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Posts from: June 2011

Final Soul Daddy restaurant closes: America’s Next Great Restaurant lasted two months

The final restaurant opened as the prize for NBC’s America’s Next Great Restaurant has closed. Jamawn Woods’ Soul Daddy opened May 1 in New York, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis, but just 15 days ago, shut down the New York and L.A. locations. Jamawn was surprised by the first two closings, and this one surprised his …

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All four Voice coaches, including Christina Aguilera, returning for season two

NBC announced today that all four of The Voice‘s coaches–Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton–will return for season two. The announcement comes the day after the finale, and seems designed to end endless speculation about whether Christina would return. And since the second season doesn’t debut until 2012, it’s good to …

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Big Brother’s cast: new people plus former houseguests as it follows the new CBS reality show cast model

Big Brother 13‘s cast was revealed this morning, and while the nine people who have been identified are brand-new cast members, CBS has also revealed that multiple “dynamic duos” (barf) will be returning to play the game again. Yes, it’s second chances and redemption for this show, too, although they’re calling it “double trouble.” Who …

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The Voice’s close finish: Javier wins but second-place Dia’s song is more popular

Javier Colon became the first winner of NBC’s The Voice last night, winning a recording contract and $100,000 for beating Dia Frampton, who came within 2 percent of the final vote and who sold more singles than Javier did after the final performance episode. Her “Inventing Shadows” leads iTunes’ sales chart, followed by Javier’s “Stitch …

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A one-sentence reaction to Love in the Wild, which could be summed up in two words: Paradise Hotel

NBC’s Love in the Wild is nowhere near Survivor or The Bachelor in terms of quality, drama, narrative, or character, and is really mostly a rip-off of Paradise Hotel‘s format of couples pairing up and switching off with so-so challenges thrown in to add some adventure, although the oddly fake-looking visual appearance (like I’m a …

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Joe Rogan back to host Fear Factor, forgets to mention how “boring,” “mindless” his job was

When Fear Factor returns to NBC five years after being cancelled, it will feature its old host, Joe Rogan, who has new enthusiasm for the job. Unsurprisingly, he did not repeat his comments from three years ago, when he called the show “boring,” “mindless,” and “not something I would look forward to.” Today, Joe told …

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The Voice ends, having surprisingly reinvented the singing competition: what worked, what didn’t

The Voice ends its first season tonight, having successfully done what no other network show has been able to do: reinvent the singing competition to stand apart from–and improve upon–American Idol. It also brought viewers to NBC, and was another success for Mark Burnett and his brand of (usually) high-quality reality television. As a watchable, …

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