Articles for MasterChef Season 2

ABC reigned supreme again last night, the only network with a full primetime lineup of new shows. The Bachelorette and Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition both performed well, while FOX‘s MasterChef premiere didn‘t do so hot.The Bachelorette was up from last week. Viewers likely tuned in to see Bentley, this season‘s unapologetic villain, cut and run, leaving Ashley with a broken heart and an unsure will. It was up 18% from last week, with 8.51 million viewers. And if you missed all the drama and tears, we‘ve got you covered with our Bachelorette recap! Read more »
Here‘s your BuddyTV High Five: The five big moments and questions from tonight‘s episode of Master Chef, "Audition #2"High Five Highlights:5. Starting with a sob story: Dustin, the 24-year-old pool boy, cooks for his mother, who has survived cancer and, unbeknownst to Dustin, has been flown in for his audition. While all that wouldn‘t have happened if he wasn‘t going to be in the competition, Chef Ramsey has never been so excited about a dish.4. Joe turns up the heat: Joe leaves the audition room to tell the candidates that their dishes are not about them but about the judges. Bad food says that the judges don‘t care. His reasoning might not make total sense, and the cooks didn‘t necessarily step it up. But MasterChef Joe Bastianich always looks in charge in his dapper suits, so it was nice to see him take charge for a change.3. The organic farmer farms the Pacific: We see Bob, the organic farmer from Lowell, MA, on his farm before we see him in the kitchen. As he rides his tractor through the farmland, penguins run across the screen. Chef Ramsey calls Bob out on not having any organic farm ingredients on his plate, instead serving tuna, and he says there‘s no charm in Bob‘s food. Bob is E-I-E-I-No. And the penguins? They were just a pop up add for FOX‘s Mr. Popper‘s Penguins movie, which comes out this month.2. Joe goes soft: Judge Joe gets a lot of face time in this episode of MasterChef. Perhaps he melted during his come-to-Jesus in the kitchen, because he gives former lawyer Esther, who cries a lot, a yes, even though he thinks her food is not to par with a Master Chef.1. Marcel, er, Alvin the Freak Genius: Alvin, a retail manager from Houston, Texas, comes to MasterChef with a homemade thermal immersion circulator . He‘s a molecular gastronomist reminiscent to Top Chef‘s Marcel Vigneron. While at first the judges look about as excited as Marcel‘s fellow Top Chef contestants when Alvin starts to play with science, they all give him a resounding yes for cooking a dish called Locomoto, which included an egg. Ramsey calls Alvin, who even started looking like Marcel toward the end of the episode, a freak genius. Read more »
The fourth NBA finals game between the Heat and the Mavericks on ABC took the night, with ratings across the board on NBC down from last week. America‘s Got Talent and The Voice both struggled.On ABC, the Heat/Mavericks game had 15.62 million viewers, up 17% versus last year‘s game four between the Celtics and the Lakers.  Read more »
With the NBA finals over, you‘d think our summer shows would perform better, right? Not the case this week. Two big shows, America‘s Got Talent and The Voice, were actually down versus last week.  Read more »
ABC won the night in terms of viewers last night, but FOX had more to celebrate. The Bachelorette continued to slip in ratings, while Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition remained steady versus last week. FOX‘s MasterChef continued to rise, recovering from its after-premiere slump.  Read more »
Two premieres joined America‘s Got Talent and The Voice last night. They might not be threatening the current kings of Tuesday ratings, but hey, at least there‘s something else on!  Read more »
After weeks of slipping ratings, The Bachelorette finally regained some ground. Viewers likely tuned in to see the return of Bentley, who might actually be gone for good now! Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition saw a nice boost this week, while FOX‘s MasterChef dipped after enjoying a few weeks of ascension.  Read more »
Last night, The Voice hit its highest audience in four weeks, while America‘s Got Talent remained steady, winning NBC the night by a longshot and leaving most other programming in the dust. A few shows that enjoyed decent premieres last week saw dips this week, as expected.  Read more »
Here‘s your BuddyTV High Five: The five big moments and questions from tonight‘s episode of Masterchef, "Top 13 Compete" More of the same on this week‘s episode of Masterchef except as we pair down on contestants, the players get petty and the judges get angrier.  Read more »
It was a good night for NBC. Last night, America‘s Got Talent saw its highest ratings in more than five years, and it‘s second-highest ratings ever. Aside from FOX‘s MasterChef, most programming was dominated by repeats.Let‘s take a look at the numbers! Read more »
Here‘s your BuddyTV High Five: The five big moments and questions from tonight‘s episodeof MasterChef, "Elimination Round."In the final elimination round of the MasterChef auditions -- yes, this means we can finally get tothe actual competition -- the remaining contestant are down to 24 after an apple slicing contest.They then have an hour to bake the best chicken dish of their lives. No, the best chicken dish ofthe judge‘s lives.  Read more »
Here‘s your BuddyTV High Five: The five big moments and questions from tonight‘s episodeof Masterchef, "Top 16 Revealed."Top Chef‘s done it. Saturday Night Live and Justin Timberlake are famous for it, and the bestepisode of Friends was the one with Chandler in one. Now, MasterChef uses the mystery box asthe 16 chosen contestants need to make a meal from the ingredients in a box. The winnergets immunity and the losers get ridiculed and, in the elimination round, they get to go home.No box needed unless they lost their suitcase. Read more »
