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Interview with Chef Emeril Lagasse of Hallmark Channel's “Emeril’s Table”

Chef Emeril Lagasse says there will be no more “Bam, Bam, thank you Ma’am.” The legendary chef who started out on the Food Network with “The Essence of Emeril” has created a new more mature and intimate program called “Emeril’s Table.” It will feature the chef along with a group of five people who are invited to join the table. He has inspired many cooking shows on the Food Network channel.

In a recent Q&A, Chef Lagasse was very smart and proved he knows his stuff. Talking about his background, he explained that he received his first culinary experience from his mother, Hilda. Because of this, he values having the family dinner around the table, which is where the idea for the show was derived from.

Over the years there have been dozens of cooking shows, but Chef Lagasse has managed to obtain a renowned status in the food world. He has opened restaurants and created some of the most unique shows and has one of the most used catch phrases in cooking history, “BAM!” Yes, you probably have even said it once or twice while cooking, trying to emulate Emeril. But, truth is told, there is only one Emeril Lagasse. There was a professional hired to choose who appears on the show. Chef Lagasse did not want to be in any way partial, so they hired what he calls a professional concierge of television.

“Emeril’s Table” takes on a smaller audience and will be less boisterous. He will deal with everyday issues people face when either trying to cook, or are afraid to cook. He loves to teach people how to cook, and people from all walks of life will be on the show learning from the best. Chef Lagasse will discuss different ways you can create a good meal and save money in the process. There will be grocery store demonstrations for those who do not know how to buy what is necessary to make a healthy meal. He takes on all subjects.

Chef Lagasse is incredibly excited and considers this to be the ultimate cooking lesson. He is encouraging the family presence as well. He is aware that families are very busy, but believes that there is still that bond that brings people to the family dinner table.

Over the years Chef Lagasse’s experience has made him grow. He feels this program is more mature and serious, but there will be some humor and a lot of intellectual and educational value to the program. In the current economy he wants to establish that people do not have to order food from a “window” to have a healthy meal. 

Chef Lagasse’s own family is no different. He has a lot of protein and vegetables on hand, and does try to have a food plan. He often finds himself asking his family what they would like for dinner before they even begin to have breakfast. His family does not eat fast food. Chef Lagasse would like to introduce those values to his viewers. We are often running around and so busy, we rarely have time to sit down and have a proper meal, but he wants to try his best to change that and show people that they can create a good meal for their families. 

Chef Lagasse also wants people to know that he did not “jump into the cooking show genre.” He has been in the game for a long time and has created some of the most legendary shows. He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award and has created several of his own food products available in stores. He has restaurants in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Orlando and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He was a big part in helping the green movement and advising people on healthier eating, which he continues to do on “Emeril’s Table.”

Chef Lagasse’s favorite dinner guest was the beloved Chef Julia Child. He was honored to cook for her. His love of music makes for some interesting dinner guests, including legendary singer/songwriter Billy Joel, whom Lagasse says is a true lover of food and can cook as well. He also mentioned that Sammy Hagar cooks for his family and grows his own food. Chef Lagasse believes his strong love of music is an addiction that has helped him in the cooking world. 

“Emeril’s Table” will also be “kid-friendly.” There is no reason to treat them any differently than you would treat an adult when cooking except for serving them a healthy fruit juice or water instead of the wine he serves to the adults. He has an eight-year-old son and believes the kids are the future. He thinks they should know the value of eating healthy. 

Chef Lagasse also has a new book coming out called, “Sizzling Skillets and other One-Pot Wonders” which hits shelves September 27th. The book is about the six cooking vessels people love to cook with and use every day; such as a crock pot, wok etc. He consulted with other chefs he has worked with in the past for some of the recipes.

Chef Lagasse believes if you are hosting your own version of “Emeril’s Table,” the secret is to know what people like and if they have any type of food allergies before cooking for someone. When you truly love cooking it comes through in the meal. He wants people to feel connected to show and know that it is an intellectual cooking show. 

Make sure to catch the culinary icon on the brand new daily series and be a part of “Emeril’s Table” which debuts on the Hallmark Channel’s HOME block on September 26.

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Big Brother 13, Sept. 7 – Floaters Don't Need Their Life Jackets

For the past week there hasn’t been much uncertainty over what will happen on this thirteenth season of Big Brother. Once the Head of Households have been set, it was clear who would be nominated, with the only question being if one of them would win veto to save themselves. After that, there’s no question which of the two nominees will be evicted. 

This round was no different. With Rachel as Head of Household, she was obviously going to keep her alliance safe and nominate Porsche and Kalia. The only question after this was who would win power of veto. Obviously Porsche and Kalia would take themselves off of the block if they won, and Rachel and Jordan would keep the nominations the same if they won.

