Top Chef Masters preview spoils episode

Bravo had a special punishment last night for those who watch commercials and don’t fast-forward through them: a preview for next week’s Top Chef Masters gave away the results of the episode that was currently airing, one that featured the cast of Modern Family.

In the preview, annoying Bravo voiceover guy (his voice inexplicably transitions from nasal and annoying to crazy annoying with some echo/auto-tune/treble effect) says, “Next Wednesday, the real competition begins with the first champions’ round.”

As he said that, a few of the chefs were shown, starting with Jody Adams, who appeared in last night’s episode for the first time. However, she won the “high stakes” Quickfire (not sure why a non-Las Vegas season has a “high stakes” challenge, but I digress) and was sent directly to the champions’ round, which starts next week, so her appearance in the trailer wasn’t a spoiler.

But Susur Lee was also shown twice in the preview, once in a close-up, and once working on some kind of tower of food. The episode returned to the Critics’ Table, but the network had just given away who won, eliminating tension for anyone who saw that preview. He did end up receiving the highest elimination round score in the history of the spin-off series, 19.5 stars.

Bravo’s promos have always been horrifyingly bad, especially when they lie and say something like “and every Monday, catch a new Kell on Earth” but air that weeks or months before the show actually debuts. And don’t get me started on the awful voiceover man or their new branding campaign that looks like an excuse for someone who just found clip art in Microsoft Word to play around.

This was likely just a screw up, but it should be a wake-up call for the network to rethink its promos.

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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