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The cooking competition "The Taste" returns tonight to ABC for its third season. The series introduced blind tasting of food to reality competitions--judges don't know whose food they're eating or even what's in the dish. It also brought Anthony Bourdain to a big, bright, glossy ABC reality show. The star of Travel Channel's Emmy-winning "No Reservations" and now CNN's "Parts Unknown" seems like perhaps the last person to gravitate to a "The Voice"-like competition for food, but when we talked Wednesday, one day before he was heading to Madagascar for "Parts Unknown," he was clearly, unabashedly enthusiastic about the series, which he also executive produces. When I asked about whether skeptical fans have now warmed to "The Taste" and his participation, Bourdain said, "I honestly don't think about. It's always a quality of life issue for me. Am I having fun? Am I working with people I like? »
- Andy Dehnart
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Before The Food Network, Chowhound, and Kitchen Confidential, the only time you saw anyone cooking on TV was PBS or morning talk show segments. However, since the advent of cable television and food blogs, cooking shows are now very big business.
Any show worth its weight in artisanal salt nowadays is hosted by a charismatic chef who can spice things up on the screen as well as in the kitchen. Oftentimes these hosts are already stars in the culinary world, plucked from the kitchens of some of the greatest restaurants around the globe. Other times, they are people who have worked in the larger food industry or written cookbooks. Regardless, there is a lot of money to be made if you’re a celebrity chef, from hosting TV shows to writing cookbooks to opening restaurants and launching your own lines of cookware and gourmet food products. Check »
- B Smith
Phillip and Elizabeth, get out the vodka: An old friend (?) is coming to town.
The Americans begins production on its third season this week.
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It’s been well over a decade since Anthony Bourdain, former executive chef of Manhattan’s Les Halles and author of bestselling memoir “Kitchen Confidential,” became a TV star. With his Travel Channel series “No Reservations” and “The Layover,” Food Network’s “A Cook’s Tour” and stints on “The Taste” — for which he’s Emmy-nominated for his hosting duties for a second year in a row — and “Top Chef,” Bourdain is an old pro at this point. But when Bourdain and his longtime crew moved over to CNN to kick off the multiple-Emmy nominee “Parts Unknown,” they faced one big problem: How do you make something new while working in a genre — nonfiction television — that relies on repeating the same general formula every week?
“It’s a limited story that we’re telling, ultimately,” Bourdain says. “On every episode, I go someplace, I eat a bunch of stuff, and I come back. »
- Andrew Barker
The Oscar-nominated actor rocked aviators and a sweet leather jacket while shooting in England.
Bradley Cooper is a handsome man, and no one's really arguing that. But this is what happens when you take a dude who is already known for his leading man looks, and then he puts on a leather jacket, dark blue jeans and some sweet aviators.
He becomes this physical manifestation of the concept of coolness.
Just look at his hair! That is on point.
In this photo from the set of his new film Adam Jones, Cooper looks like he's walking across the street to go deliver a severe beating to whatever bad guys kidnapped his wife/daughter/friend/president – which is what Adam Jones is about right?
Nope. It's a movie about cooking. Like in Cooper's short-lived Fox sitcom Kitchen Confidential, Cooper plays a chef in the film.
Director Jon Favreau recently took part in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session to talk about all the incredible things he has done in his career. I'm a huge fan of Favreau, and I have been since I saw Swingers. It's pretty awesome to see how far he's come in his career, and there's no doubt that he worked his ass off to get to the place where he's at.
I went ahead and pulled some of the things that he talked about during the Q&A. He talked about his next film Jungle Book, Star Wars, Swingers, Rudy, Iron Man, Marvel, Ben Affleck as Batman, Dinner for Five, and more! If you're a fan of Favreau's work, this is definitely worth checking out because it's an entertaining read.
You can read through the entire Q&A right here if you want.
Jungle Book casting update:
"We’re currently in »
- Joey Paur
Exclusive: Comedy writer-producer Dave Hemingson has closed an overall deal at ABC Studios after a decade-long stint at 20th Century Fox TV. The signing is part of a roster-building effort on the part of ABC Studios, which is looking to bring in several high-level writers heading into next season. At 20th TV, Hemingson most recently served as executive producer/co-showrunner on the studio’s upcoming CBS multi-camera comedy series Friends with Better Lives alongside creator Dana Klein. He previously served in the same capacity on 20th TV’s single-camera comedy series Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23 for ABC and Traffic Light for Fox. Hemingson also worked on 20th TV’s animated comedies Family Guy and American Dad, live-action comedy How I Met Your Mother and drama Lie To Me. He created several projects that were picked up to pilot, two of which — the 2005 single-camera comedy Kitchen Confidential »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The SXSW Film Festival kicked off last night in Austin with the world premiere of Jon Favreau’s Chef, an easygoing charmer about a man rekindling his bonds with both his craft and young son. The movie, which Favreau wrote, directed, and stars in, marked what was clearly a personally reinvigorating return to his indie roots. Inspired by foodie gems like Eat, Drink, Man, Woman, Big Night, and Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, Favreau has made a shaggy dog story about a creatively frustrated chef who opens a food truck after losing his restaurant job. He hits the road with his sous chef (John Leguizamo, »
- Karen Valby
On Wednesday (Feb. 6), Amazon served up its second helping of pilots, including projects from X-Files creator Chris Carter and author Michael Connelly. Feedback from viewers will help decide which of the five get a series order (i.e. become the next Alpha House).
Wondering which are worth your time? Our critics weigh in:
X-Files creator Chris Carter’s first show in over a decade tells a familiar story (the apocalypse!) from an intriguing new perspective, taking a ground-level view of a mysterious end-of-the-world event. The After centers on eight people who all have pulp-novel job descriptions: Sleazy Lawyer, »
- EW staff
With the Oscar nominations out, and the SAGs and Golden Globes a few weeks in the past, we're entering something of a quiet phase in awards season, with the Academy not even due to begin voting for a few weeks yet. So it seems like a good time to look back. The acting nominees are a diverse bunch this year, ranging from first-time actors to people who've been nominated many, many times. But in few cases did their awards-nominated performance prove to be the first time that they turned heads. So, as we creep towards the Oscar ceremony (a little more than a month to go, kids), we wanted to pick out some of the turns that, while they went unrewarded at the time, help pave the way to the Dolby Theater for all these actors. This week, we're taking a look at the Supporting categories, next week we'll examine Best Actor and Actress. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
My Life Is In This Spoon!
Welcome to The Taste. A Us reality TV import, which brings together X Factor ridiculous silliness, Voice-style ridiculous seriousness, a healthy dollop of Nigella Lawson and just about gets away with it. Just.
The concept is simple. 25 cooks serve up one single spoonful of their best dish, the three judges pick four people for their team, the rest go home. Then the judges and their teams go head-to-head and you can probably figure out the rest, if you've watched a single reality TV show over the last 20 years.
Cooking on TV used to be very different. Playful daytime TV larks (Ready Steady Cook), cold, hard competitions (old Loyd Grossman's MasterChef) or niche Food Channel 463 snooze-telly (456 Beef Dishes from Somerset). These days, it's primetime entertainment and big business.
From Jamie and Gordon to Bake Off and the spruced-up MasterChef, cooking TV is now Dramatic »
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