Saturday, November 29, 2008

Apres Knife

Tidbits from Bravo's new 'After the Knife videos:

See the eliminated chefs slumming it!

Wait with them for the next loser to arrive! 'We want the next one eliminated to be fun!'

This season's newest wrinkle? Right after each episode you can jump online to see the newly rejected chef join the loser lounge. The most interesting thing about this week's reveal was that Richard really regretted not throwing Danny under the bus for those ugly, underseasoned and underdone potatoes.

If all the chefs are this candid, I'll be tuning in every week...
Follow this to Bravo's 4-min 'After the Knife' videos.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Souper Chefs

credit to Say a word of Thanks(giving) for a S(o)uper Top Chef!

Both the Quickfire 'entree into soup' test, and the no-kitchen T-day Elimination Challenge were good ones for a group of 14. Good challenges where they really had to think creatively to complete them. Much better than that 'Minute Rice' challenge of last season. I would have eliminated Danny, but Richard didn't get robbed. Nope, can't complain about this ep... except for the excess ads.

During tonight's longest ad block I finished cleaning the kitchen, and made tea and else during the shorter ones. While doing all this extra stuff it struck me how short the actual ep. really was. Does Bravo realize how few ads we actually see, because we know we've got plenty of time to walk away during their endless 'intermissions'?

Maybe -that's- why they don't put TC on DVD - each 'hour' would be only 30 minutes!

Monday, November 24, 2008


Why doesn't Bravo put Top Chef 'On Demand'?

Normally I don't go hunting for old episodes... but Bravo's website, has links to 'Top Chef episodes' - yet its other materials, not the actual eps. But for those who have just recently discovered TC, why not let us see the earlier seasons online? I missed out on S1 and S2 and so I never get the jokes about Marcel, etc. Share, Bravo, share! (link to Bravo's Top Chef)

Bravo's TC question for this week: Did Jill deserve to go home?

Yes - Gail was right about Jill's "lame" defense.
(39% - 2584 votes)
No - Ariane should've gone - dodged 2 bullets in a row.
(61% - 3967 votes)
I'm very surprised at this vote. As minxeats blog so entertainingly shows... Jill was sweet, but couldn't cook quiche or hotdogs - why should she stay?

Sunday, November 23, 2008


off to get a ShmEMMY
A.B.C.D. = 'A-List Bravo Continues D-List'

Bravo signed Kathy Griffin to a 1-year deal including:
- hosting the 2009 'A-List Awards'
- two new 1 hour comedy specials
- plus a 5th season of 'My Life on the D-List'

So "D-List" will begin production again in Jan '09.
'pop culture everyone knows, but KG has the guts to say'

tidbit: columnist applauds KG on

Saturday, November 22, 2008

No Words

S6's wordless promo had a Shane/Niki teaser,

image credit to plus a few images of this B&T living room romp.

But considering all the other conflicting information we've had about this upcoming season - wouldn't it have been kinder to include just a few snippets of dialogue?!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


TLW's new S6 poster needed to be re-posed...

Just 'No' to 'Shenny'. Not that 'Shelena' is perfect, but we did have that kiss-outside-the-Planet anvil for them. Also gone is Kit-in-a-coma, and TAlice because I belive their relationship won't survive to the spin-off. Should I add them back in... or add someone else? (Evil Adele with her black smokes, perhaps?)

* the original S6 poster via Dorothy Snarker

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Stefan is Normaali

Euro chefs at the TC NYC charity event
Top Chef newbies Fabio & Stefan at Grand Central Station.

Once burned, twice shy. Last week it seemed skilled Stefan got the 'EuroTrash' edit. So I dug up his first interview {Bravo, 2 min} and he was chatty and cheerful, not arrogant. Hmm.

My bet? The more it looks like Stephanie will pass her TC toque to Stefan, the more Bravo will try to get us to root against him. Bravo uses controversy to hold viewers (gee, really?) and 3 of the first 4 Elimination winners became 'Top Chef, so Bravo has to do something if TC appears too predictable.

At any rate, he was 'normaali', (Finnish for 'normal') in the above interview, so perhaps he deserves a 'hyvä jätkä' (good guy) edit. Hopefully tonight's episode will give us a clue or two.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Coming Up Rosie

Kathy is flying to NYC to be on 'Rosie Live'.

This 'topical monologue, plus musical & comedy bits' show is at 8pm Wed, 11/26/08. It will be live from NYC's Little Shubert Theatre on 42nd St, which has 500 seats, but no word about tickets. They may all go to 'insiders' & charity, but who knows? Tell me if you find out!

Rosie & Kathy Griffin talk about 'over-exposed' starlets {1 min}

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Best Preem

'Variety' just reported the ratings for Top Chef 5.01:
''...on the cable side of the spectrum, Bravo's "Top Chef" franchise achieved a high for its fifth-season premiere, with Wednesday's bow of "Top Chef: New York" garnering what is by far the reality skein's best preem numbers to date.''
And really, who doesn't appreciate a good preem?

do Hollywoodites really talk like that? 'skein'? 'preem'?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mondo TC Condo

Top Chef puts its topping on Brooklyn, NY
The chefs are in this mondo luxury condo high above McCarren Park.

Quote - the digs are sweet: “They’re already awesome, but they’ve furnished it like a celeb would,” the source said. “One wall is orange, one is gray, one is purple. They’ve got that funky Real World look going on." (that's supposed to be a compliment...)

Lower level has kitchen and living room, plus two bedrooms,
while the upper level is all just one giant master suite.
So the real q. is: Are the boys, or the girls, the Tops?...

Nosy? A slideshow of their Williamsburg condo

Not enough? Links to TC tidbits via Gawker or Eater

Friday, November 7, 2008


My current fav reality show... 'cool dogs'.

The Discovery channel has a new show 'Toughest Race on Earth'.
Its the story of the running of the 2008 Iditarod sled race, and
it really lets you in on the action, at least so far. Plus its
much more comfy than actually being there. ;-)
In my area its now on Fridays (tonight) at 8 p.m.

btw, Here are some of the Iditarod art posters

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Don't Leave Home w/o Em

KG takes her Em(mys) everywhere!
(video, 10 minutes)

And how many holes has she poked in her shower curtain so far?