Curtis Stone will host Top Chef Masters 3, replacing Kelly Choi

Top Chef Masters will return for a third season this year, and its worst part, host Kelly Choi, will be gone, replaced by Celebrity Apprentice star Curtis Stone, who will also be on NBC’s forthcoming America’s Next Great Restaurant.

Bravo simply said in an announcement that the show “will return for a third season later this year with Curtis Stone as host,” but offered no other details. (Also, Top Chef will return for a ninth season, unsurprisingly.)

While she wasn’t the worst host on a Bravo competition show ever, she had awkward line readings and little personality. Curtis Stone was great on Celebrity Apprentice, though hosting is a different animal, so it’ll be interesting to see how he handles it, and if he’s more Padma Lakshmi, China Chow, or Katie Lee Joel.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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