'Top Chef': Too many cooks in the kitchen
November 3rd, 2011
11:00 AM ET

'Top Chef': Too many cooks in the kitchen

The ads promoting “Top Chef: Texas” featured head judge Tom Colicchio wearing a sheriff's star, so I was hoping he'd have that baby fastened to his lapel all season. No such luck - during Wednesday's season 9 premiere, the star was nowhere in sight.

That was the first of a few disappointments in the episode, but even a subpar offering of “Top Chef” is enjoyable. Wednesday’s premiere had its moments, particularly the elimination that came before the first commercial break, which was legendary and wonderful. We’ll get to that.

The problem was that the show crammed in double the contestants and two new judges, presumably because everything’s bigger in Texas and you go big or go home, etc., etc. As a result, the episode overwhelming, and it watered down the series’ best traits.

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'Phantom Tollbooth' anniversary doc in the works
November 3rd, 2011
10:22 AM ET

'Phantom Tollbooth' anniversary doc in the works

Children’s classic “The Phantom Tollbooth” is turning 50, and a documentary is being prepared for the occasion.

Brooklyn filmmaker Hannah Jayanti and her team are working with author Norton Juster and illustrator Jules Feiffer on the film, which details the beloved book’s beginnings.

“We follow Norton and Jules as they return to the house in Brooklyn Heights where Norton began writing a little story ‘to get his mind off of what he had to do,’” reads the doc’s website.

Fans can help fund the project at Kickstarter.com. According to the site, 331 backers have contributed over $24,000 towards the documentary so far.

Snooki: I won't be broke like the Situation
November 3rd, 2011
09:40 AM ET

Snooki: I won't be broke like the Situation

There’s no word yet on when/where another season of MTV’s hit series will film, but Snooki isn’t worried. The self-proclaimed meatball has been saving all her money so she can support herself after the show is off the air.

“‘Jersey Shore’ is going to end soon,” Snooki told GQ. “I’m not going to spend money like Mike. He’s already broke.”

And though season 5 will most likely follow “Shore’s” surefire format, Snooks said she would do things a little differently if she were in charge.

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