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October 12, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
While an investigation continued into the circumstances surrounding the suspected suicide of "MasterChef" finalist Josh Marks, he was mourned Saturday by Chef Gordon Ramsay and "MasterChef" executives who worked closely with the gentle giant during the show's third season. "Just heard the devastating news about Josh Marks. My thoughts are with his family & friends at this tragic time," tweeted Ramsay. A statement released on behalf of "MasterChef," its production companies, and Fox echoed that sentiment.
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October 14, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Some may wonder why Alec Baldwin is doing a talk show. Others may be puzzled why it's apparently set in a steakhouse.  At any rate, "Up Late with Alec Baldwin" premiered at 10 p.m. Friday with about 654,000 total viewers, according to Nielsen. (Yes, evidently 10 p.m. qualifies as "up late" for MSNBC's audience.)  That performance wasn't too bad for a Friday night, but it was nowhere near the 1.5 million that showed up for Sean Hannity's program on Fox News Channel. However, building a talk show following takes time.  PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments The critics weren't in a forgiving mood.
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June 6, 2011
'MasterChef' Where: Fox When: 8 tonight Rating: TV-PG-DL (may be unsuitable for young children with advisories for suggestive dialogue and coarse language)
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October 14, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
It's been 25 years since "Big" came out, but Tom Hanks can apparently still play "Chopsticks" on an oversized piano. Or at least, approximate playing the song that he made famous in the 1988 dramedy. Hanks appeared on the BBC talk show "Jonathan Ross" to promote his new movie, "Captain Phillips," but Ross was really interested in having the two-time Oscar winner tap out a tune on the large keyboard carpet. But good sport that he is, Hanks was not alone in his trip down memory lane.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Did someone at Fox mix up the nights? Did someone sub in "Hell's Kitchen" for an episode of "MasterChef"? It was hard to tell the difference at times as four challenges rolled out in rapid-fire succession. A steak challenge! An eggs Benedict challenge! A poached lobster challenge! And a burger challenge at chef Gordon Ramsay BurGr in Las Vegas that put four of the competitors through a hell that only the competitors over on "Hell's Kitchen" could truly appreciate. PHOTOS: 'The Big Bang Theory' cast at Griffith Observatory When the smoke cleared, Kathy Prieto was sent home to the Bronx, but not without a Kleenex-worthy pep talk from the judges -- and what sounded like a possible job-offer-tryout-kitchen-tutorial from chef Ramsay.)
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August 29, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Has there ever been a more intimidating panel of celebuchefs in the history of cooking competitions? Even the Bocuse d'Or -- the Olympics of the food world -- arguably does not pack such recognizable star power as this week's "MasterChef" lineup, including: chefs Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, Guy Savoy, Daniel Boulud, Alain Ducasse and restaurateur Joe Bastianich. The final four home cooks did just that, breaking down into teams of two. Christine Ha, as the winner of the last challenge, decided the lineup.
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July 24, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Two men enter. One man leaves. And the last one standing Monday night on the "Culinary Thunderdome" edition of "MasterChef" is Josh Marks. Goodbye "Flavor Elevator," don't let the closing doors hit you on the way out to the parking lot! What did you think of giving Josh, and the other seven past nominees, a shot to cook their way back into the kitchen? It's done all the time on other TV shows, but not on "MasterChef. " Do you think it was fair? Josh has been the (tall) front-runner since Day One; is this manipulating the game so he can return?
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Oh, dear. This is looking more and more like a Krissi Vs. Natasha death match. Which wouldn't be a bad thing if, you know, if ended in both of their... eliminations. Who is the patron saint of cooking? Can we pray to him (or her) on behalf of Luca and the rest of the pack? It says something about The Beast when Natasha comes across as the more likable of the pair, as Krissi's "fowl" plan to upend her competition backfired. (Don't these plans always backfire?) She was aiming for Luca and, of course, Natasha, even as she hypocritically suggested to Natasha that that was not the case -- and then seemingly flipped her the bird behind her back.
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July 9, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 7 - 13, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES MasterChef "Desperate Housewives'?" Eva Longoria, pictured, serves as guest judge in this new episode of the cooking competition. 8 p.m. Fox Melissa & Joey Series star Melissa Joan Hart's infant son gets a cameo on his mother's sitcom. 8 p.m. ABC Family The American Baking Competition The winner is revealed in the reality competition's first-season finale.
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July 23, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Gordon Ramsay's reign of kitchen terror continues on Fox, with "Masterchef" returning for a fourth season. "We're excited to be back for another season of 'Masterchef," Ramsay, who serves as executive producer and a judge on the series, said in a statement. "I am continually amazed by the raw talent, passion and creativity of home cooks across America. The contestants raise the bar every season, and it's an inspiration and exciting challenge for us. " The third season of the culinary competition series, which pits home cooks against each other, is currently airing on the network.
