Acerbic Top Chef judge Toby Young has responded to criticism of his criticism by promising he’ll tone down his judging for the show’s sixth season. Toby told the New York Daily News that he observed Tom Colicchio’s “authority” and “I took my cue from him and just ended up taking the judging process much more seriously,” and also noted that “the role of a judge on British reality shows is to be outrageous and controversial and funny,” but later realized “that it isn’t really the role for judges on American reality shows, and ‘Top Chef’ in particular, because it’s such a highly regarded reality show and the viewers are so passionate. … Now in Season 6 I realize what a huge influence ‘Top Chef’ is in America, and in the American food industry, and I try to be a little more measured.” He also promises, “I tried to take [the contestants’] feelings into consideration and be a little less brutal.”
Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on 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
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.
- Top Chef’s literary sausage party December 19, 2014
- An exceptional end for Survivor San Juan Del Sur December 18, 2014
- Highlights from the long-awaited The Profit update December 17, 2014
- Survivor Worlds Apart: three tribes, divided by background December 16, 2014
- I watched most of Fake Off and still have no idea what a “fake” is December 16, 2014
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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.