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The Taste season 3 ends in the best way possible

Another season of The Taste has concluded, and like certain wines or Anderson Cooper, it keeps getting better with age. The finale featured a live studio audience of the contestants’ friends and family who could witness Ludo’s abuse in person, and came down to three men, the final two of whom were also in a separate competition to see whose …

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The Taste and its spoons return with a new twist, same mentors

When I reviewed the first season of ABC’s The Taste, I suggested it would not last beyond one season. Thankfully, ABC thought otherwise and gave the show a shot to redeem itself, and in its second season, it really improved. It excised things that weren’t working, including former “Top Chef” Brian Malarkey. He was replaced with Marcus …

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Marcus Samuelsson replaces Brian Malarkey on The Taste

ABC’s The Taste, which is returning for an improbable second season, has replaced its winning judge/mentors, former Top Chef contestant Brian Malarkey, with Chopped judge Marcus Samuelsson. Malarkey’s contract wasn’t renewed; he said in a very nice statement earlier this summer that “Being a part of ABC’s The Taste was a great experience, especially mentoring …

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ABC kills Dancing with the Stars results, renews The Taste, orders fantasy competition

Dancing with the Stars will only air on one night this fall, as ABC has cancelled its Tuesday night results shows. That’s similar to the decision Fox made last year to limit So You Think You Can Dance to a single night, combining the performance and results into one awkward hour of television. ABC said …

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How The Taste screwed up

ABC’s blind-tasting cooking competition The Taste concluded last night, and just 3.45 million people watched, tying its lowest-ratings ever. It was easily crushed by the second hour of Hell’s Kitchen. It was won by someone familiar with being on a reality TV show: Khristianne Uy, who besides being Charlie Sheen’s personal chef, has also appeared …

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The Taste’s dumb judges: maddeningly rejecting food they like

ABC’s The Taste aired its second–and, mercifully, final–audition episode last night, and it drove me even more insane than the first audition episode. And that’s because the four coach/judges/chefs/whatever–Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Brian Malarkey, and Ludo Lefebvre–had a maddening tendency to reject a contestant and then praise that person for his or her amazing food. …

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