It was a busy week in reality TV land.
“Top Chef: All-Stars” was announced, “Dancing with the Stars” scored big with viewers and “American Idol” had major news.
“Top Chef: All-Stars”
Fans of Bravo’s “Top Chef: Washington, D.C.” thought they were tuning in for the reunion show, but they got an even bigger surprise.
That’s ’cause the reality franchise announced the new “Top Chef: All-Stars.” The show features cooking pros that failed to take home the big prize, so they’re ready to try again.
The program stars fan favorites Fabio Viviani and Carla Hall, plus chefs you love to hate. That crew includes Marcel Vigneron, Spike Mendelsohn and this season’s bad boy Angelo Sosa.
The “Top Chef” producers dreamed up interesting challenges for this crew. On one episode, the chefs have to prepare a dinner party for comedian Jimmy Fallon’s 35th birthday.
I wonder what Fallon will order up for eats?
That’s not all.
One of the show’s Quickfire challenges will feature “Sesame Street” judges Elmo, Cookie Monster and Telly.
Looks like “Top Chef” will be faring better than singer Katy Perry, who got her “Sesame Street” video nixed due to excessive boobage.
“Top Chef: All-Stars” debuts Dec. 1 on Bravo.
“Dancing with the Stars”
“Dancing with the Stars” learned a valuable lesson this season. That translates to the quirkier the cast — the higher the ratings!
The reality talent contest — and I use that that term loosely — decided to pick atypical contestants like Margaret Cho, Florence Henderson and Bristol Palin. Last week, more than 21 million viewers tuned in.
Cho and Henderson went for the comedy schtick, Palin attempted to shake her booty, and entertainment pros Jennifer Gray and Brandy wowed audiences with their smooth moves. Even teen star Kyle Massey pulled out the stops, as he danced to 30H!3’s “My First Kiss.”
The clunker of last week’s “Dancing with the Stars” was David Hasselhoff. The dorky celeb mangled the cha cha and got the boot.
David, you’re 15 minutes of fame are over!
“American Idol” named Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler as “American Idol” judges, but it was already old news.
However, there’s a new wrinkle to the show.
“AI” announced it’s adding a “resident mentor.” That job’s been filled by music pro Jimmy Iovine.
Iovine is the chairman of Innerscope/Geffen/A&M records, so you know he’s going to pimp the contestants to his label.
I wonder if Warner Brothers and Sony will start their own label searches on TV? Stay tuned.