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Next Iron Chef Competition Turns Up the Heat

To be called an Iron Chef is to be a celebrated, world-class chef whose cuisine often reigns supreme - and it’s an honor many professional chefs would love to add to their credentials. Thanks to the magic of reality TV, one chef will soon claim the title as their own - but nine of the current contestants have got real reason to think they just aren’t up to par.

Ming Tsai, well-known as a television personality for his Emmy-winning East Meets West cooking show, is already a pro chef of the highest caliber … and he’s already taking The Next Iron Chef competition by storm. In the third-season opener, Tsai (who currently has a PBS cooking show named Simply Ming) took top honors in the Ingenuity challenge, where competitors were forced to cook with the one ingredient they said they would want to have if marooned on a deserted island.

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TV Extensions, Renewals and Cancellations (8/28)

Covert Affairs

Here’s an update on the shows you will and won’t be seeing in the months to come:


  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (CMT)
  • Covert Affairs (USA) - Season 2
  • Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC) - Season 10
  • The Next Iron Chef (Food) - Season 3

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New ‘Iron Chef’ Joins Cooking Ranks

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Food & Home, Prime Time, Reality, Cable, Gossip,

Michael SymonIt all started with an article in the New York Post. First, they reported that and darling Mario Batali (of Molto Mario fame) was being kicked off the network, stripped of his Iron Chef rank and forced to watch as none of his shows were renewed for another season. Next, they reported that Batali would still be seen on the network from time to time, perhaps. Now, Batali has teamed with none other than Gwyneth Paltrow (how did that happen?) to host a new cooking show for American Public TV.

Batali’s departure left a hole in Food Network’s , sparking an eight-episode search for the . Sunday night, under the watchful eye of the remaining Iron Chefs (, Cat Cora and – my favorite) and the chairman, chefs John Besh and Michael Symon competed under the klieg lights of Kitchen Stadium. The mission? Make five course in 60 minutes. The secret ingredient? Swordfish.

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Hulk Hogan Scheduled to Host ‘American Gladiators’

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Reality, Sports, NBC,

Hulk HoganAs I reported several weeks ago, will be introducing an updated version of .  At the time, I said the classic series reminded me of Iron Chef+Battle of the Network Stars+WWE.  Well, apparently wrestling wasn’t such an original analogy; word has it a former wrestler will now be hosting it.

According to TV Week, has been tapped for the emcee duties.  The


WWE celebrity and star is reportedly committed to the project and is currently finalizing the deal.  As for the Gladiators who will terrorize the naive competitors, those roles are still being cast.

Be looking for the reality competition sometime mid-season.

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The Return of ‘American Gladiators’

GladiatorsThe sick voyeur in me has always loved seeing Average Joes fight for their lives—which probably explains why Schwarzenegger’s The Running Man still remains a guilty pleasure for me to this day.  This fascination also fueled my enthusiasm for the horribly addictive show from the 90’s known as American Gladiators.

The series pitted male and female contestants against the Gladiators who reigned over their arena.  The poor souls would do their best to score points by navigating various obstacle courses.  They would also try and avoid being taken down along the way.  I would compare the show to Iron Chef+Battle of the Network Stars+WWE.

Gladiators, which ended its run in 1996, is now being resurrected by as a mid-season addition.  Unfortunately, the show will be subject to an ‘updating’....which could mean just about anything.  (Having tried to watch Battle of the Network Reality Stars, I’m hesitant about anything that’s tweaked).

Here’s to hoping that some of my favorite challenges like The Assault and Breakthrough & Conquer will return.  If not, I may have to turn to the re-runs currently airing on Classic.

What were your favorite challenges?  How about your favorite Gladiators?  Let us know!

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