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TV Review: Gordon Ramsay Returns with Nicer ‘Masterchef’ on FOX

CHICAGO – “Masterchef,” starring Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot, returns tonight, May 22, 2013 at 7pm with a two-hour premiere that hints at a kinder, gentler season, in keeping with the general trend of these shows.

TV Review: ‘Top Chef: Texas’ Switches Recipe on Reality Hit

CHICAGO – Some fans are going to want to send back the latest offering from Chef Tom Colicchio and the team behind Bravo’s Emmy-winning “Top Chef.” At first, it’s a little baffling to see one of the most acclaimed reality programs of all time switch up its formula this notably with a series of starting challenges that will remind viewers of “American Idol.”

TV News: ‘Top Chef: Texas’ Features Multiple Chicago Hopefuls

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CHICAGO – The newest season of Bravo’s hit series “Top Chef” will feature six cast members from right here in Chicago. “Top Chef: Texas,” which premieres November 2 at 9 p.m. CST, will feature a total of 29 chefs vying for the season 9 crown.

TV Review: ‘America’s Next Great Restaurant’ Tastes Pretty Bland

CHICAGO – Part “Top Chef,” part “The Apprentice,” and even part “American Idol” and with a title borrowed from “America’s Next Top Model,” NBC’s “America’s Next Great Restaurant” is a recipe built from ingredients you’ve tasted before but that have become bland by mixing them all together with nothing new to add to the pot.

The 10 Best Shows to Watch in Summer 2010

CHICAGO – While we all eagerly await the return of our favorite shows and wonder if the networks can top last season’s remarkable freshman class, there are a number of programs currently airing that are definitely worth considering when the heat index breaks 100 or you don’t want to risk another summer thunderstorm.

DVD Round Up, Oct. 20, 2009: ‘Medium,’ ‘Princess,’ ‘Top Chef’

Medium: Season Five DVD

CHICAGO – Over the course of dozens of editions of HollywoodChicago.com’s DVD Round-Up column, we have brought our readers more than a few collections that possessed a remarkable variety of genres in one piece, but few match this week’s column, a quartet of titles that include supernatural drama, reality television, foreign animation, and classic fantasy.

Gordon Ramsay’s Overly Formulaic ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Has Grown Cold

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CHICAGO – By its very nature, reality television is formulaic. “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race,” “Project Runway,” “Top Chef” - They all follow the same structure every year. But good reality TV mixes it up with interesting competitors and enough variety to keep viewers interested. It has gotten to the point where you can barely tell one episode of “Hell’s Kitchen” from another one, much less from season to season.

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