- The Washington Times - Friday, October 30, 2009

‘Desserts’ on menu

Bravo’s “Top Chef” is finally getting its “Just Desserts.”

According to Variety, the cable network has cooked up another spinoff of its popular “Top Chef” franchise, this time focusing on the sweet stuff. Casting gets under way this week for “Top Chef: Just Desserts,” which is set to air sometime in 2010.

“Just Desserts” will pit pastry chefs against one another in a weekly elimination competition similar to the original “Top Chef.”

The “Just Desserts” order comes on the heels of Bravo’s second-season pickup of “Top Chef Masters,” which pits established, well-known chefs against one another as they play for charity. Like “Top Chef,” the pastry chefs in “Just Desserts” will live together and face an elimination each week. (“Masters,” on the other hand, was conducted in tournament style, with different chefs facing off each week until the final round.)



“Top Chef: Just Desserts” comes as several networks have added cake-related programming to their schedules in recent months — including TLC’s “Cake Boss” and “Ultimate Cake-Off” in addition to Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes” and WE TV’s “Amazing Wedding Cakes.”

You’re invited

Speaking of wedding cakes, the star-studded wedding of Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom has scored an hourlong special, extratv.warnerbros.com reports.

“Keeping Up with the Kardashians: The Wedding” is scheduled to air Nov. 8 on E!

Of course, those who have followed the whirlwind romance — the Los Angeles Lakers forward, 29, and the reality-show star wed Sept. 27 after dating for just one month — know the nuptials were filmed for E!, but now the network plans to air more than the ceremony. Cameras captured Mr. Odom’s romantic proposal, stepfather Bruce Jenner’s shocked expression when Miss Kardashian delivered her news to the family — and, of course, the glamorous Beverly Hills ceremony and reception.

Clooney pilot a go

TNT is singing the “Delta Blues,” green-lighting a drama pilot executive produced by George Clooney, the Hollywood Reporter says.

“Delta,” from Mr. Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures and Warner Horizon, was penned by Liz Garcia (“Cold Case”) and Joshua Harto. It centers on an outstanding but unusual Memphis, Tenn., cop who lives with his mother and moonlights as an Elvis impersonator.

“Delta” marks the first pilot for Smokehouse. With previous producing partner Steven Soderbergh, Mr. Clooney fielded two improvisational series, “K Street” and “Unscripted.” Both shows had 10-episode runs on HBO.

TNT has been high on police dramas, with such series as “The Closer,” “Saving Grace” and, most recently, “Dark Blue.” The network, which runs repeats of the crime procedurals “Law & Order,” “CSI: NY,” “Cold Case,” “Numbers,” “Without a Trace” and “Bones,” also has been in talks to acquire the recently canceled NBC police drama “Southland.”

Halloween TV

Halloween fare on tap for this weekend:

Friday

Ghost Adventures Live (8 p.m., Travel Channel) — How much fear can you stand? A night’s worth, perhaps … and in an asylum at that? That’s where the “Ghost Adventures” team (Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin) will set up shop for seven hours at one of America’s most haunted locations — the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, W.Va. — to examine the reported ghostly activity at the landmark. Built during the Civil War, the asylum housed the insane, the neglected and the unwanted. For decades, its inmates were subjected to brutal medical procedures, including ice-pick lobotomies. It was shut down permanently in 1994. Viewers can join in the ghost investigation by visiting the Ghost Adventures Web site (www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Ghost_Adventures/).

House on Haunted Hill (10:30 p.m., AMC) — This 1999 remake of director William Castle’s 1959 black-and-white classic finds several strangers competing for a $1 million prize (in Castle’s day, it was $10,000) if they manage to spend the night in a haunted mansion and former insane asylum without fleeing in terror. Geoffrey Rush, Taye Diggs, Chris Kattan, Famke Janssen, Peter Gallagher and Ali Larter star.

Psycho (midnight, TCM) — Nominated for four Academy Awards, this 1960 feature still can send chills down the spine. Janet Leigh stars as Marion Crane, a woman on the run who gets mixed up with a repressed young man (Anthony Perkins). Directed by Alfred Hitchcock; with Vera Miles, John Gavin and Martin Balsam.

Saturday

The Haunting (10 a.m., TCM) — A team of psychic investigators moves into a haunted house with a violent history that destroys all who live there. Despite its lack of blood, gore and visual apparitions, the film is arguably among the most frightening films of the horror genre because of its clever camera angles, lighting, sound effects and eerie score. Watch it with the lights on. Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson and Russ Tamblyn star; Robert Wise directs. Adapted from the novel “The Haunting of Hill House,” by Shirley Jackson.

Night of the Living Dead (6 p.m. AMC) — The granddaddy of all zombie flicks, this 1968 horror tale from George Romero has become a cult classic. The plot: The radiation from a fallen satellite may have caused the recently deceased to rise from their graves and seek out the living as a source of food.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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