America's Next Great Restaurant

2011, TV Show

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America's Next Great Restaurant Winner Soul Daddy Shuts Down Two Locations

Jamawn Woods

America's Next Great Restaurant? Not so great just yet.

Soul Daddy, the winning restaurant from the NBC reality show, has shuttered two of its three locations in New York and Los Angeles, Eater reports.

From creator Jamawn Woods, Soul Daddy opened three restaurants in New York, Los Angeles and Minneapolis on May 2 with investors (and series judges) Bobby Flay, Curtis Stone, Lorena Garcia and Chipotle founder Steve Ells. Woods' healthy soul food cuisine beat out... read more

Sunday's Pre-Empted Shows: Watch Them Now!

Donald Trump, David Caruso

President Barack Obama's address about the killing of elusive terrorist Osama bin Laden late Sunday night interfered with prime-time programming on both coasts.

U.S. military operation kills 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, President Obama announces

Although the President didn't speak until around 11:35 p.m. ET, most networks cut into their programming... read more

Ratings: Bin Laden Coverage Skews Figures; Desperate Housewives Tops Viewership

Osama bin Laden

After taking a shellacking at the White House Correspondents Dinner, Donald Trump and Celebrity Apprentice was short-circuited by President Barack Obama's announcement that U.S. special forces had killed Osama bin Laden.

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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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Ratings: Beyond the Blackboard Helps CBS Chalk Up an Easter Win

Emily VanCamp

Amid all the Easter dinners and visiting, prime-time television tried to lure viewers with a mishmash of first-run episodes, specials and repeats, and CBS won the night in total viewership — helped by the new Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Beyond the Blackboard.

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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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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

Ratings: Kennedys, Borgias Post Solid Debuts

The Kennedys

Famous families got off to relatively impressive starts as The Kennedys attracted 1.9 million viewers, a record for the relatively obscure basic cable ReelzChannel, and Showtime's The Borgias reeled in 1.49 million total viewers, boosting the pay-cable outlet to a seven-year peak for a dramatic premiere.

And while The Killing failed to match the ratings of The Walking Dead, it still totaled... read more

Ratings: Shameless, Army Wives Hit Series Highs

Army Wives

Shameless' Season 1 conclusion attracted 1.51 million people over two airings, hitting a series high.

The record numbers also gave Showtime its largest viewership for a freshman show's finale in a decade. (Queer as Folk got 1.49 million in 2001).

Army Wives on Lifetime also posted a series high in its fifth season — 4.8 million viewers. The ensemble drama, starring Kim Delaney and Catherine Bell, is the No. 1 drama on... read more

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Premiered: March 06, 2011, on NBC
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Contestants square off to launch a restaurant chain in this unscripted competition series from the producers of "Top Chef" and "Project Runway." Each competitor's restaurant concept must pass grueling business and cooking tests, with the winner ultimately earning restaurant openings in three locations---Hollywood, Minneapolis and New York City. Culinary mavens Bobby Flay, Curtis Stone, Steve Ells and Lorena Garcia are the investors and also serve as mentors.

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