However, Adam is a floater, he’s been going back and forth between the veterans and the newbies. No one, including the rest of the house, really knows which side he truly sides with. If he sides with the veterans, he leaves the nominations as is, but if he sides with the newbies, he can take one of them off, meaning Rachel would have no choice but to put Jordan up. Then the two voting would be Adam and whoever he saved. They could knock Jordan out of the game easily.

Asked why he would even entertain the thought, Adam admits it would be purely for “[bleep] and giggles.” Jordan feels she carried him all the way to the final five, so doesn’t feel he should be stabbing her in the back like that simply for the jollies of it. Of course, she felt the same about Shelly, and was stabbed in the back, so that has to be weighing on her mind.

It all definitely makes for a tense PoV ceremony. It’s a comp we’ve seen in every season, and just has a different, as well as odd, theme. It’s the comp where the houseguests hear a clue, then have to run out and find something that matches it in the yard, then bring it back up a slippery slope. This time it’s a shark who will be giving them the clues, and it’s “pies” they will be retrieving. I’m not sure how that all goes together.

Jordan is the first out, saying she feels like “such a loser.” For the second time she has been in the Big Brother house, she is being carried all the way to the finale with a strong alliance, and without the ability to win comps. Rachel is the next out out, as she realizes she needs to put all her eggs in Adam’s basket if she has any hope of keeping the nominations the same. Kalia is the next out, and she, too, feels like a “complete and utter failure.” She hides her head in her shirt and sobs. Porsche gets the next clue mixed up, leading to Adam winning the power of veto. Kalia knows she now has to put her faith in someone’s hands who hates getting dirt on his hands.

After the competition, Kalia enters the toilet area of the bathroom and continues sobbing. She knows she is the the target, and that Adam most likely won’t use the veto, because “he never makes any kind of big moves in this game.” She later approaches him selling the point that they’ve been saying “newbies no matter what til the end of the game.” She tries to explain to him that Rachel and Jordan are going to take each other to the end, but if he takes her or Porsche off the block and votes Jordan out, neither Kalia or Porsche will put him up on the block.  He’s non-committal at best, leading Kalia to admit that normally she “can sell water to a fricking well.”

While everyone is worried over what Adam really will do, there isn’t too much real doubt in any of their minds. Confirming this, he doesn’t use the PoV. He announces that his actions show he’s a man of his word, and he knows Porsche and Kalia are upset with his decisions, but “you have to respect it.” Umm, no they don’t. You’ve led a very unrespectful game and haven’t ever been a man of your word, being very wishy washy. You plan in the beginning was to pretend to be on the veterans’ side while stabbing them in the back, but once you saw that them winning continual HoHes, you decided to ride that gravy train as far as you could while still promising “newbies to the end.”

At the eviction ceremony, Porsche thanks her four fellow houseguests, knowing she’s a tough one to put up with. She also notes she enjoyed napping with Kalia, which probably isn’t what she should be pointing out right now. She tells Adam his Tori Spelling addiction is amazing, and Jordan that she’s sweet and really pure. She addresses the ups and downs she’s had with Rachel.

Kalia knows this is what’s getting her evicted, but states she’s never going to go out without a fight. She pleads with Adam to start playing like an All-Star and stop playing like a fan. She tells Jordan she is so happy to be able to be her friend, but the hardest thing was not playing with her. She asks them to vote with their hearts, saying she’s kept her word the entire game. Would people stop saying that? It is so not true. If she’d done that, she wouldn’t be giving a speech right now. She tells Porsche she loves her and to make the “Moon Palace” happen. She also tells Rachel that she can’t keep complaining about putting people out who aren’t playing the game if she keeps doing it. 

What's Hot on TV Tonight – NFL Season Kickoff

WHOTV.jpgIt’s the official kickoff to the 2011 NFL season. After a Kickoff Special hosted by the gang from Big Bang Theory, the New Orleans Saints travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers. Catch up with other favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. Live with Regis and Kelly. Salma Hayek is among the guests today. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. The Men Who Stare at Goats. Really quirky story based in truth of a reporter who lucks into finding an ex-soldier who does work for a top-secret program that trains soldier to develop psychic powers. George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, and Kevin Spacey star. 11:20 AM CT Starz

3. The Talk. The guests today include filmmakers Jules Naudet and James Hanlon, and 9/11 survivors Tanya Villanueva-Tepper, Ling Young, and Donald Young. Syndicated, check local listings.

