July 31, 2009
Fox is premiering the first season of it “Fame”/“High School Musical”/ “mockumentary” hybrid “Glee” will be Wednesday, September 9. One of the characters to watch is Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz), who refuses to let a slight speech impediment get in the way of her singing. TPTB at Fox have wisely paired it with the premiere of the popular “So You Think You Can Dance,” which, I think, highlights a far more talented crop of young people than “American Idol.”
It was grouper that brought down L.A. chef Suzanne Tracht on Bravo’s cooking competition, “Top Chef Masters.” The owner of Jar (8225 Beverly Boulevard), who chose Sova food pantry as her charity of choice for the show, won her slot in the second episode by defeating three other chefs, but was the first of the six chefs to be eliminated in the championship round (she lost by ½ a star).
Over on “More to Love” aka “The Bachelor with more curves,” Luke has met the 25 women who were view for his heart and said so long to five of them. One of the remaining 20 is Tali, 26 (whose weight is listed as 190, although for a show that is supposed to be about more inner beauty, I can’t understand why we should care how much she weighs.) She is originally from Israel, now lives in New York and works as motivational speaker, which will probably come in handy as sone of the other girls on the show have little no self-esteem. Whether Tali makes it to the finals remains to be seen, however, upcoming scenes show Luke telling her something to the effect of “you knew starting this that you wouldn’t be the only girl I was seeing.”
The show airs Tuesday nights on Fox. For more information and to watch the first episode, visit http://www.fox.com/moretolove.
USA has renewed Mark Feuerstein’s hit dramedy series “Royal Pains.” In it, Feuerstein plays Dr. Hank Lawson, a one-time New York surgeon who is now a “concierge doc” to the rich and famous in the Hamptons. Don’t forget: Characters welcome.
The show airs Thursday nights. For more information, visit http://www.usanetwork.com/series/royalpains.