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July 20, 2003 | Lewis Beale, Special to The Times
One thing's for sure about nearly every so-called reality program that's come along during the recent boom in unscripted TV: There's nothing real about the experiences they show. Who, after all, would purposely drive a car off a three-story building? Who would choose to share a home with Motley Crue's Vince Neil, rapper M.C. Hammer, fallen child star Corey Feldman and chatty "Survivor" survivor Jerri Manthey? Or who would pick the love of his life from a lineup of beautiful women?
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April 30, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Nicole Richie is looking to get her tramp stamp removed in the first episode of her AOL Web series, "#CandidlyNicole. " The show is the latest in original programming from AOL, which has 15 new deals for Web series featuring  Sarah Jessica Parker, Hank Azaria, Rocco DiSpirito, Anthony Anderson and Sofia Vergara's younger sister Sandra, the company announced Tuesday at the AOL 2013 Digital Content NewFront. As part of the programming, Ryan Seacrest Productions, Gwyneth Paltrow and her trainer Tracy Anderson have partnered for a new series called "Second Chances," TV Guide reported . But back to Richie, celebutante Paris Hilton's former BFF who costarred in their reality show "The Simple Life" at the peak of their popularity from 2003 to 2007.  Richie, the adopted daughter of singer Lionel Richie, sets out to get her "cross going down the crack tattoo" removed in her debut webisode.
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July 29, 2004
Ruling: A New York judge has barred TV chef Rocco DiSpirito from the site of his reality TV show, "The Restaurant," and has told Jeffrey Chodorow, DiSpirito's financial backer, that he could walk away because the place was operating at a loss. The show had aired on NBC.
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September 30, 2004 | From Associated Press
Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, who rose to national prominence in the reality TV series "The Restaurant" only to see the venture dissolve in legal acrimony with his partners, is leaving his other New York eatery. As of next week, DiSpirito, 37, will step down as executive chef at Union Pacific, where he first gained notoriety after it opened in 1997. The restaurant will close at the end of the year. DiSpirito said he intends to focus on opportunities outside the restaurant world.
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September 30, 2004 | From Associated Press
Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, who rose to national prominence in the reality TV series "The Restaurant" only to see the venture dissolve in legal acrimony with his partners, is leaving his other New York eatery. As of next week, DiSpirito, 37, will step down as executive chef at Union Pacific, where he first gained notoriety after it opened in 1997. The restaurant will close at the end of the year. DiSpirito said he intends to focus on opportunities outside the restaurant world.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2004 | From Associated Press
By one measure, this is a bad time to observe TV-Turnoff Week. It happens there are a number of interesting programs scheduled for the 10th annual call for television abstinence by the TV-Turnoff Network. (See www.tvturnoff.org for details about its effort.) On the other hand, if this is a week when you would be tempted to watch even more television than usual, then, logically, not watching any TV would gain you all the more free time to spend on other things.
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August 6, 2003 | Regina Schrambling, Special to The Times
Every Sunday, millions of viewers are tuning in to "The Restaurant," the so-called reality TV show that's playing out like a train wreck with red sauce. On Rocco's opening night, kitchen fires and tempers erupted, and it's only gotten worse: Last Sunday, the third of six installments, it seemed as if everyone hated the place, from the beleaguered customers to the people grudgingly waiting on them.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Nicole Richie is looking to get her tramp stamp removed in the first episode of her AOL Web series, "#CandidlyNicole. " The show is the latest in original programming from AOL, which has 15 new deals for Web series featuring  Sarah Jessica Parker, Hank Azaria, Rocco DiSpirito, Anthony Anderson and Sofia Vergara's younger sister Sandra, the company announced Tuesday at the AOL 2013 Digital Content NewFront. As part of the programming, Ryan Seacrest Productions, Gwyneth Paltrow and her trainer Tracy Anderson have partnered for a new series called "Second Chances," TV Guide reported . But back to Richie, celebutante Paris Hilton's former BFF who costarred in their reality show "The Simple Life" at the peak of their popularity from 2003 to 2007.  Richie, the adopted daughter of singer Lionel Richie, sets out to get her "cross going down the crack tattoo" removed in her debut webisode.