4. Going the Distance. This love story gone wrong with real-life ex-couple Drew Barrymore and Justin Long just makes you feel like a voyeur. It’s a too real love story. 4:00 PM CT 5StarMax

5. 2011 U.S. Open Tennis. Men’s Quarterfinals and Exhibition Match from the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY. 6:00 PM CT ESPN2

6. Football Night in America: Kickoff Special. Celebrating the regular season kickoff at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. 6:30 PM CT NBC

7. College Football. Arizona at Oklahoma State. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

8. CBS Fall Preview. The Big Bang Theory stars host a look at the upcoming new shows on CBS, including 2 Broke Girls, Unforgettable, How to Be a Gentleman, Persons of Interest, and A Gifted Man. 7:30 PM CT CBS

9. NFL Football. New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers. 7:30 PM CT NBC

10. Big Brother. With Adam as Head of Household, either Jordan, Rachel, or Porsche will be evicted, and the three-part final Head of Household begins. 8:00 PM CT CBS

11. Rookie Blue. In the first hour, Gail’s uniform is stolen from her car, Chris and Dov gain clues from a drug deal gone wrong, and Andy and Sam can’t stay away from each other which endangers Swarek. In the second hour, Swarek is bend held captive by a gangster, as Andy investigates the disappearance, and a rookie becomes implicated. 8:00 PM CT ABC

12. Burn Notice. Michael gets desperate trying to clear his name, and Larry comes back with a job. 8:00 PM CT USA

13. The First 48. A 9-11 caller gets covered in a stabbing victim’s blood, and a 22-year-old man is shot. 8:00 PM CT A&E

14. The Millionaire Matchmaker. Matches are made for a down-to-earth Southern man and a phony banker. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

15. Project Runway. The designers forms teams to make their own fabric and create a cohesive collection. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

16. Suits. It’s Harvey vs. the new district attorney, and Trevor ends up on Mike’s doorstep. 9:00 PM CT USA

17. Wilfred. Ryan creates an existential crisis by ignoring Wilfred’s advice. 9:00 PM CT FX

18. Beyond Scared Straight. Oklahoma teens get pulled into the lifestyle of gangs. 9:00 PM CT truTV

19. LA Ink. An upgrade is in store for High Voltage, and while Kat is in Austin, chaos ensues at both work and home. 9:00 PM CT TLC

20. Jersey Shore. Pauly and Vinny put on a “Guideo-themed” comedy show, Ronnie and Sammi try to work everything out, and Snooki is distraught. 9:00 PM CT MTV

21. Louie. Louie has a bad time. 9:30 PM CT FX

22. Conan. Charlie Day, Jeb Corliss, and Foo Fighters are tonight’s guests. 10:00 PM CT TBS

23. Russian Dolls. Diana and Anastasia become contestants in the Brighton Beach Calendar Girl contest, and Renata becomes insecure because of her varicose veins. 10:30 PM CT Lifetime

24. Late Show with David Letterman. The guests tonight include Michael J. Fox and John Doe. 10:35 PM CT CBS

What's Hot on TV Tonight – Approaching the Finales

WHOTV.jpgTwo summertime reality shows are approaching their finales tonight. Big Brother will get down to the final four tonight, then tomorrow night will hold another eviction, leaving them with a final three. America’s Got Talent is trimming their final ten down to final four. Check out your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. Live with Regis and Kelly. The guests today are Matt Damon, LaLa Vazquez, and Carmelo Anthony. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. The Talk. Nick Cannon is among the guests today. 1:00 PM CT CBS

3. Whip It. A teenage girl growing up in a small town in Texas secretly stars training for a roller derby career, not expecting it to go as well as it does. Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore star. 2:20 PM CT 5Max

4. Rudy. Of all the underdog sports movies out there, I think this has to be one of the most inspiring. 5:00 PM CT Ion

5. MLB Baseball: Braves at Phillies. Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

6. 2011 U.S. Open Tennis. Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals from the USTA National Center in Flushing, NY. 6:00 PM CT ESPN2

7. Big Brother Find out who won power of veto and and who gets voted out. 7:00 PM CT CBS

8. Minute to Win It. A teacher and a construction worker compete tow in the big money. 7:00 PM CT NBC

9. Buried Treasure. Leigh and Leslie check out an estate owned previously by an art dealer, and an Ohio family looking for college tuition money. 7:00 PM CT Fox

10. Melissa & Joey. In the first half hour, Joe is recruited to plan on Mel’s office softball team, and Ryder asks Lennox to add Holly’s story to the school blog. In the second half hour, a property dispute ensues between Mel and Joe and a neighbor, and Lennox stars in a PSA Ryder is filming. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

11. America’s Got Talent. Il Divo and Def Lepard perform (If they did that together, it would be really interesting …), and find out which four acts will complete in the finale. 8:00 PM CT NBC

12. Ghost Hunters International. The team is scoping out a basement where inhabitants have stated they feel like they’re being watched. Britt and KJ break out the EMF reader but don’t see a lot of response. They do however start to hear things including footsteps. As they’re trying to speak to whomever or whatever is there, they sense it could be near the camera set up in a corner, and then, the thermal camera literally falls over. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

13. Saved. The stories of the Woolverton and Haskell families, who were affected by 9/11. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

