TVLine Items: Bravo Revamps Masters, DWTS Pairs Revealed, and Other TV News to Know

Top Chef Masters returns Wednesday, April 6, and fans should brace themselves because the Bravo series has undergone a major face lift.

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!

Which TVLine Items have you talking today?

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  1. 4F says:

    So the only reason I was looking forward to DWTS was the chance to look at that hot piece of Russian manmeat, Maksim, and now to find out he’s paired with that loser Kirstie Alley? Argh. She better work her butt off to stay in the competition so I get plenty of weeks to ogle Maksim.

  2. J says:

    I’m so excited about the possibility of seeing Leslie Bibb as a TV lead once again!