The Restaurant returns tonight.

The Restaurant returns tonight.
The Restaurant returns for a second season on NBC tonight at 10 p.m. ET.
Six episodes will chronicle chef Rocco DiSpirito’s battle with his business partner Jeffrey Chodorow. The New York Times lets restaurateurs discuss the first two episodes, and shockingly, they say it’s not really reflective of restaurant life in New York . One says the show “makes us look a little foolish actually,” and another says that the show is “terrible. It’s shabby, terrible soap opera. It has nothing to do with life.”
+ reviews: “Rocco who comes off as the idiot,” “Burnett has fixed what was wrong with this show.”
+ also: in case the restaurant thing doesn’t fly, Rocco is working on a syndicated talk show for the fall.

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Ben Folds

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What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.