14. Man v. Food Nation. The Harlem Globetrotters get training from Adam for the Squealer Challenge at Rack & Soul. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

15. Primetime Nightline. “My (Extra) Ordinary Family – Family Fat Fight. 9:00 PM CT ABC

16. Necessary Roughness. A media mogul’s empire is threatened by her lifestyle, and Dani approaches the first anniversary of her divorce. 9:00 PM CT USA

17. Rescue Me. Members of 62 truck struggle to pick up the pieces after the fire, and the new probies hear a familiar speech standing before a new leader. 9:00 PM CT FX

18. Paranormal Witness. The stories will keep you on the edge of your seat with discomfort but cringing for more, as those who experienced the encounters in real life give you a look into what it felt like to have a paranormal interaction. In the sneak peek clip below, a little girl appears to have an imaginary friend and her parents think it’s fun to play along at first, but then their daughter’s stories with her friend start to change and things are not just imaginary anymore. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

19. Top Chef: Just Desserts. The chefs are challenged to create a complex flavor within a tiny space, and create the ultimate “Dessert Delight.” 9:00 PM CT Bravo

20. Toddlers & Tiaras. Chloe will only practice with her dad, Victoria’d dad creates her customized costumes, and Brystol gets her competitiveness from her dad, a race car driver. 9:00 PM CT TLC

21. Confessions: Animal Hoarding. A woman who keeps dead cats in her freezer. 9:00 PM CT TLC

22. Dance Moms. Chloe’s on the top of Abby’s pyramid, and Cathy gets her dancers ready to compete against Abby’s team. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

23. The Challenge: Rivals. “The S… They Should Have Shown.” 9:00 PM CT MTV

24. Conan. Don Johnson, Busy Phillips, and Band of Horses are the guests tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

25. Late Show with David Letterman. The guests tonight include Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry and Sarah Jessica Parker. 10:35 PM CT CBS

What's Hot on TV Tonight – Lindsey Buckingham?

WHOTV.jpgInstead of What’s Up With That, Lindsey Buckingham will be guesting on Conan tonight. Do you think Conan will be able to fit him in? Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. 2011 U.S. Open Tennis. Women’s Quarterfinals from the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY. 6:00 PM CT ESPN2

2. It’s Worth What? Two California friends play the game. 7:00 PM CT NBC

3. Carson Nation. In the first hour, a man who is recently divorced is in need of a new look, a woman is in need of a new lease on life, and a mother who is recently more slim still needs confidences to feel beautiful. In the second hour, it’s a grandmother, a corrections office, and sister’s who dress to young for their ages. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

4. America’s Got Talent. The final ten perform, as does Michael Grimm. 8:00 PM CT NBC

5. Take the Money and Run. A Chicago couple have to hide a briefcase holding $100,000 so that local police detectives can’t find it. 8:00 PM CT ABC

6. Flipping Out. Jeff shops for a home and takes another look at Jenni and her future with the company. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

7. What Not to Wear. Heather gets help from STacy and Clinton to shed her flashy style. 8:00 PM CT TLC

8. Downsized. Todd’s son from his first marriage, Cody, comes to visit the Bruce brood for his 21st birthday. While Todd is elated, Laura is less enthusiastic, since the last time Cody lived with them it turned into a full-blown disaster. Her fears materialize as Cody smokes around asthmatic Rex, wants to shoot birds in the backyard with Levi, refuses to attend church with the family, and reveals he wants to make his “visit” more permanent! 8:00 PM CT WE

9. Combat Hospital. The women’s clinic is attacked, and it takes it’s toll. The Role 3 hospital has to deal with major losses while trying to save the life of an assailant who has been wounded. 9:00 PM CT ABC

10. Sons of Anarchy. Sam Crow gets back together with his family. He also confronts the new law enforcement and shifts his alliances . 9:00 PM CT FX

11. Born to Dance: Laurieann Gibson. The favorite male dancers of Laurieann’s are brought to the studio, and someone becomes a partner both on and off the dance floor. 9:00 PM CT BET

12. Billy the Exterminator.A hoarded house is also full of rats, and an armadillo frightens those at a golf course. 9:00 PM CT A&E

13. The Rachel Zoe Project.Rodger shops around for a larger house, while Rachel has her eyes on a new fashion line. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

14. Big Sexy. With Nikki newly single, Leslie hosts a singles party. 9:00 PM CT TLC

15. Top Shot. The teams use primitive weapons, and two compete with the most powerful weapon ever used on the show. 9:00 PM CT History

16. Picker Sisters. Tracy and Tanya struggle with their budget, and Alan tries to snag some ambitious projects. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

17. Teen Mom. Amber has to spend a night in jail, Catelynn and Tyler have an argument, Farrah thinks about moving to Florida, and Maci becomes overwhelmed. 9:00 PM CT MTV

