Madonna’s brother appeared on Top Chef 3

Last night’s episode of Top Chef 3 had an uncredited guest appearance by Madonna’s younger brother.

Christopher Ciccone was the diner in the “Garage” teams’ restaurant who made bitchy comments, Towleroad noticed. The site suggests he “should appear as a judge on every episode, because, like Simon Cowell, Ciccone does not mince his words when it comes to judging what’s put before him.”

Among other things, he told Dale that lamb “wasn’t cooked properly. I thought it tasted like metal.” He also said, “if that’s a vegetable medley, I’m a monkey.” And, of course, he ripped their stupid decision to place scented candles on the tables, which also irritated judge Ted Allen.

Despite being on screen for only a few seconds, Ciccone was at least as entertaining than the undercover food blogger (The Strong Buzz‘s Andrea Strong, who Gawker suggests “was just mean” but was “the sole arbiter of taste at the judge’s table”) that the producers had comment about the food; perhaps they should have used him, too.

An Unidentified Christopher Ciccone Spices Up Top Chef [Towleroad]
Why Is Andrea Strong Such A Hater? [Gawker]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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