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Wanting Something To Watch? New Shows Starting In January

It is a quiet time on the television front and in fact I have been taking a break from the box, which I am sure you can tell, but in the next few weeks, prior to ratings starting, there are some shows starting that will be worth looking at.

American Idol Season 14 starts on ELEVEN on Thursday January 8 7.30pm and Friday 7.30pm.

Ryan Seacrest as host is back with Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr who was fantastic in his first season on the show. Also there is a new face replacing Randy Jackson as mentor, it is Big Machine Records president and CEO Scott Borchetta.

The series kicks off with auditions in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Friday they are in New Orleans.

Top Chef Season 12 starts on Arena Thursday 8 January at 9.30pm

This is one of my favourites and this season the series is set in Boston. Padma Lakshmi as host along with Tom Collichio. Richard Blais is joining the judging panel, fans of the show will know he competed on it a number of times. Chefs battle it out for the title of Top Chef as well as cash and other prizes. The quality of the cooking is high and the one hour episodes are fast and furious. Recommended watching if you like food shows.

Celebrity Apprentice starts on Arena on Monday 12 January at 8.30pm

Donald Trump is back with a new batch of celebrities and they include: two-time World Series champion Johnny Damon; actor and comedian Gilbert GottfriedSig Hansen, the star of “Deadliest Catch” and Captain of the Northwestern; Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum musician Kevin Jonas; Golden Globe-nominated actor Lorenzo Lamas; NFL great Terrell Owens; award-winning journalist, author, and talk show host Geraldo Rivera; and television and movie actor Ian Ziering.

The line-up of women include Gold Medal Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson; movie star Vivica A. Fox; best-selling author and television icon Leeza Gibbons; reality star and best-selling author Brandi Glanville; TV personality, author, and mother of eight, Kate Gosselin; world-class gymnast and gold medal Olympian Shawn JohnsonKenya Moore, former Miss USA and star of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”; and television icon Keshia Knight Pulliam.

Yes I know I have not really heard of many of them either.

The Great British Bake Off on LIFESTYLE FOOD starts on Thursday 8 January at 8.3opm.

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry are back in series 5 the UK version of The Great British Bake Off. It is a elimination reality show all to do about baking. Each episodes consists of three rounds with one person eliminated each episode.

Dance Mom’s Season 5 starts on Lifestyle You on Monday 12 January at 7.30pm

Abby-Lee Miller  and her dance troop are being fast tracked from the US. This is my daughter’s favourite show so she will be thrilled it is back on. Also the show is rating very well for Lifestyle You and Season 4 has been getting high rotation of episodes as well as Abbey Lee’s Ultimate Dance Competition and Abbey Lee’s Studio Rescue. People are going to be over her soon.

Flea Market Flip on LIFESTYLE HOME starting on Thursday 8 January at 9.30pm.

This show is a bit like Bargain Hunt but with a difference. Two teams compete against each other to see who can buy objects from flea markets and flip it for the most profit. The teams start off with $500.

Bar Rescue Starts on A&E on Wednesday 21 January at 8.30pm.

Jon Taffer is the Gordon Ramsay of the bar and nightclub business. In each episode of this series, Taffer helps transform a struggling bar into a vibrant, profitable business, utilizing his expertise as a nightlife consultant. I have seen a few episodes and each one I have enjoyed.

BBQ Crawl Season 1 starts A&E on Saturday 10 January at 4.30pm

This looks like a cooking and travel show rolled into one. If you are into dude food you might like this even though it looks like it aired in the US in 2013! BBQ Crawl sees Danielle Dimovski, a barbecue champion from Canada take a road trip through the Southern U.S. to reveal America’s grilling roots. Along the way, she aims to win a few titles on the barbecue circuit and stops at every fiery-food joint to experience the best finger-lickin’ chicken, ribs, pork and brisket.

Leeann and Eddie starts on Arena TV on Wednesday 7 January at 9.30pm.

Leeann Rimes now has a reality show with her husband Eddie. This is pretty niche and won’t rate highly but the twist here is Eddie used to be married and had two kids with Brandi Glanville and they all hate each other so it will be interesting to see if this is talked about onscreen. Also Eddie did not give permission for the children to appear on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills which Brandi stars in so ti will also be interesting to see if they make an appearance on this one.

My Strange Addiction start on January  8 on Lifestyle You at 9pm.

Yep this show is what the title says, people with strange addictions and what not talking cigarette smoking. In the latest series there is a person who eats eye shadow. The show is only recommended for people with strong stomachs.

I have probably missed a few television shows. But would love to know what you have been watching over the summer break. Any television show recommendations?


January 6, 2015   43 Comments

Top Chef Masters Starts This Friday On Arena

Top Chef Masters is back and it is on Arena TV on Friday nights. The Top Chef franchise is one of my favourite shows so it will be a nice way to end the week.

Also Curtis Stone fans will be pleased to know he is still the host of the series.

Here’s all the information:

Foxtel’s Arena is spicing things up this month, with 13 new award-winning chefs ready to compete for bragging rights on the new season of Top Chef Masters, premiering this Friday August 23 at 8.30pm.

Aussie heartthrob celebrity chef Curtis Stone is back as series host alongside new head critic Gail Simmons, with returning judges James Oseland, Ruth Reichl, and Francis Lam, and new judge, food and dining editor Lesley Suter.