18. Quirky. A new idea for a can opener, and a single mom has an idea for a dog accessory. 9:00 PM CT MTV

19. Conan. Jeremy Piven, Aubrey Plaza, and Lindsey Buckingham are the guests tonight. 10:00 PM CT Showtime

20. Web Therapy. Fiona’s help is requested by an Internet psychic who wants to regain her abilities. 10:00 PM CT Showtime

21. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Tonight’s guests include Wanda Sykes, Nick Swardson, and Roger Daltrey. 10:35 PM CT NBC

Project Runway 9, Episode 5 – Of Artists and Avant-Garde

Last week on Project Runway, the designers had to make an outfit that could be worn with New Balance tennis shoes, and they had to work in teams of three. Cecilia quit, thus paving the way for the return of Josh C. Josh M. acted like a prize horse’s ass throughout the episode and was downright hateful to his teammate Becky. (I apologize to anybody who owns a horse.) The judges lost their (tiny) minds and named Viktor and Josh M. the winners. Not only did they fail to pick just one winner, but they also : 1) rewarded Josh M. for his bitchery, and 2) robbed Anya, who had made the winning garment. Danielle was sent home for making yet another lousy green chiffon top.

Next morning, Anthony unsurprisingly tells us that he doesn’t like being in the bottom. Becky, whose roommates have all departed over the last few weeks, moves in with the other women. They agree it’s time for a guy to be sent home.

On the runway, Heidi tells the designers that she’s sending them “back to school.” Tim will meet them there and fill them in on the details. The designers than duly meet Tim at the Harlem School for the Arts. He explains this week’s challenge, which will involve their collaborating with some of the students. Each designer will make an avant-garde look inspired by a student’s painting. They will have two days to work on their piece.

Each designer is then randomly assigned a student, and the artists seem to range in age from eleven to seventeen. Viktor is working with Skyy, who is twelve, talkative, and opinionated. He isn’t sure he likes her. Bert proves he can get along with people after all– at least if they’re quiet teenagers like Antonio. Laura confides to Kai about her near loss of the previous week, and Kai notes, “Failure is opportunity in disguise.” Did I mention that Kai is eleven?!

After the artists finish their paintings, the designers are given the usual thirty minutes to sketch. Bert thinks Antonio’s work looks cubist, while Josh M. is wondering what he can do with a painting of a tree. He tells us he’s finding it hard to get inspired by said painting.

Then it’s off to Mood, and the designers have a budget of $300.00 Bert tells us that he finds the trips to Mood to be the most difficult aspect of the challenges. Once you’ve made your selections, you’re stuck with the results, since you can’t go back and either exchange items or replenish them. Olivier decides to buy chiffon, since he’s never worked with that before. While I agree the judges do like to see new techniques, they prefer to see techniques designers actually seem to know. There’s also more to avant-garde design than simply using a new material. Laura tells us that she considers Lady Gaga as an example of somebody who wears avant-garde attire. She also notes that avant-garde clothing is not suitable for the “real world,” and that you need a lot of fabric to make it. Josh C. finds himself wondering how he managed to spend only slightly more than half his budget. I’d guess he either didn’t buy enough material or he bought very cheap material. Either possibility could sink him.

Back at Parson’s, Viktor critiques his fellow’s purchases and assures us that at least a third of them are in trouble. Saying somebody like Kimberly is in trouble probably falls into the category of “wishful thinking,” but it seems to be true of Josh C., who had bought lots of fake fur. His art student did a dynamic painting of a leaping black wolf, so he’s going to use fur in his look.

Tim comes in to tell the designers they will have two days to make their avant-garde look. They will have until 11:00 tonight all of the next day. He then reminds everybody that they are making avant-garde pieces, not red-carpet looks.

After Tim leaves, Josh M. DR’s about how his mother had died two years ago. Bert dyes his look and tells us he hopes his pants don’t end up looking silly. He plans to have them balloon over the model’s hips, which sounds problematic at best. Women tend to prefer clothes that make them look slimmer that they really are, not fatter or heavier.

Laura, who is working with organza, asks Bert if he’d married. He answers that he’s a widower, and that his partner died after 18 years of marriage. A bit later, Bert calls his sister on a view screen. Then it’s time for everybody to go home.

The next morning, the designers get back to work. A couple of them note that Olivier seems to be falling behind. He’s a perfectionist and likes to take his time. In this show, which is basically a series of races, either trait could get him sent home.

Tim comes in, with the art students in tow. As the designers show their garments to the kids, Tim makes his rounds. He starts with Anthony, who is making a dress out of strips of colored cloth to mimic the brush strokes of his painting. He cautions Anya not to make her look too costumey, and advises Kimberly, who is using feathers in her design, not to give Michael Kors the opportunity to make a Hiawatha joke. He worries that Laura’s look may be “too pretty” and more like a prom dress than anything avant-garde. Becky has made a black dress and attached black and green cubes to it. Tim warns her that the look resembles an “arts and crafts project,” which isn’t good.