Here‘s your BuddyTV High Five: The five big moments and questions from tonight‘s episodeof Masterchef, "Top 16 Compete"From cafeteria to pressure cooker, from pizza to ravioli, the 16 contestants go from feeding ahungry lunch crowd to perfecting the art of ravioli.  Read more »
Here‘s your BuddyTV High Five: The five big moments and questions from tonight‘s episodeof MasterChef, "Top 15 Compete"As the judges begin to eliminate contestants, it is obvious who will stick around awhile, eitherbecause of their food or their personality. But how many will make it to the bottom 5 and willall of them resent Max for the rest of their lives?  Read more »
Here‘s your BuddyTV High Five: The five big moments and questions from tonight‘s episode of Masterchef, "Top 14 Compete." MasterChef starts with a motorcycle competition on the beach and ends with a pressure cooker that pops out a surprise ending.  Read more »
Another week of television has passed, which means it‘s time for us to act like our beloved grandparents: we sit back, we relax, and we look back. And we take a quiz that determines if we paid attention all these years -- or, in this case, all this week. It‘s pretty much like the crossword. Or Sudoku. You get the idea. Read more »
After airing repeats on July Fourth, ABC aired a new episode of The Bachelorette, complete with an interview with brokenhearted former Bachelor fiance Emily Maynard. They followed this up with a brand-new Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. Both programs were slightly down, but ABC still won the night easily. On FOX, MasterChef was up slightly.Let‘s take a look at the numbers.  Read more »
It‘s Restaurant Week in New York this week, which means anybody in the Big Apple has the chance to sample the city‘s best food spots for less. Cue my New Yorker friend, telling me about all these wonderful places in the Tribeca district, running the gamut from French cuisine to Indian cuisine, from steaks to pizza (New York-style, natch)... and cue me, the guy who can‘t be there for the occasion. Read more »
Here‘s your BuddyTV High Five: The five big moments and questions from tonight‘s episode of MasterChef, "Top 12 Compete." Providing the appetizers for a posh LA party makes Christian act like a diva in this week‘s episode. Meanwhile, one contestant learns that she can‘t have her cake and eat it, too.  Read more »
Here‘s your BuddyTV High Five: The five big moments and questions from tonight‘s episode of Masterchef, "Top Eleven Compete." The Mystery Box is back and this time, the judges have one, too. Between that and the obscure elimination challenge ingredient, there is heat in this kitchen!  Read more »
Here‘s your BuddyTV High Five: The five big moments and questions from tonight‘s episode of Masterchef"Top 10 Compete" Get out your mom jokes. On tonight‘s episode of Masterchef, the judges outsource the elimination challenge to their mothers. The winner is an unpredicted surprise but you can see the elimination round results coming from a mile away.  Read more »
Last night, Gordon Ramsay returned to TV (er, for the second time this summer) with an all-new season of Hell‘s Kitchen. The kitchen competition is nothing if not consistent for FOX, and it premiered with a hefty 2.5 Nielsen rating for adults 18-49. Ramsay‘s other show on FOX, MasterChef, was steady versus last week. Elsewhere, The Bachelorette was hitting a season low, and Extreme Makeover: Weight-Loss Edition was inching up.Let‘s take a look at the numbers. Read more »
So this is it, folks! The final four of this season of MasterChef battle it out under the watchful eyes of the kitchen devil himself, Gordon Ramsay, product placement fairy Graham Elliot and general meanie Joe Bastiani. And the contestants all have their pre-assigned roles: Christian is the arrogant a-hole, Adrien the soft-spoken genius, Suzy the doe eyed smart ass and Jennifer the sweetie underdog. Who will prevail? Read more »
The finale of MasterChef, naturally, was all about questions. Who would win? Would Christian‘s attitude stand in his way? Would someone monumentally screw up a dish? Would Joe finally spit the food in someone‘s face? What cooking utensil would Graham whorishly plug during the mystery box challenge? Read more »
Did you really think FOX was going to let its dance-reality show go after all those Emmy nominations? And is there any way to reduce the presence of Gordon Ramsay on television?Of course not. Read more »
Gordon Ramsay is such a master chef that he doesn‘t eat regular old food for his meals anymore. He eats airtime. Now, the (screaming, red) face of Hell‘s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares and Masterchef has added a new show to his expanding menu of scary-named programming: Hotel Hell (coming to FOX at some point!) in which he will fix struggling hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts. Not just their menus, either. Every aspect of these failing hotels will be subject to Chef Ramsay‘s expletive-soaked expertise, which spans all areas of all subject matters and has been scientifically proven to solve all problems. He‘s like King Midas: Everything his scream touches turns to gold. Why stop at four shows, Gordon? You need more. You can do yell ANYTHING! But Gordon is probably too busy berating America‘s worst hoteliers right now to come up with more ideas for more TV shows to add to his yelling/food-based empire, so we‘ve taken the liberty to come up with a few ideas for his next projects. God willing, he‘ll have his own niche TV network (name idea: BOO!) within the year.  Read more »