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August 26, 2008 | Maria Elena Fernandez
The new season of ABC's “Dancing With the Stars” will boast its largest cast ever, its youngest and oldest competitors to date, two Olympic gold medalists, a Grammy-winning singer, an Oscar winner and a Super Bowl champion. The celebrities who will compete for the mirror ball trophy when the series returns next month will be Lance Bass of 'N Sync, singer Toni Braxton, actress-host Brooke Burke, celebrity chef Rocco Dispirito, Olympic track star Maurice Greene, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, actress Cloris Leachman, "Hannah Montana" star Cody Linley, soap vixen Susan Lucci, Olympic beach volleyball superstar Misty May-Treanor, actor Ted McGinley, comedian Jeffrey Ross and NFL Super Bowl champ Warren Sapp.
NEWS
August 14, 2003 | From Associated Press
Rocco DiSpirito's trendy new Italian restaurant -- the subject of NBC's reality series "The Restaurant" -- has been cited by the health department for "evidence of live flies" and greasy spoons. "The Restaurant" follows DiSpirito and his staff through the travails of opening a Manhattan restaurant. That hassle continued when Rocco's on 22nd was cited during an impromptu health department inspection July 29. The notice of violation was posted on Court TV's the Smoking Gun Web site Monday night.
NEWS
July 29, 2004
Ruling: A New York judge has barred TV chef Rocco DiSpirito from the site of his reality TV show, "The Restaurant," and has told Jeffrey Chodorow, DiSpirito's financial backer, that he could walk away because the place was operating at a loss. The show had aired on NBC.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2004 | From Associated Press
By one measure, this is a bad time to observe TV-Turnoff Week. It happens there are a number of interesting programs scheduled for the 10th annual call for television abstinence by the TV-Turnoff Network. (See www.tvturnoff.org for details about its effort.) On the other hand, if this is a week when you would be tempted to watch even more television than usual, then, logically, not watching any TV would gain you all the more free time to spend on other things.
FOOD
August 6, 2003 | Regina Schrambling, Special to The Times
Every Sunday, millions of viewers are tuning in to "The Restaurant," the so-called reality TV show that's playing out like a train wreck with red sauce. On Rocco's opening night, kitchen fires and tempers erupted, and it's only gotten worse: Last Sunday, the third of six installments, it seemed as if everyone hated the place, from the beleaguered customers to the people grudgingly waiting on them.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2003 | Lewis Beale, Special to The Times
One thing's for sure about nearly every so-called reality program that's come along during the recent boom in unscripted TV: There's nothing real about the experiences they show. Who, after all, would purposely drive a car off a three-story building? Who would choose to share a home with Motley Crue's Vince Neil, rapper M.C. Hammer, fallen child star Corey Feldman and chatty "Survivor" survivor Jerri Manthey? Or who would pick the love of his life from a lineup of beautiful women?
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2003 | Elaine Dutka
Viewers gave Sunday night's premiere of NBC's "The Restaurant" a mixed response. Though the show -- created by "Survivor" mastermind Mark Burnett -- finished first with the 18- to 34-year-old crowd, its ratings were lower than those for Dick Wolf's "Crime & Punishment," the show it replaced. Still, there was good news awaiting Rocco's on 22nd, the Manhattan restaurant that starred in the production, and its celebrity chef, Rocco DiSpirito (one of People magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive").
FOOD
April 12, 2000 | RUSS PARSONS
Tim Goodell of Aubergine restaurant in Newport Beach was the only West Coast member of Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs selection for 2000. The 34-year-old Goodell, who opened his restaurant to almost unanimous rave reviews in 1994, joins such past award winners as New York's Rocco DiSpirito from Union Pacific and Michael Romano and Dan Silverman from Union Square Cafe. In addition to Aubergine, Goodell and his wife Liza also run the bistro Troquet at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa.
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