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.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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