NEWS
October 12, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
While an investigation continued into the circumstances surrounding the suspected suicide of "MasterChef" finalist Josh Marks, he was mourned Saturday by Chef Gordon Ramsay and "MasterChef" executives who worked closely with the gentle giant during the show's third season. "Just heard the devastating news about Josh Marks. My thoughts are with his family & friends at this tragic time," tweeted Ramsay. A statement released on behalf of "MasterChef," its production companies, and Fox echoed that sentiment.
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October 10, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 6 - 12, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies        Arsenio Hall The Ellen DeGeneres Show The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Jimmy Kimmel Live Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Dr. Phil Rachael Ray Steve Harvey Craig Ferguson "America's Next Top Model" CBS SERIES ...
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September 12, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Fox's singing contest "The X Factor" was back Wednesday for its third season, with Simon Cowell joined by returning judge Demi Lovato and two newcomers, Destiny's Child's  Kelly Rowland and Latin pop artist Paulina Rubio. The series returned with a one-hour telecast, unlike the previous two debuts, which were two hours  long.  "The X Factor's" audience fell from last year. Wednesday night's episode drew a total of 6.2 million viewers, down 17% from the first hour of last year's premiere, which brought in 7.5 million, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen.
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September 12, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
"MasterChef" crowned Luca Manfe its Season 4 winner, proof that nice guys don't always finish last. Or maybe it was proof that the world will conspire to make sure mean girls don't finish first. It was East Coast versus West Coast as Luca, the restaurant manager from New York City, took on Natasha Crnjac, the homemaker from San Diego. But this being reality TV and all, the face-off was about so much more. It was TV nice guy versus TV villainess. The cameras played up Luca and his happy-go-lucky style, along with his endearing fresh-off-the-boat-from-Italy accent, while also homing in on Natasha's penchant for talking smack about her competitors while rarely missing an opportunity to talk about her own talents (or her own pretty looks)
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September 5, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Whew! The "MasterChef" finale came mighty close to including the most reviled competitor in show history. Instead, the final two competitors standing will include the second- most disliked competitor of the season, Natasha Crnjac, a 26-year-old homemaker from San Diego. Now, Natasha will face off with Luca Manfe, a 31-year-old restaurant manager from New York City, he with the charming accent and the never-give-up story line. His first stab at "MasterChef" was a failure, but he came back for more and fought his way into the finale by absorbing every polishing note the judges hand him. But will it be enough to pull past Natasha, whose multicultural background has seemingly given her the dazzling ability to cook across an array of cuisines -- while teetering on stilettos?
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August 29, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Paula Deen, the celebrity chef recently at the center of a racially charged scandal that resulted in the loss of her Food Network show, made an appearance Wednesday night on an episode of "MasterChef. " The episode featuring the disgraced star was recorded in March -- long before the start of the scandal when she admitted to having used a racial slur in the past -- and was part of a "MasterChef" double-header, with one episode airing at 8 p.m. and the other at 9 p.m. Viewership for the 9 p.m. episode, which featured Deen, increased 13% to 6.3 million, but its rating in the key 18-49 demographic was flat at 2.4, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
NEWS
June 20, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
"MasterChef" executives, get ready for an avalanche of chiropractic bills. From all the neck injuries inflected when viewers watched Krissi drop from a top place to last place in the likability category. Look at the bright side, "MasterChef" fans: That's one less cookbook you'll need to buy. True, Krissi has had a loud mouth and sharp elbows from the start of this season, but she's always managed to pull back just in time and remind us that she's just a tough tawkin' single mom who tells it like it is and makes rustic Italian food.
NEWS
June 22, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Paula Deen's firing by Food Network puts another network -- Fox -- in a pickle. Deen is slated to return for a guest stint on Fox's hit reality TV cooking show, "MasterChef," in the upcoming weeks. In fact, the show kicked off with much fanfare about the celebuchefs who will be stopping by this season, Deen among them. Representatives for "MasterChef" said there would be no comment Friday about Deen's appearance. They declined to identify the run date for the episode in which Deen is slated to appear -- or to confirm that the episode will go forward as planned.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2013 | By Rene Lynch, This post has been corrected. See the note below.
Fox had no way to get rid of Paula Deen (unlike Food Network), and, like it or not, she'll appear on this week's episode of "MasterChef. " A source close to the show said executives considered a variety of options, including not airing the episode, but none were realistic. Another option would have been to try to edit Deen out of the episode, but that would have disrupted a key stage in the competition to find the best home cook in America, the source said. (An example of how deeply involved she is in the episode, which is the second of two back-to-back episodes airing Wednesday night: Deen helps determine who will be among the final four.)
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