In this era of nonstop TV, where the seasons blur together with nary a break, finales cluttered this week's TV landscape while we count the days for the official fall TV season to begin. So as our lead topic, some fond and not-so-fond farewells.
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Starting with TNT's Emmy-winning The Closer, a humdinger of a showdown between Brenda and a sarin gas-bomb-toting psychopath (Matthew Glave, well played), taking revenge on the police and fire squads who'd rejected him. His manifesto ...
Jimmy Smits, Gail Simmons
NBC's new Jimmy Smits-fronted legal drama Outlaw and Bravo's Top Chef spinoff Just Desserts debuted Wednesday night, and we want to know what you thought of them — and what you think of every new show this season.
Vote: Which fall premieres won you over? Which flopped?
Do you rule in favor of Outlaw? Was Just Desserts sweet or sour? Vote now! And if you like either show...
"People view the world of pastries as magical and sweet ..."
"But being a pastry chef is not all fondant and frosting ..."
Cut to swearing — lots and lots of swearing. To hear the contestants on Top Chef's sweets-centered spinoff Just Desserts tell it, pastry chefs are the worst kind of temperamental artiste — Type-A, anal retentive, extra catty. They're responsible for a meal's grand finale, from candied confections to decadent showstoppers, so cross them at your peril.
Jimmy Smits, Jimmy Johnson
The new Wednesday TV schedule is still a week or two away from taking its final fall shape, but there's plenty to talk about regarding tonight's lineup. A number of reality competition shows are taking a final bow — America's Got Talent, Big Brother, MasterChef and classic Top Chef — but let's discuss the new.
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Johnny Iuzzini and Gail Simmons
Wondering how Top Chef: Just Desserts will differ from its predecessor besides catering to those with a sweet tooth? Think over-the-top, über-Type A cheftestants.
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"Pastry chefs are so precise and so exacting [that] it really does come out in their personalities," host and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons says. "And they're artists, so with that comes a lot of drama. ... I mean, there's a lot of strategy and sabotage, and what's amazing is ...