Mark Burnett plans restaurant-set, chef-focused reality TV show for NBC.

Mark Burnett plans restaurant-set, chef-focused reality TV show for NBC.
Mark Burnett’s The Restaurant, which he’s producing for NBC alongside Ben Silverman, will “follow the incredible trials and tribulations of launching a New York restaurant under the glass bubble of TV cameras,” Silverman says. That will be accomplished by “captur[ing] everything from the heat in the kitchen to gossip at the dinner table”–and product placement–E! Online reports. The restaurant/show’s chef will be the Food Network’s Rocco DiSpirito, and is expected to debut this summer.
+ plus: the UK’s ITV plans a show set in a bar run by three celebrities.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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