‘Top Chef’: Two restaurants, zero suspense
January 20th, 2011
01:04 PM ET

‘Top Chef’: Two restaurants, zero suspense

Ask most "Top Chef" fans or contestants what the most anticipated challenge of a season is, and the answer will be Restaurant Wars. So while last night's edition might have been the least suspenseful, it was still the most satisfying.

It started with a two-part Quickfire Challenge at Eric Ripert’s renowned seafood restaurant Le Bernardin.

The chefs had 10 minutes to fillet and portion two fish. If that sounds simple, bear in mind they were being judged by the man who spends hours every day doing this job… and it usually takes him 8 minutes.

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Willow Smith to star in 'Annie' remake?
January 20th, 2011
12:25 PM ET

Willow Smith to star in 'Annie' remake?

Is Willow Smith getting ready to whip curly red hair back and forth? Count on it, if her dad Will Smith gets his way.

The superstar is reportedly looking to redo the popular musical "Annie" with his 10-year-old daughter in the lead, reports Variety.

Willow's previous acting experience includes roles in "I Am Legend," "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl," "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" and "True Jackson, VP" - not to mention that she also has a hit record with last year's single "Whip My Hair."

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'American Idol's' return: What's the verdict?
January 20th, 2011
11:55 AM ET

'American Idol's' return: What's the verdict?

“American Idol” returned on Wednesday night to mixed reviews.

New judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez settled into their seats nicely – perhaps a bit too nicely. Gone were the often harsh but always honest comments of the curmudgeonly judge Simon Cowell, and neither Lopez nor Tyler seemed to have it in them to be so tough.

Sean Highkin from Paste Magazine worried that the lack of Cowell might lessen the quality of contestants.

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Ricky Gervais to guest on NBC's 'The Office'
January 20th, 2011
11:03 AM ET

Ricky Gervais to guest on NBC's 'The Office'

[Want to hear more from Ricky Gervais? You can catch him on "Piers Morgan Tonight" on Thursday, January 20 at 9 p.m. ET.]

He may not be asked back to the Golden Globes, but controversial British comic Ricky Gervais has already landed another U.S. TV gig: appearing alongside Steve Carell in "The Office."

New York magazine's Vulture reports that Gervais will appear on the January 27 episode of the hit NBC series as David Brent, the character he portrayed in the original, British version of "The Office," and upon whom Carell's Michael Scott is based.

"Ricky had wanted to do something [with the U.S. "Office"] and it felt like we shouldn't go the whole series without them connecting," show-runner Paul Lieberstein tells Vulture. "But we had some issues to work out, like how does David Brent live in the world of Michael Scott."

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Raising the bar on 'Live to Dance'
January 20th, 2011
10:23 AM ET

Raising the bar on 'Live to Dance'

In yet another reminder that there are virtually no rules to the competition on "Live to Dance," the ballet pair of White Tree Fine Art brought in a long red ribbon, which Ethan did acrobatic moves on in the middle and end of their routine.

This was like something out of Cirque du Soleil, and it brought down the house on Wednesday night's episode (the first night the show was up against "American Idol").

All was going well until Travis Payne gave them a red star. Despite his misgivings, Paula and Kimberly sent White Tree into the finals.

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Jon Gosselin gets a job?
January 20th, 2011
09:51 AM ET

Jon Gosselin gets a job?

Jon Gosselin may not be on the best terms with ex-wife Kate, but he's friendly when it comes to the environment.

According to a report in Life & Style magazine, the 33-year-old former "Jon & Kate Plus 8" star has put his spotlight-seeking days behind him and taken a real job at Global Green Property Services in Pennsylvania, which aims to make properties more environmentally correct.

"He's doing sales marketing, which means he goes out to companies or cold-calls them and tries to get them to use Global Green," an insider tells the magazine. "It's a modest job — he doesn't get a huge salary."

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