Top Chef Just Desserts renewed, casting

Bravo’s spin-off of Top Chef Just Desserts, the spin-off of Top Chef that featured a lot of drama with crazed pastry chefs during its first season last fall, has been renewed for a second season and is now casting.

The press release doesn’t mention host Gail Simmons at all, which seems troubling (why not mention her if she’s coming back?), but when I asked Bravo about that, a spokesperson told me that the announcement “is just a pickup and casting release.”

The 24-page application [PDF] says the show will tape over three to five weeks in April, but there’s no word yet when it’ll debut.

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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