Giada de Laurentiis will judge Food Network Star, which has changed its name

Food Network’s excellent summer competition series Next Food Nework Star, which has changed its name by dropping the word “next” from the title, has added a new judge to its panel: Giada De Laurentiis. She joins Bobby Flay and the series’ real stars, Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson.

There’s no explanation for the name change in the press release, which simply refers to the series as Food Network Star, as does its web site.

The 15 contestants have been announced, and Food Network also revealed/confirmed its guest stars, including Paula Deen, Ina Garten, Rachael Ray, Michael Symon, and Courtneney Cox.

The seventh season debuts June 5 with a two-hour premiere.

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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