TV News – American Gladiators, Top Chef Holiday Special, FOX Friday Lineup Switchup, Last Call with Carson Daly Back, Fringe Pilot Director Set

Zap2It is reporting that NBC has set the remake of American Gladiators on Sunday nights beginning on January 6th. Originally NBC slated Law & Order, Medium & the new Lipstick Jungle, so it’s up in the air right now as to what will be moved to make room for American Gladiators. More info here: Zap2It

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On December 6th at 9/8c, fan favorites from previous seasons of Bravo’s Top Chef return for an all new Holiday Special. From Season One: Stephen Asprinio & Tiffani Faison. From Season Two: Betty Fraser, Marcel Vigneron & Josie Smith-Malave. From Season 3: Chris “CJ” Jacobson, “Tre” Wilcox & Sandee Birdsong. They will compete for a $20,000 prize. According to The Futon Critic, “Alfred Portale (Chef at New York’s Gotham Bar and Grill), Eric Ripert (Executive Chef at Le Bernardin in New York), Alan Wong (chef and restaurateur, Hawaii Regional Cuisine), Elizabeth Falkner (Executive Pastry Chef and owner of Citizen Cake in San Francisco) and Norman Van Aken (Owner of Norman’s Restaurant in Miami/Orlando) join the judges’ table alongside host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, and judges Ted Allen and Gail Simmons.” The Futon Critic #1

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Starting December 7th, Fox will switch up Don’t Forget the Lyrics & The Next Great American Band in the Friday night lineup, putting the first at 8/7c. The switch will only last until December 21st. More info here: The Futon Critic #2

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The first late-night talk show to re-enter production since the strike began will be Last Call With Carson Daly. The new episodes will be produced this week for airing next week on NBC. More info here: Lambsilencer’s TV News #1

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Alex Graves, executive producer & director on Journeyman, has been called to direct the new 2-hour FOX pilot from JJ Abrams called Fringe. The show “revolves around paranormal mysteries, as seen through the eyes of a crazy research scientist, his estranged son and a female FBI agent.” More info here: Variety.com

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