Wednesday February 5, 2014

Top Chef struck a licensing agreement with Celebrity Cruises for a Top Chef at Sea partnership that gives fans custom experiences inspired by the Bravo culinary competition. On four cruises starting July 27, vacationers will get cooking demonstrations, and for an extra fee, have the opportunity to take classes with chef'testants. The finale of season 11, airing tonight, features "the closest decision in Top Chef history."  New Orleans has been a somewhat disappointing and ho hum season.  Grantland's Andy Greenwald weighs in here.

Emmy-winning House of Cards, premiering its second season Friday, February 14, has been renewed for season three on Netflix.  Well-played Netflix.

Per Deadline, "Ice-T and CoCo are eyeing a career as talk show hosts. The husband-and-wife duo have inked a development deal with Ryan Seacrest Productions for a talk show project. According to RSP sources, the show is in the process of being taken out to the marketplace. Ice-T announced the new show on his podcast today, saying that he and CoCo ended their E! reality series Ice Loves CoCo to focus on the talk show project. 'You can only do so much with reality TV,' the Law & Order: SVU star said."

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This can't be real, can it??  "GSN announced today that actress Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, Ugly Betty) will serve as host of Skin Wars, the 8 episode, hour-long competition show that seeks to find the most talented and versatile body painters in the country. Romijn- the first model to ever be body-painted for Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit issue the year before she made her unforgettable big-screen debut as the blue body painted Mystique in X-Men -will be joined by legendary entertainer RuPaul and body painting rock stars Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina as judges when Skin Wars premieres on GSN in Summer 2014.

"'We are honored to have this stellar line-up of eye-popping talent for Skin Wars, a series that will look like no other on television,' said Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, GSN. "Host Rebecca Romijn has an insider's understanding of this fascinating world and we are thrilled that the master of transformation RuPaul will join body painting aficionados Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina on the judging panel.'"

Vulture has some issues with Brooklyn Nine-Nine?

Jerry Seinfeld talks Jay Leno and David Letterman with The New York Times.

More Seinfeld as he talked with FOX Sports about the Super Bowl, golf, SeinfeldComedians In Cars Getting Coffee and more.

TBS gave a green light to a comedy competition with Marlon Wayans. The Workaholic/Marlon and Eyeworks production features Wayans and his family and friends hunting for talented comedians.

"Discovery Channel, looking to top Nik Wallenda‘s made-for-TV tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon, has signedJoby Ogwyn to attempt the first wing suit flight off the summit of Mount Everest, live on Discovery Channel in May. The jump — a descent of more than 10,000 vertical feet at speeds of over 150 mph –  will be telecast live in 224 countries and territories."

Will Ferrell did a Reddit AMA.

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EW did a Q&A with the producers of MTV's Are You The One?  Here are a few snippets:

What’s the science behind these “perfect matches”? What methods were used?
“The methods came from a combo of scientifically proven compatibility testing, as well as straight matchmaking,” says EP Tiffany Williams. “The matchmakers got pretty deep into all of the contestants’ past relationship history, so they would do these interviews with the contestants and their family, friends, and exes. All that information was combined and analyzed.”

How much time do the contestants get with each other between match-up ceremonies?
There are 10 match-up ceremonies over the course of six weeks of physical shooting — although the production schedule doesn’t necessarily equate to a match-up ceremony every four days. But really, that means the contestants have just a few days between ceremonies to make their guesses.

Say a couple finds matches successfully in the Truth Booth and they’re sent off to live in peace. What happens if a contestant doesn’t actually want to be with their perfect match?
Too damn bad. Once they’ve successfully been matched in the Truth Booth, the contestants must go to the honeymoon suite, regardless of their feelings toward one another. “You’ll see in the course of the season, that opens up lots of drama,” says Williams. So, if you’re keeping score, shout hooray that at least one couple matches this season.