In the fifth season the stakes are higher and there even are more dishes to serve up. In a new twist, each Master will have his or her sous chef compete in an online competition, “Battle of the Sous Chefs,” hosted by Hugh Acheson. These online episodes will screen exclusively at

This time it’s on the sous chefs to serve up the best plate. The results of each online episode directly impacts the Masters, awarding them advantages, such as immunity and sometimes, disadvantages, depending on their sous chef’s performance.

Every online episode of “Battle of the Sous Chefs” leads up to the next television episode of Top Chef Masters, and explores the uniquely interdependent relationship between a Master chef and his or her sous chef.

In this season, the Master chefs face off in some of the most difficult and unique challenges seen thus far and they’re serving up food for some top entertainers and celebrity guest judges including, Busy Philipps, Kathie Lee Gifford, Lindsay Price, the cast of Days Of our Lives and Ali Larter.

The series pits 13 world-renowned chefs against each other to see how well they fare in fierce culinary competition. Each week will whittle down the chefs until the finale where one winner is crowned “Top Chef Master” and receives the grand prize of $100,000 for their charity.

Top Chef Masters, premiering this Friday August 23 at 8.30pm on Arena TV.

August 19, 2013   5 Comments

Top Chef Seattle – Another Cracker Season With Some Returning Contestants

For fans of reality TV cooking shows Top Chef is one of the best. Unfortunately it is only shown on pay TV.

The show has professional chefs who fight it out for the title of Top Chef. The prize is $125,000 and a showcase the the Food & Wine Magazine show in Aspen. This is the tenth season of the show, and it does not get dull. They refresh it with new cities and new judges and guest judges. Padma Lakshmi is still host with Tom Collicchio, they and Gail Simmons continue to be the stalwarts on the panel. However this series Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Legasse and Hugh Acheson are also guest judges.

One of the twists of this season is they brought back three chefs from previous seasons. Cocky Stefan, lanky CJ and Josie who was on Season two, a series I have not watched.

The great thing about this show is the cooking as well as the casting. They also film in their house and the holding room whilst waiting to hear who the judges are going to send home, and this can take hours a few beers and tempers can explode. These chefs have egos. John Tesar the 54 year old from Texas who had a big rep in New York in the ’80’s but drugs were his downfall is great to watch. He is rubbing a few contestants up the wrong way. Also Stefan who considers himself a pants man is trying to rub up some female contestants in a flirtatious way. It will be interesting to see if he succeeds.

The contestants are:

– Lizzie Binder, a 37-year-old from Napa, CA

– Tina Bourbeau, a 42-year-old from New York, NY (eliminated ep 1)

– Chrissy Camba, a 30-year-old from Chicago, IL

– Stephanie Cmar, a 27-year-old from Boston, MA (eliminated ep 1)

– Micah Fields, a 28-year-old from Los Angeles, CA

– Eliza Gavin, a 38-year-old from Telluride, CO

– Anthony Gray, a 35-year-old from Macon, GA (Eliminated ep 1)

– Jeffrey Jew, a 34-year-old from Washington, DC (eliminated ep 2)

– Gina Keatley, a 32-year-old from New York, NY (eliminated ep 1)

– Kristen Kish, a 28-year-old from Boston, MA

– Danyele McPherson, a 31-year-old from Dallas, TX

– Daniel O’Brien, a 32-year-old from Washington, DC (eliminated ep 1)

– Carla Pellegrino, a 43-year-old from Las Vegas, NV

– Jorel Pierce, a 28-year-old from Denver, CO (eliminated ep 1)

– Sheldon Simeon, a 30-year-old from Lahaina, HI

– John Tesar, a 54-year-old from Dallas, TX

– Joshua Valentine, a 32-year-old from Oklahoma City, OK

– Bart Vandaele, a 41-year-old from Washington, DC

– Tyler Wiard, a 41-year-old from Denver, CO

– Brooke Williamson, a 33-year-old from Los Angeles, CA

– Kuniko Yagi, a 35-year-old from Los Angeles, CA (eliminated ep 3)

Currently in Australia it is up to episode four.

Top Chef – Seattle on Arena TV Monday nights at 9.30pm

February 11, 2013   Comments Off on Top Chef Seattle – Another Cracker Season With Some Returning Contestants

Russell Crowe New Love Interest Was A Top Chef Host

Russell Crowe appears to be moving on from his split with Danielle Spencer as rumour has it that he has been seen with former host of Top Chef Katie Lee.

Katie Lee is a chef but her profile was raised when she married Billy Joel. They divorced after five years of marriage. She appears to like older men.

Russell Crowe and the thirty one year old Katie Lee have been seen canoodling at the Greenwich Hotel according to and she was also seen at a gig of his.

She was host of the first season of Top Chef and then was sacked and replaced with Padma Lakshmi.  She has also been a judge on Iron Chef America.

If you want to see more about her here is a recent interview from You Tube where she talks about her new book.

December 12, 2012   4 Comments

Padma Lakshmi Poses For Playboy

Padma Lakshmi fans will be happy to know she has posed for Playboy, but the bad news is she keeps her clothes on.

The Top Chef host also gave an interview where she talks about her marriage to Salman Rushdie.

She talks about her marriage to author Salman Rushdie:

“I don’t regret a day I spent with Salman, but it was tiring. He has a big life, and it only got bigger when we were together. I’m happy to have stood next to him holding his hand, but we were in very different parts of our lives.”

Celebrity blog In Case You Did Not Know It has a further transcript of the interview.

November 19, 2012   1 Comment