The angels are singing! The new season of Top Chef kicks off tonight, and I got to chat with host/judges Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio about what to expect. Over the course of the (very) long conference call, P and T discussed their new judge, writer Toby Young, a pretty rad line-up of guest judges, their own guilty pleasures and the ingredient they're most sick of. They mentioned only one of the new contestants -- Fabio -- by name, so do with that info what you will. They also took on haters who have implied that Top Chef is an easy ticket to success for lazy chefs, and if you're so inclined you can read about what they had to say at NY Mag's Grub Street blog. Otherwise, read on for the highlights.
We'll all be sad when the Comic-Con is over, leaving us with significantly less exciting news, but for now we'll just revel in all its nerdy glory! In other news, Speidi continues to hijack entertainment world, but Georgina Sparks is coming back, so maybe she'll take them down! Okay, not likely, but wouldn't that be so badass?
Now, we know she's a great TV host -- an Emmy-nominated one, in fact -- but is Padma Lakshmi funny or interesting enough to be a sitcom star? Apparently, somebody at NBC thinks she is, since they're developing a half-hour comedy with her. Myself, I didn't even believe her when she sat on a stoop and enjoyed Hardee's Western Bacon Thickburger, but hey, kudos to Padma for succeeding in an industry so notoriously difficult for drop-dead gorgeous women to break into. Our only problem -- their concept, which seems to be about a single woman working in the culinary world, seems pretty formulaic, as does their proposed title, Single Serving. Don't they know that cooking comedies (Kitchen Confidential, Emeril) are doomed to fail? Taking for granted that she can act, which we're still not too sure about, we've got some other ideas for series starring Padma that may fare better.
It's a mixed bag today in the land of TV news -- we've got something disturbing (especially if you're Shawn Johnson), something completely obvious (if you've ever watched American Idol), something hilarious/nauseating (depending on how you feel about Padma Lakshmi dripping Thickburger onto herself), and a whole hell of a lot of Isaiah Washington. Because why not?