Padma will stay with Top Chef, only have “have a recurring role” on her sitcom

There’s one thing that makes sense about Padma Lakshmi’s upcoming NBC sitcom: She won’t star in it, and will stay on as host of Top Chef. “[I]t’s an ensemble cast–I’m not starring in it. I will have a recurring role in it, but I have too much to do on Top Chef as well as my jewelry company,” she told TV Guide.

“I want to do what’s best for the show. That means getting the best actress for the job, and that may not be me for that particular role. But there are a lot of roles in the story. I’m very thankful that NBC gave me a chance, but that’s what it is, and we’ll see what happens. As we all know, it’s very, very, very rare and special when something even makes it on air,” she said. “It’s really premature, and while all the attention is flattering, it’s also very daunting. I just want to do the work that’s required and put my head down and hope that we can come up with something really great.”

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The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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