Bravo Renews ‘Top Chef’ For 12th Season

By | Thursday January 30, 2014 @ 8:32am PST

Top ChefBravo Media has picked up a 12th season of Emmy and James Beard Award-winning Top Chef. Casting for the culinary competition series begins February 18 in Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles. The Season 11 finale … Read More »

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Bravo Greenlights ‘Top Chef Extreme’

By | Thursday January 16, 2014 @ 8:29am PST

bravo1Bravo Media has greenlit a new culinary competition series Top Chef Extreme (working title) pitting former Top Chef franchise competitors from past seasons against one another. Top Chef Extreme will premiere in summer 2014. In each episode of the newest extension … Read More »

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Telemundo Media To Produce Spanish-Language Version Of Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’

By | Monday July 15, 2013 @ 1:55pm PDT

Following the success of La Voz Kids, the Spanish-language version of NBC’s The Voice, Telemundo Media is hoping for another hit with Top Chef: Estrellas (Top Chef Stars), a Spanish-language version of Bravo‘s culinary competition series … Read More »

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Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ Renewed For Season 11

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:15am PST
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Bravo has renewed its flagship series, the Emmy-winning Top Chef, for an 11th season. Casting begins next week. Top Chef is produced by Magical Elves, with  Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz executive producing.

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Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ Renewed For 10th Season

By | Thursday February 2, 2012 @ 8:08am PST
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Bravo has renewed its Emmy-winning culinary competition series Top Chef for a 10th season. The network is launching open casting calls starting February 21. Veteran Top Chef is hosted by Padma Lakshmi and produced by Magical Elves. Dan Cutforth and … Read More »

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CAA Loses Top Chef Tom Colicchio To WME

By | Friday December 9, 2011 @ 9:39am PST

EXCLUSIVE: Talk about awkward mealtimes. Award winning chef, restaurateur, TV personality, and cookbook author Tom Colicchio has exited CAA for WME’s East Coast Television and Lifestyle & Branding Group head Jon Rosen. The Top Chef host and producer has … Read More »

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RIP: Ted Forstmann

The founder of private equity firm Forstmann Little died today of complications from brain cancer. He was 71. Forstmann was best known as a critic of junk bonds who lost the 1989 bidding war with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts for Nabisco chronicled … Read More »

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EMMYS: Reality-Competition Handicap

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s 2011 Emmy coverage. Here’s his scorecard assessing the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program race.

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Why It Was Nominated: They can’t very well not nominate the show. It’s now been cited nine times in succession — and is still searching for its first win. American Idol has altered the primetime landscape as television’s top-rated show for the past decade. And this year’s edition with new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler — and without Simon Cowell — defied predictions of doom to enjoy a comeback of sorts. It landed 10 noms this time, its most ever.
Why It Has To Win: “We have our best chance ever this year,” believes executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. “If we don’t win it this time, we probably never will.” Quite possible indeed. Idol enjoyed a banner season replete with heavy new injections of publicity thanks to the new judges, who acquitted themselves better than expected. The competition from The Amazing Race and last year’s victor Top Chef isn’t so stiff that it’s likely to keep Idol from finally taking the big prize after eight years of trying in vain.
Why It Can’t Possibly Win: The prevailing wisdom this time is that unfortunately Idol has made the same mistake again — that is, submitting the season finale for consideration. The problem is that there’s no “competition” element in there in a category that has competition in the title. Oops. It’s got Beyonce and Lady Gaga, but then, what doesn’t? This is the same formula that’s failed eight straight times with voters, and perhaps it’s destined to remain forever thus. Read More »

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