Top Chef Masters 2 returns as the (hopefully misleading) trailer emphasizes drama

Just a few hours left until the second season of Top Chef Masters, which I’m excited about because the first was so fantastic, and far exceeded the latest regular edition. It returns tonight on Bravo at 11 p.m. ET, fa owing the fine uh chowin on She Jean Us–I mean, Shear Genius.

The trailer for the new season (below) does have me slightly concerned, since it emphasizes drama and conflict. One of the best things about the first season was its relative lack of interpersonal conflict and stupidity despite the intense competition, which made the Voltaggios et al seem even more lame once their season came around.

However, watching it again, it’s pretty clear that these are mostly all moments of fun and frivolity that have been edited to suggest otherwise; combined with the Bravo voice-over guy talking into his hand dramatically, it seems worse than it will be. I hope.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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