Cristian de la Fuente, Guest-Star on Syfy’s “Haven”

Cristian de la Fuente (Dancing with the Stars, In Plain Sight) recently guest-starred on the successful Syfy series “Haven,” one filled with troubles and everyday mysteries. The series is based on renowned author Stephen King’s novella “The Colorado Kid,” and is currently in production in Nova Scotia. The episode, which aired September 2nd, titled “Friend of Faux,” found Cristian causing all sorts of trouble on the series. The stars of the show include Emily Rose, Eric Balfour and Lucas Bryant, who live in the real-life puzzle that is Haven, Maine.

During a conference call, Cristian discussed his character and what the future will bring for him. In true Syfy fashion, Cristian plays Cornell, a man battling with his good and evil thoughts. The Haven question becomes if he is actually a twin or a figment of his own imagination. It is quite tricky and plays with the mind a bit. Cornell is dealing with this secret and finds that one day he wakes up and is fine and the next day evil. It has a bit of a Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde effect happening.

Cristian started acting when he was 18. He grew up in a very traditional family, and his father wanted him to become an engineer, to have a degree and a reliable job. Cristian did wind up going to college to be an engineer, then decided one day that he wanted to be an actor. He followed his dream, and as they say, “the rest is history.”

The challenges that Cristian dealt with involve him speaking a different language being a native of Chile. He started working in dramatic roles, then wanted to continue working in sitcoms. He was switching back and forth from English to Spanish. So what made Cristian decide to guest star on Haven? Cristian met the producers quite some time ago while working on another project. The producers pitched the character to him, and he was instantly ready to go. He was ready to play this character and bring on the villain.

Playing a twin became difficult because this had been something Cristian had never done before. He credits technology for making it slightly easier. It is something actors do not get to do very often unless they are working with a mirror. Cristian felt it was a great experience and was very happy to be able to have been a part of the series.

Cristian said he was able to relate to Cornell because deep down, we all have our crazy sides. Each one of us is unique and the mixture of personalities made Cornell relatable. He played the evil Cornell opposite of how he felt the good Cornell would be. It turned out to very effective for him.

Haven has become a signature Friday night show for so many viewers and Sci-Fi fans. The series takes you to all the unknown places we wonder about. Cristian feels viewers tune in every week because there is a magic to the series. Everything is surprising, and there are twists and turns that make it unpredictable. You never know what will happen next. Haven has become the go-to series that viewers rely on for the predictable happenings in life.

Cristian dished on his fellow cast member, Eric Balfour (Duke), saying he met him before, so it was nice for him not to be a complete stranger on set. He also fell in love with the chemistry the cast has. The cast made him feel like part of the family. He loved being in Nova Scotia and joked that he never ate so much lobster in his life. It reminded him of the South of Chile where he is from. It is beautiful and the people were very friendly.

With the supernatural aspect of Haven, Cristian said he never had a personal experience with the supernatural, but his wife has had a few. He would rather just believe that the supernatural exist, and in Chile there are many things that have happened, and it continues to make Cristian’s beliefs stronger.

Cristian is an adrenaline junkie. When he lived in Chile, he was a firefighter, and now is a Lieutenant in the Chilean Air Force, flying with a robotic team. He loves to water ski and participates in a lot of sports. As for the social networks, Cristian is a part of that world and believes that as an actor, it is a great way to keep in touch with people that see your work. The feedback means a lot to him, and he feels like the fans have become “virtual friends.” He is going on quite a journey and feels it is a lot of fun for him to bring his fans along for the ride.

Cristian has an amazing future ahead of him and continues to work. His next project will be for a series called “Profugos” on HBO Latin America that premiered September 4th. It was produced in Chile by his production company. He plays a politician, maybe not as mysterious as Cornell on Haven, but he is excited about it. He is also open to having a reoccurring role on Haven, always up for new things and elite challenges. Cristian enjoyed playing this character and loved being bad, even if it was just for the show, but did an amazing job.
Make sure to watch Syfy’s “Haven” series Fridays at 10PM (ET/PT)

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Big Brother 13, Sept. 4 – No Drama Left

Really all the drama that was to be had in Sunday night’s Big Brother occurred in the first ten minutes. If you caught that drama, you don’t need to watch the rest. It was all pretty much set at that point what would happen in the rest of the episode. There was no need for me to take copious notes while watching. I knew exactly what was going to happen. However, if you turned it off at that moment, you missed the exciting celebrity guest, and no, Mr. Pectacular, I’m not talking about you.

