Kitchen Nightmares chef/owner found dead

Campania owner Joseph Cerniglia, who appeared on an early episode of Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares, was found dead on Friday. His body “was found floating in the Hudson River, authorities said Sunday,” and “[t]he cause of death is under investigation, but ‘no criminality’ is suspected,” according to The Record.

Cerniglia appeared on the show in its first season, in an episode that featured lots of fake editing. But unlike some featured restaurants, his restaurant improved as a result of Ramsay’s attention and yelling.

In 2007, The Record profiled the restaurant as it awaited the episode’s broadcast, and Cerniglia said the show helped his business but “I think the show dumbed me down a little bit. It sort of gives me chills on my spine when I think about it, the way it was edited. That’s what I gave, to get the exposure.”

NYPD: North Jersey restaurateur found dead in Hudson River [The Record]

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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