For starters, celebrity chef and Apprentice alum Curtis Stone is taking the reins as host of Masters, which will now be formatted similarly to its parent show, Top Chef. The judging scale has been pushed aside and instead the chefs will compete in elimination challenges — one of the most enjoyed aspects of the original series.
Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks, Maroon 5 and popstar Kelis are among the celebrity guest judges set to appear throughout the series’ third installment.
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• ABC has revealed which celebs will be paired with which Dancing With the Stars professionals, and here is the outcome: Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy; Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke; Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas; Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff; Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya; Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin; Hines Ward and Kym Johnson; Romeo and Chelsie Hightower; Kendra Wilkinson and Louis Van Amstel; Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer; and Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani.
• HBO has greenlit 40, an ensemble comedy pilot from Entourage showrunner Doug Ellin, says Deadline. Ed Burns will star in the New York-based series which follows the lives of four lifelong friends. (Guess how old they are?)
• Popular‘s Leslie Bibb has landed the lead in the ABC dramedy pilot Good Christian Bitches, Deadline reports. Kind of crazy to fathom (“Carley Bobby” excepted), but she’ll actually be playing a divorced mother of two.
• The promos for the new season of ABC Family’s Secret Life of the American Teenager have hinted at a marriage proposal between Ricky and Amy. TV Guide‘s exclusive photo makes us believe a wedding is on the way, too!
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