Food Network Star gets a makeover: adding mentors, tribes, viewer vote

Food Network’s usually strong competition Food Network Star is getting a makeover, which will hopefully help to pull it out of its increasingly familiar rut when it returns for an eighth season this summer.

Judges Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will no longer judge, but instead will be joined by Alton Brown as mentors for teams of contestants that they choose. Thankfully, Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson will remain as judges, with guest judges joining them each week. But viewers will ultimately select the winner, Variety reports.

The series, which dropped the word “Next” from its title last season, is also moving back to New York City from Los Angeles.

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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