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'MasterChef' judge Joe Bastianich to exit

MasterChef and MasterChef Junior judge Joe Bastianich is moving on.

EW has confirmed that Bastianich is exiting the franchise after MasterChef Junior‘s third season. Producers are still searching for someone to replace him alongside returning judges Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot.

“Joe has played an integral role in the success of both MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, and we all appreciate his incredible culinary insight, sense of humor and passion,” Fox said in a joint statement with producers Shine America and One Potato Two Potato. “He will always remain a member of the Masterchef family.”

'MasterChef Junior' exclusive: Champion Alexander Weiss on his return to the kitchen

After winning the first season of MasterChef Junior, Alexander Weiss has taken his culinary skills around the world—he’s done everything from cook for the British consulate to appear on the Fox reality competition’s Indonesian adaptation. Now the native New Yorker finds himself on more familiar ground as he returns to the MasterChef kitchen on Monday’s episode, alongside season 4 winner Luca Manfé. Watch an exclusive clip of the top 16 contestants meeting their guest judges for the first time: READ FULL STORY

'MasterChef' mash-up: 'Glee' invades cooking competition -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

This week on MasterChef, the kitchen gets a musical makeover as the contestants are challenged to cook a meal for the cast of Glee.

To get into the spirit of Wednesday’s mash-up episode — which no doubt came from Mr. Schue writing a single word on the white board and then circling it for effect — the judges of MasterChef (Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich) got decked out in their finest McKinley High getups and sidled up to Jane Lynch’s Sue Sylvester in this exclusive photo.
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DGA Awards TV noms include Lena Dunham, Louis C.K, and Bryan Cranston

Today, the Directors Guild of America announced its nominees for TV and commercials. Some of the shows involved are predictable (Homeland, Mad Men, Louie, Girls), while others aren’t (check out that Reality category!). The list:

Dramatic Series:
Michael Cuesta, Showtime’s Homeland, “The Choice”
Jennifer Getzinger, AMC’s Mad Men, “A Little Kiss”
Lesli Linka Glatter, Showtime’s Homeland, “Q&A”
Rian Johnson, AMC’s Breaking Bad, “Fifty-One”
Greg Mottola, HBO’s The Newsroom, “We Just Decided To”

Comedy Series:
Louis C.K., FX’s Louie, “New Year’s Eve”
Mark Cendrowski, CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, “The Date Night Variable”
Bryan Cranston, ABC’s Modern Family, “Election Day”
Lena Dunham, HBO’s Girls, “Pilot”
Beth McCarthy-Miller, NBC’s 30 Rock, “Live from Studio 8H” READ FULL STORY

'MasterChef' renewed for fourth season

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You had to know this was coming: Fox is ordering a fourth season of MasterChef.

The cooking competition has performed very solidly this summer, often outdrawing its veteran lead-in Hell’s Kitchen and posting a 8 percent increase from last year’s numbers. Fans of the show may have noticed that the production was a step up this year; with a more elaborate set and showing more “behind-the-scenes” style interactions among the contestants.

“Gordon and the producers really took MasterChef to a whole new level this year,” said Fox’s president of alternative Mike Darnell.

PREVIOUS: MasterChef sensation Christine Ha, totally awesome, not totally blind

'MasterChef' sensation Christine Ha: Totally awesome, not totally blind

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If you’ve been watching Fox’s MasterChef, you know the breakout star of the season is contestant Christine Ha, the modest Vietnamese-American cook who’s been turning out stunning dishes despite being legally blind. She’s the first-ever sightless contestant in a cooking competition series and has been a fan favorite since the third season premiered. This week’s episodes have concluded with Christine — who navigates the kitchen with the help of a cane and a sighted assistant — overcoming great obstacles to beat out rivals, complete with heart-tugging music, Gordon Ramsay’s effusive praise, and tearful applause from the other contestants.

It’s been emotional TV, and we’ve gotten misty-eyed too. But given Christine’s ability to create perfect-looking meals using surprise ingredients against a ticking clock, we had to ask: How blind is she? While we never doubted Christine’s sincerity, the show hasn’t specified the extent of her condition, which could in theory range from not being able to discern objects to not being able to tell if it’s day or night.

Fox put Christine on the phone to set the record straight. It turns out her vision loss is severe enough to make MasterChef an almost impossible challenge. She’s just not, as some viewers assume from watching the show, 100 percent blind.  READ FULL STORY

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