Top Chef skips another week but reunites former contestants for an “all stars dinner”

For the second time this season, Bravo is depriving us of a new episode of Top Chef, but instead of a repeat, is airing a one-off special called “All Stars Dinner.”

Yes, it’s a reunion, with Fabio Viviani hosting “an all-star get-together complete with a challenge,” Bravo says. The chefs will also “rehash their favorite moments on the series,” which means filler by way of clips. Bravo also promises confrontations between Marcel and Fabio, and Carla and Casey.

Besides Fabio, the chefs attending are Richard Blais, Harold Dieterle, Carla Hall, Hung Huynh, Dale Levitski, Stefan Richter, Casey Thompson, and Marcel Vigneron. That insufferable prick Ilan Hall will also be there, and I was recently reminded of how much I loathe him when I re-read his pre-finale comments about Marcel in which he bragged about taunts that didn’t make it on the air. At the time, I assumed he was bitter about losing to Marcel, but no, he won and still had to continue being an arrogant bully. Marcel is an annoying ass, but I’ll be fast-forwarding any time Ilan’s ugliness comes on my TV.

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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