspiration for Michael Scott: David Brent from the show's British version. Top Chef Season 8 winner Richard Blais debuted Season Two of his web series Burger Lab, and Hannah Hart, the creator of web series "My Drunk Kitchen," posted more video diaries to her new YouTube channel about her cross-country road trip adventures. Check out those clips in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
Fabio Viviani, Jennifer Carroll, Richard Blais, Spike Mendelsohn
Top Chef will launch yet another spin-off on Wednesday, but this one will not feature any masters or just desserts. In fact, it's not a competition series at all. Life After Top Chef (10/9c, Bravo) will instead do exactly as the title says: offer a behind-the-scenes look at former cheftestants as they run or open restaurants, expand their brands and live their lives.
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The cast includes two-time cheftestants Spike Mendelsohn, Fabio Viviani, Richard Blais and Jennifer Carroll, each of whom are in varying stages of their careers since viewers last saw them on All-Stars nearly two years ago. So what have they been up to? And what can you expect this season? Keep reading to find out.
Kandi Buress, Fabio Viviani
Bravo has given the green light to 11 new series, including two scripted shows and spin-offs of Top Chef and Real Housewives, the network announced on Thursday.
22 Birthdays is a scripted drama about the scandalous activities of a group of parents at an exclusive private school, with each episode focusing on an extravagant birthday party. Blowing Sunshine, also scripted, is set at a rehabilitation center and follows the staff and their high-profile patients.
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Life After Top Chef will feature former contestants Jen Carroll, Richard Blais, Fabio Viviani and...
Tom Colicchio, Elia Aboumrad
In case you missed it, Elia is so not over having been eliminated first on Top Chef All-Stars.
After getting the boot in the season premiere, she mouthed off to the press about how she had been unfairly judged and specifically went after head judge Tom, accusing him of not serving grass-fed beef in his restaurants and endorsing Diet Coke. "He has become someone who is not all about the food anymore," she told the Chicago Tribune in December. "He's not all about supporting farmers markets. He's all about high-fructose corn syrup and there is only corn-fed beef on all of his menus now."
Top Chef's Mike: I thought I won
At the end of Wednesday's reunion special, host Andy Cohen asked her to explain her comments.
After putting out his "best food" on the Top Chef: All-Stars finale, Mike Isabella thought victory was his — until Padma Lakshmi announced Richard Blais as the champ. "I thought I won. I've never gotten comments like that before in both seasons," Mike tells TVGuide.com. "Regardless, I did win. ... It was a personal victory. To be on All-Stars and to make it that far — when it was time to step up, I stepped up. As it got tighter and tighter, I got better and better. I couldn't ask for anything more of myself. I'm really proud of myself." Find out how he prepped for the finale, why he's "so proud" of Jamie and if he ever got that "8:37" tattoo.
Grey's Anatomy, Sara Ramirez
No, it wasn't an April Fool's curtain-raiser. Watching the "very special" musical episode of Grey's Anatomy, I was reminded of the even more "very special" live episode of ER back at its height in 1997. My reaction now is as it was then: Take a bow, everyone, and promise never to do it again. The episode itself, a classic Grey's multi-hankie trauma-rama, would have worked just as well (if not better) without the distracting gimmick, dramatizing the frenzied aftermath of pregnant Callie's grievous car injury and coma as the staff of "Seattle Grace Mercy Death" (Alex's inspired new nickname) scrambles and argues at length, and sometimes in song, about how to save her and the baby, which is delivered alarmingly premature — and thankfully does not burst into an aria...
After two years, Richard Blais finally "exorcised his demons" about losing Season 4 of Top Chef by winning All-Stars. So does it mean more to win an all-stars edition as opposed to a regular season? "I think so, for sure," he tells TVGuide.com. "I had to wait two years to get another opportunity. It just worked out really well. I learned a lot from the first time around. I think winning All-Stars — the field and the competition are a lot deeper." See what else the Season 8 champ has to say about his victory, if he really needs to see a therapist and if he'll take Fabio to Barbados.
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Our top moments of the week:
11. Worst Reminder: When Tamra and Vicki head South of the Border to Cabo San Lucas on The Real Housewives of Orange County, Tamra decides to "do as the Cabo-nians do" and do a body shot at the poolside bar. She urges her friend to do the same, but Vicki is far too mortified and reminds Tamra that she's the mother of four. Well, we guess someone has to teach them eventually, right?
10. Skating on Thin Ice Award: There's a time and a place to speak your mind, Bethenny, and your first practice session ...
Mike Isabella, Richard Blais
Spoiler Alert: The following reveals the winner of Top Chef: All-Stars.
After a grueling season on Top Chef: All-Stars that included fishing, feeding Jimmy Fallon, a kitchen fire and snorkeling, Richard Blais and Mike Isabella face off one last time for the title that has already eluded them once.
Since there's no rest for the weary, no sooner had Antonia exited the premises than...
Our top moments of the week:
11. Best Party: It may be her first house party, but Rachel Berry impresses her fellow glee clubbers — and, most importantly, "Blaine Warbler." In a drunken bid to prove to Finn she's not a "needy girl drunk," Rachel kisses the same-sex-oriented Blaine during a game of Spin the Bottle. And this being Glee, the two express their affection with a charged-up duet cover of Human League's "Don't You Want Me."
10. Music to Our Ears Award: While packing up to return the karaoke machine he got for tone-deaf Gloria on Modern Family, Jay decides to give the ol' thing a...