It's down to the top ten this week, and just as the chefs can no longer win immunity, I hope this means they won't be subjected to any more team challenges, either. Well, at least not as long as Beverly and Heather are still around, as I fear what Heather might do to Beverly when she thinks the camera operators aren't paying attention. Beverly probably has this fear as well, as she notes that the universe is full of karma and Heather's about due for a big walloping dose of the stuff.
The chefs must pay homage to their inspiration - but one chef makes a fatal error
The series returns on Jan. 1
Psst, want crack? Hash? At least you can learn all about both on 'Drugs, Inc.' when its second season returns on Jan. 1 at 8 p.m. on Nat Geo (a second episode airs at 9 p.m.). The show will offer firsthand testimonies from drug producers, traffickers, dealers, users, doctors and cops and look into the worlds of well-known substances (crack, hashish, hallucinogens and Ecstacy) as well as 21st century additions to the illicit drug trade like Oxycontin and Ketamine (an animal tranquilizer).
Here's a look at harvester “Diego” operating a clandestine cocaine kitchen where he produces high-grade cocaine for trafficking to Europe and America -- and uses toxic chemicals which will later be dumped into the Amazon River.
Yes, Kim Kardashian's debacle is on the list, too
Don't you love weddings? Especially lavish, over-the-top weddings of stars who will likely be in divorce court before the ink is dry on the marriage certificate? It that sounds good to you, TLC has just the thing -- a little special called "Top 10 Weddings of 2011" (airing Fri. Dec. 23 at 10 p.m. ET)
Hosted by "Say Yes to the Dress"' Randy Fenoli, the show will feature new (and probably old as well) footage of stars like Kim Kardashian, LeAnn Rimes and Prince William tying the knot as well as commentary from celebrities, wedding gurus and journalists, including Sherri Shephed ("The View), Rob Shuter (PopEater.com), Kate Coyne (People magazine), Bonnie Fuller (HollywoodLife.com), Joe Zee (Elle magazine), Sheryl Lee Ralph (singer/actress) and others. So forget holiday spirit -- indulge your passion for cake, rubber chicken and sappy first dances!
Kyle kicks Taylor and Russell out of her party - and it doesn't go over well
First off, apologies. We had the HitFix holiday party last night and, sadly, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" was delayed. It's a little difficult to skip out on actual merriment for what I knew was going to be an ugly slog on tonight's episode watching Russell and Taylor get the boot from Kyle's white party. I suspected the whole uninviting (literally) scene would smack of a bad middle school party (he used to date her and now she's here with a new guy and, like, his feelings are so super hurt and we're all behind him and oh my God I feel so bad but can you, like, leave and stuff?). Guess what? I wasn't wrong. Isn't it nice to know that people with more money than common sense have no real impetus to act like adults, ever?
Former rocker-turned-tap dancing trickster Rob Zabrecky starts his third act
Most people, when they think of magic (if they think of magic at all) dwell on the usual suspects. Criss Angel. David Blaine. That guy who turned a wand into a bunch of flowers at their fifth birthday party. What they don't think of is someone like Rob Zabrecky.
As wraith thin as an Edward Gorey drawing with a piercing stare and an unnervingly wide selection of bow-ties, Zabrecky's creepy, witty Odd Man character might best be described as "a mix of Vincent Price and David Byrne." Unlike most modern magicians, who either portray an amped up version of themselves or just let the magic itself take center stage, Zabrecky's creation is a fully-fleshed out character who tap dances, sings, tells jokes -- and oh yeah, makes things disappear, too.
I've been an Odd Man fan for a few years, but before you roll your eyes, note that I'm not alone. Ryan Gosling (yes, that Ryan Gosling, Time magazine's Coolest Person of 2011, thank you) was so taken with Odd Man that he recruited Zabrecky to pair up with his band, Dead Man's Bones, for a series of performances. Fittingly, Odd Man joined an event that featured a children's choir painted like skeletons, a chocolate fountain and attendees dressed in 1950s attire to capture the band's dark sense of childlike wonderment.
The blondetourage must deal with the trauma of a dark-haired vixen in their midst
When “The Real Housewives of Orange County” returns for season seven (Tues. Feb. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo), fans will be treated to a new, dark twist. Actually, dark-haired. Heather Dubrow, the show's only brunette and a former actress-turned-stay-at-home mom to four (and wife of a plastic surgeon), will be joining the cast. Quick, somebody, grab the highlights!
Kim pumps, Phaedra quits and Cynthia freaks out
Tonight we have a super-sized "Real Housewives of Atlanta," which you'd think means that something Very Exciting and Possibly Scandalous is going to happen, but not really. In short, Kim moves, Sheree dumps all over Phaedra, and Peter dumps all over Cynthia. So, business as usual in Atlanta!
Reality TV Roundup: 'Amazing Race' gets a winner, 'Survivor' goes with God and some 'Real Housewives' prepare to fight
It's been a busy week, so get all your reality news here, now
Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch "The X Factor," "Survivor," "Top Chef," "Project Accessory" or "America's Next Top Model," the latest elimination for each show is revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too.
There was gold among the garbage, believe it or not
Given how crowded and wide-ranging the field of reality television is, picking a top ten that makes any sense at all is no easy task. In a category that technically includes everything from educational programming to "The Amazing Race" to "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," it's not just comparing apples to oranges -- it's comparing apples to mangos to, say, potato chips.
It seemed to me we all know about the big guns in this category -- "TAR" is reliably entertaining, "Survivor" has a surprising amount of juice for an aging series and, if you like talent competitions, "American Idol" managed to reboot fairly well post-Simon Cowell. But these shows make up a narrow, high profile segment of the market.
Equally high profile, but more problematic, are the so-bad-they're-good entries in the field. Like a great, greasy hamburger or a particularly gooey dessert, shows like "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" or "Jersey Shore" can be highly addictive, entertaining and guilt inducing. I've included one on my list, but only one (they aren't Pringles, after all). These shows may be great fun, but I couldn't bring myself to include too many on my list. That doesn't mean I'm not watching them, but even I have limits.
What has always interested me more are the hidden gems lurking in the depths of basic cable. There's nothing I love more than stumbling across a great, weird, little-known show and adding it to my DVR (at least until it's canceled). So consider this my Top Ten Shows You Haven't Been Watching or Top Ten Shows You Haven't Heard of. Maybe a favorite of yours will be on here, but I'm hoping not.
The irrascible radio icon says he'll be tough - but is this the right forum for that?
Yes, it's true -- Howard Stern will be replacing Piers Morgan at the judges' table on "America's Got Talent." Clearly, the contentious radio personality is considered a big get by producers, who are moving the whole show to New York to accommodate him. What this means for co-judges Sharon Osbourne (who has a regular gig at Los Angeles-based "The Talk") and Howie Mandel is not yet clear -- and the impact Stern might have on the show itself is also anyone's guess.