Thursday night’s episode ended with another cliffhanger in the Head of Household competition. They seem to have done that often this season. The houseguests had thirteen minutes to get as many donuts as they could on stand. They had to crawl through some goop that every single one of them complained about, land in some giant sprinkles, grab a donut off a table, then run it back to the other side again. Thursday’s episode ended after we saw Rachel take an early lead.

Rachel, the scientist, was the smart one, as she knew she should stay on her knees going throughout the goop in order to avoid getting it on her clothing. She realized it would make her heavier and slow her down. She and Adam ran a tight race, although she seemed ahead throughout most of it. Jordan and Kalia were also-rans. After watching the earlier comps from when the duos were still in place, we all knew Kalia wasn’t going to even come close to winning it, and she didn’t.

It was Rachel who won this competition, leaving no guesses as to who her nominees would be. She and Jordan have remained close throughout, so there was no way she would nominate her. She was going after the two people who have gone after her when they were HoH, Porsche and Kalia. And really, the only reason why Adam has never gone after her is because he has done nothing the whole game but ride coattails. The other reason Shelly was evicted last week over him is that she road coattails until she realized she wouldn’t win that way, then went for a big game move, one that would have worked had Porsche not opened up Pandora’s Box.

Pandora’s Box was the only other exciting moment of this episode. This was the second week in a row with an HoH getting a Pandora’s Box option. Rachel knew the consequences, that she could get something great, and the rest of the house not, just like last week, but went for it anyway. Unfortunately for her, it worked in reverse. She got something not, and the rest of the house got something great.

This was the Big Brother shopping spree, where they get a few minutes to spend amongst racks and racks of clothes and bring back all that they can wear or carry. It seems the only purpose of this is so that we can see them wearing something else other than what we’ve seen them in for the past sixty-plus days. Mostly this is great for Porsche this year, as frankly I’m tired of seeing that pink track suit, whether she wears both pieces, or pairs them with other clothing.

Rachel didn’t get to do that shopping, though. She got to go shopping and pick out Mr. Pectacular, aka as former player Jessie Godderz, swag. There were plates, cups, water bottles, t-shirts, etc. Rachel was ohso thrilled. The rest of the house got to meet a celebrity too. Tori Spelling, the subject of Adam’s fantasies, paid a visit to the house. She is very pregnant and due in a month-and-a-half, but was a good sport throughout, even telling Adam she was a fan and had been watching. Adam had just admitted to Jordan before that that his girlfriend doesn’t like it when he calls her “Donna Martin” in bed. Gee, really?

The episode ended with the dramaless nomination ceremony, where Rachel, who sometimes plays dumb, but definitely isn’t, put Porsche and Kalia on the block. Adam is probably the only person left who she would definitely win against. Jordan is already a winner, so Rachel might win over her as well in a final two. Porsche is well-liked by veterans and newbies, so I think keeping her is a risk. However, she’s a good physical player and could possibly win the first leg of the HoH. Kalia, though, is a good quiz-taker, and she could win in the final leg of the HoH, the all-important one, and is a good friend to some on the jury, mostly Dani. Rachel took the safe route, sticking with her alliance, and putting Porsche and Kalia on the block. Absolutely no one was shocked.

Everything now comes down to the veto. If Porsche or Kalia win, they will surely pull themselves off the block. However, even with Adam as a replacement, he still won’t be voted out, as Rachel would break any tie. No one else will change the nominations if they win veto. Between Kalia and Porsche, it will probably be Kalia voted out. On a special Wednesday night elimination episode, look to see either Porsche or Kalia evicted, leaving us with a final four, with another person being voted out just one night later.

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What's Hot on TV Tonight – Bachelor Pad Goes to Teams

WHOTV.jpgUsually reality shows start with teams, then dissolve into single contestants competing. Tonight on Bachelor Pads it works in reverse as the couples are grouped into teams. Catch up on other TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. 2011 U.S. Open Tennis. Men’s and Women’s Fourth Round from the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY. 11:30 AM CT CBS

2. Shrek 2. A sequel to the first that is probably just as good, and definitely better than the third. She meets his in-laws in this one, and we’re also introduced to Puss ‘n Boots (Antonio Banderas). Cameron Diaz, Mike Myers, and Eddie Murphy are back in their original roles. 1:00 PM CT TBS

3. Cocoon. A retirement community finds what amounts to be a fountain-of-youth, but it’s really aliens looking to return home. Stars Dom Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, and Brian Dennehy. 3:45 PM CT ThrillerMax

4. Bachelor Pad. The pairs reorganize into teams, and are tested on how well they know each other. 7:00 PM CT ABC

5. The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Jack gets help from Grace with his graduation speech, Ben and Adrian go out to celebrate, and Ricky’s graduation speech includes a surprise. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

