Top Chef Masters renewed for a second season

The spin-off of Top Chef that in many ways eclipsed the original has been renewed by Bravo. Top Chef Masters will air its new season “some time in 2010,” The Los Angeles Times reports, noting that the first season “ranks as the network’s highest-rated reality competition series debut.”

The identities of the established, world-renowned talent in the culinary world that will be subjected to the show’s televised culinary challenges have not yet been revealed; I’m curious to see if they bring back favorites from the first season, or go with all-new masters.

While Gael Greene, James Oseland, and Jay Rayner will all return to judge, producers are inexplicably bringing back Kelly Choi to fumble her way through as host, but hopefully she’ll be as minimized as she was last season.

Exclusive: Bravo renews ‘Top Chef Masters’ for Season 2 [Los Angeles Times]

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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