"Trust me. It's game on!"
Chef Ludo Lefebvre is psyched for viewers to watch Tuesday's episode of The Taste (8/7c, ABC), when the culinary reality series shifts from the audition to competition rounds. Now that he and his fellow mentors -- Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Brian Malarkey -- have chosen their four-person teams of home cooks and professional chefs, it's time to pit them against each other. Beyond the increased heat in the kitchen, the possibility of eliminating one of their own team members during the blind taste-test drove the mentors to drink.
For a day of rest, Sundays sure are exhausting.
Not that we're complaining, but good Lord! Things were already crowded with regular network offerings like The Amazing Race, two hours of Celebrity Apprentice, the final run of Desperate Housewives and our new addiction, GCB (which ran delicious back-to-back episodes last night). Then the TV gods went and brought back
Jody will be dishing up more sausage on Shameless.
The Showtime series has promoted Zach McGowan to a series regular for Season 3, Deadline reports.
Chef Spike Mendelsohn may have competed on Bravo's culinary reality show Top Chef -- twice -- but he still didn't expect to be recruited for Food Network's Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs, which premieres Sunday at 9/8c.
"I got the phone call out of nowhere. I was actually quite surprised," Mendelsohn tells TVGuide.com. "I didn't expect them to cast me as part of this crew, alongside the other ones. I was definitely honored to have the opportunity. There are a lot of chefs involved that I look up to and I follow their careers. To be standing next to them, was kind of like, 'OK, you made it.'"
Whether it's Adam Richman racing against the clock to eat a 3-meter-long bratwurst on Man v. Food or a group of Top Chef Masters competing to create a delectable meal using only the ingredients found on the Lost island, food-challenge shows are addictive — not to mention mouthwatering.
Gail Simmons: Top Chef Masters meets Modern Family
With TLC delving into the gastro-competitive realm with Ultimate Chili Challenge (May 3 at 10/9c) and Chocolate Wars (May 10 at 10/9c), we found it only fitting share our top six food-challenge moments:
So who died when that small plane crashed into the Wisteria Lane Christmas party? Karl and Orson certainly took a hit. Could either of them have survived? Mona sure looked like a goner, too. Don't look for the Bolens to grieve if she was. And how about Lynette, sweeping in to save Juanita? It might get her back into Gaby's good graces, but what could it have done to her unborn twins? (And will the episode make Gaby a more attentive mom?) Questions to ponder in an episode titled "If..."
Read on for previews of Brothers & Sisters, Iron Chef America, Shatner's Raw Nerve and Frank the Entertainer in a Basement Affair.
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
Drew Barrymore takes over hosting chores in the third live episode of the season. Barrymore produced, directed and stars in the freshly released film Whip It (which also stars SNL player Kristen Wiig), about the rough-and-tough realm of female roller-derby players. Barrymore should skate well through the show's topical satire — this is her sixth time performing as host. (Back in 1982, she was the show's youngest host ever, at age 7.) Taking the music stage: singer-songwriter Regina Spektor.
Read on for previews of Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me, NBA Basketball, Iron Chef America and Househusbands of Hollywood.
Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Virginia Tech Hokies
8:30 pm/ET FOX
While the ACC and the Big East may not have been college football's most high-profile conferences this season, they were certainly among the most competitive, with teams knocking each other off with abandon.
Read on for previews of Tournament of Roses Parade, Great Performances, Dear Genevieve and Iron Chef America.
Host Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race 13
Amazing Race 13
8 pm/ET CBS
Mongol warriors, falcons and 30,000 chickens are some of the more unusual things encountered by the five remaining teams on the eighth leg of the race.
Read on for previews of Iron Chef America, Desperate Housewives, Californication and Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II.
Bobby Flay by Seth Browarnik/WireImage.com
The hardest-working man in the saute business is garnishing another TV series with his name. Premiering in July, Grill It! with Bobby Flay will find the star of Throwdown and Iron Chef America (and seemingly a good third of Food Network's other programming) inviting "master grillers" to share recipes and techniques as they cook alongside the celeb chef. Interested master grillers (Mom always warned me I'd go blind.... ) can submit audition videos, two to three minutes in length, at FoodNetwork.com/GrillIt. MWM