Top Chef All-Stars cast officially announced; Anthony Bourdain, Muppets will judge

The cast of Top Chef All-Stars was revealed yesterday when Bravo confirmed the existence of all-star competition. The show’s eighth season will debut Dec. 1 and feature Anthony Bourdain and Gail Simmons alternating as the third judge, and challenges featuring Jimmy Fallon and Muppets–Cookie Monster, Telly, and Elmo–as guest Quickfire judges.

TV Guide reported these details and also declared it had an “EXCLUSIVE” on the all-star season. Even though they did report on the challenges and reveal the full cast, someone at the magazine needs to look up the definition of that obnoxiously over-used word because Eater NY had that news last month. I guess news that doesn’t get fed to a publication by a publicist just doesn’t count.

Eater has the list of 18 contestants broken down by season, and besides the previously revealed cast, it includes Elia Aboumrad, Jennifer Carroll, Jamie Lauren, Dale Levitski, Antonia Lofaso, Casey Thompson, and Tre Wilcox.

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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