6. Basketball Wives LA. Malaysia and Laura argue on a rooftop, and the others don’t approve of Tanya. 7:00 PM CT VH1

7. College Football. Miami at Maryland. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

8. Hell’s Kitchen. The final five aspiring chefs face off. 8:00 PM CT Fox

9. The Closer. Major Crimes is on the case of a stage father who has disappeared, and the Baylor family offers a settlement to Brenda. 8:00 PM CT TNT

10. American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior. Junior and Vinnie head into enemy territory to get a Black Widow bike, and Senior has frustrations after the settlement. 8:00 PM CT Discovery

11. The Lying Game. Sutton and Emma find similarities between their dreams and childhood encounters. 8:00 PM CT ABC Family

12. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Adrienne hosts a dinner party in her home. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

13. The Bad Girls Club. Angie turns on her former best friends, and Tasha and Tiara fight over a guy. 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

14. Design Star. The finalists are tasked with designing both the interior and exterior of a house. 8:00 PM CT HGTV

15. Dateline NBC. A look at the lives of children who were deeply affected by the terrorist attacks on 9/11. 9:00 PM CT NBC

16. Rizzoli & Isles. The team discovers mob connections after a young dockworker ends up dead, Jane works on sensitivity training, and Maura and Jane’s brother spend time together. 9:00 PM CT TNT

17. Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Kris makes preparations to propose to Kim, but second-guesses the idea after they get into a fight. 9:00 PM CT E!

18. Bear Swamp Recovery. PJ and family repossess a group of construction vehicles, and Pops offers an ominous tip during the family’s rigatoni night. 9:00 PM CT truTV

19. The Glades. Two brothers take hostages when Callie’s hospital is put on lockdown. 9:00 PM CT A&E

20. Most Eligible Dallas. Tara puts on a charity function, and Drew tries to get back together with an ex. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

21. Hillbilly Handfishin’. This fishing tonight include two socialites, college basketball players, and newlyweds. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

22. Hair Battle Spectacular. “My Male Model is Prettier Than Yours.” 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

Top Chef: Just Desserts 2 – Ep 2 – This One’s A Lemon

Zzzzzzzzz….er…sorry, I’ve been asleep since Wednesday when this episode aired. Goodness gracious, Just Dessserts seems to have lost its mojo rather quickly. It was as if the show’s casting directors decided to cast a chefs who were either bland, unlikable or a cartoon character. My wife had bailed midway through this episode, and the next morning asked me who won. And I had to go back and check. It was that memorable. And I got Vanarin’s name wrong, called him Tamarin. At least I kept it in the cooking family.

Really, am I wrong or was this version of Top Chef a LOT better last season? And I didn’t particularly care for the contestants last year, but it just feels dull now. I wonder if the loss of Elvis’ pompadour took the excitement from the show as well in a Samson-like phenomenon. I am worried that this is not going to change and this season is going to turn into a train wreck.

I’m going to have to make the most of it, so what I have at my disposal is the ability to spice it up with nicknames. I know, not exactly the spice of life, or even the Tamarin of life. But it’s all I have. Now, there is a nickname change. Last week, I called Craig Napoleon because I felt he resembled Napoleon Dynamite. That may have been a bit off, and rather unfair to Jon Heder’s character. He was much cooler. I think I have a better analogy for Craig.

I noticed this primarily when there are several chefs together and each of them get a turn to talk. It goes like this – Normal voice, normal voice, normal voice, CRAIG!!!! Nails on a chalkboard and just incredibly strange. I have no idea if Craig has some sorty of speech impediment or learning disability or birth defect or anything. If he does, I apologize and if informed will drop the Craig mocking. Until then, when jumped to mind during these moments was the Kristin Wiig SNL character who has baby doll hands. Craig is Baby Hands.

Also this year, we have several chefs who have awesome built-in last name nicknames. Last week, Chris Hammer was an easy nickname. Hammer. This week, I’ll add some others. First is Amanda. This cutie needs some personality, so Amanda Rockman will become Rock. And might I add, Rockman would be a great superhero, albeit a Thing ripoff. Nelson Paz? La Paz. Gotta take a world capital joke whenever you can find one. Sally Camacho? Macho. Boxing fans will understand that one . And of course, the crossover between boxing and Top Chef fans is a rather common occurance.

Anyway, the episode. Margaret Braun was the guest judge. Gail called her a Sugar Artist Extraordinaire. I would have gone with Sugar Artist Priestess, but I’ll let Gail have hers. Braun presented the Quickfire as a challenge to “reveal the secret of the lemon.” I think that’s the plot of the new Nicolas Cage movie – National Treasure: The Secret of the Lemon. The interesting things – Rebecca injured her wrist in the house and dealt with lots of pain while juicing. Matt took a chance with hazelnuts which paid off, and Orlando got smacked down for doing the crazy thought of lemon plus chocolate. Katzie made my favorite dish of the challenge by turning crepe ribbons into a fettuccine-like dish.