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Curtis Stone’s Star Continues To Rise In The USA

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Curtis Stone star continues to shine in the USA with news he will be the host of the new Bravo show Top Chef Extreme. He is currently the host of Top Chef Masters.

Top Chef Extreme is another twist on the popular Top Chef franchise.

This is what the show will be about:

“In each episode of the newest extension of the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning franchise, two of the biggest, boldest and most talked-about personalities from Top Chef and Top Chef Masters past seasons will face off head-to-head in three rounds of extreme culinary challenges. The winners of each of these dream chef’testant battles will all compete against one another in the season finale in a definitive battle royal of pure gastronomic talent and ambition.”

Expect to see Spike, Jenn, Richard Blaise  and some other old favourites.

It is likely the show will be screened on Arena TV here. Another show that Bravo has commissioned is “Best New Restaurant” this is based on the UK show “Ramsay’s Best Restaurant”. However there will be no Gordon, but Tom Colicchio will be host and 16 of the hottest new restaurants will be pitted against each other in a series of challenges. The winning restaurant wins a cash prize.

I doubt Curtis Stone will bother entering his recently opened a restaurant in Los Angeles called Maude. The reviews have been very favourable so he should have no trouble getting in the customers.


April 20, 2014   4 Comments

Work Of Art – Series One Starts On SBS2 Tonight

Work Of Art is a fantastic reality TV show that showcases artists. Tonight series one starts on SBS2 at 8.35pm and I recommend checking it out.

It is an elimination reality TV show with artists battling it out to different art related challenges each week. This show was the brain child of Sarah Jessica Parker and has some heavy hitters on the judging panel including Jerry Salz a New York Magazine art critic. Also China Chow who is host/judge, Jerry Salz , and art critic, and Bill Powers as judges and Simon de Pury as mentor.

It is set in New York City and the contestants bring their talent and their artistic temperment to the mix to make a very entertaining TV show indeed.

Work Of Art Series One on SBS2 on Wednesday night at 8.35pm.

August 21, 2013   6 Comments

Princesses: Long Island – If You Like Real Housewives…

If you fans of the Real Housewives franchise you might want to check out the new production on Arena TV Princesses: Long Island.

Yes it is about girls with trust funds.

The full info about the cast follows:

Foxtel’s Arena introduces you to the brand new breed of young women who are taking over Long Island, New York and their father’s bank accounts, on the new reality series, Princesses: Long Island, premiering Wednesday, August 7 at 9.30pm.

Meet members of the ‘boomerang generation’ – six young women from Long Island who have returned to their pampered lifestyles in the comfort of their parents’ estates, to be loved, adored and supported, emotionally and financially of course.

The series follows the women as they face pressure from their families and friends to find husbands and to settle down, but will they find their Prince Charming, or are they forever content with their co-dependent relationships with their parents?

Chanel Omari may be only 28, but she is looking to put a ring on it. The Great Neck, New York native is living in the shadow of her younger sister, who is already engaged to be married. Chanel feels like an old maid and that’s a harsh reality in the marriage-heavy world of Long Island. Luckily, Chanel keeps a sense of humour wherever she goes.

Casey Cohen is a nightlife professional who recently achieved her Masters’ Degree in art education at NYU. Casey splits her time between Long Island and Manhattan. Back in Long Island, she considers her mum her “rock,” and doesn’t know what she’d do without her.

Erica Gimbel, an Old Westbury native, was known as the hottest girl on Long Island back in high school. Now, she’s a PR and event planning professional with a penchant for partying and a long running feud with Casey Cohen.

Amanda Bertoncini is a 26-year-old budding business tycoon who has already landed her dream man. Her boyfriend Jeff is her ideal mate and (hopefully) future husband. However, Amanda’s mum Babs isn’t crazy about their relationship and certainly isn’t pressuring her to settle down like many other Long Island parents.

Joey Lauren is a 30-year-old hard-working career gal focused on becoming a business tycoon first, then, maybe a bride. Joey rolls a little bit differently than the rest of the ladies, but she’s perfectly alright with that.

Ashlee White is a petite power player. But what she lacks in height she makes up for in personality. Ashlee lives at home with her parents, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Unless she meets the man of her dreams, that is. Ashlee is banking on meeting a nice Jewish boy and being a stay at home mum.

Offering a glimpse into their unique family dynamics and personal lives filled with labels, luxury and love trials, this is a world that needs to be seen to be believed.


July 19, 2013   1 Comment

Arena TV Thursday Night Schedule Is For Fashionistas

Some new shows are kicking off on Arena TV and it looks like they are keeping it all things fashion on Thursday nights.

Starting on Thursday 14 March the new series of  The Rachel Zoe Project and It’s A Brad Brad World, plus the new Bravo series Dukes of Melrose.

Here’s a bit more about the shows:

The Rachel Zoe Project follows stylist and designer, Rachel Zoe. Her empire has expanded it now includes a womenswear collection of clothing and accessories, a celebrity styling department, a digital media team and a blow-dry salon. She has new offices, a new styling assistant and a slew of new employees in both Los Angeles and New York. Of course there is the long suffering Roger and her cute kid Tyler.

To think in the first series she had about three other employees it is amazing what a reality TV show can do for a bank balance.

It’s a Brad Brad World follows stylist Brad Goreski, who used to work for Rachel, and his team of assistants as he takes over the fashion world. The series follows Brad’s journey working with A-list clients new and old, while styling magazine features, fashion lines, product campaigns and New York Fashion Week.

The best thing about Brad is his wit.

Also the Dukes of Melrose premieres and it follows renowned boutique owners, Christos Garkinos and Cameron Silver, as they take viewers inside the exclusive and glamorous world of vintage couture.

Located in Hollywood, Decades is the premiere destination for high-end fashionistas looking for finely curated collections and rare finds for their next red carpet or exclusive party. In order to meet the needs of their demanding and ever growing clientele, which includes A-list actors, models, and socialites, this dynamic duo raids the closets of the best collectors in the world, bids for couture at the most prestigious auctions and seduces new clients at award galas and fundraisers.

So if you like fashion or just Bravo TV shows you might want to check these shows out.

The Rachel Zoe Project – Arena TV Thursday nights at 8.30pm

It’s A Brad Brad World – Arena TV Thursday nights at 9.30pm

Dukes Of Melrose – Arena TV Thursday nights at 10.00pm

March 6, 2013   2 Comments

Reality TV – viewers don’t want “normal”

All-American Muslim, which screened on TLC in the US, purported to

take a look at life in Dearborn, Michigan–home to the largest mosque in the United States–through the lens of five Muslim American families.

Seems like a good premise for a show, right?  Well, possibly, but it wasn’t embraced by audiences. As Stephen Colbert explained in his Threat Down last night the families were just too normal to appeal to audiences used to excessive levels of reality-TV-crazy (the video is unfortunately geo-blocked here).

Promising to be less boringly normal – and therefore more successful – are the Shahs of Sunset, a new Bravo show from Ryan Seacrest Productions. It focusses on a group of socialites in LA

who are trying to juggle their active social lives and up-and-coming careers while balancing the demands of their families and [Persian] traditions.

The Iranian community in the US is calling for a boycott of the show, claiming that it “caricatures” Iranian-Americans. This echoes the concerns of some Italian-Americans when Jersey Shore first debuted – if the Shahs take off like the Shore did, Iranian-Americans might have to resort to some counter-programming.

Check out the preview clip for a taste of the Shahs.  I’m hoping it gets picked up here – it looks so trashy!

Two things I don’t like?  I don’t like ants, and I don’t like ugly people.


March 15, 2012   2 Comments