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9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits

April 15th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits
Remember what it was like when you were dedicated to one show only, you never missed an episode and hoped your favorite characters (or personalities) would get their turn in the spotlight? Well that did happen to these classic spin-offs, who found their niche in television history and rightly remain some of the most unique and diverse group of programming ever made for television.

1. "The Simpsons"

(Spun off of "The Tracey Ullman Show")

"The Simpsons" was a cartoon short utilized in the series "The Tracey Ullman Show" during its run from 1987-1990. The show took on a life of its own i...

Susan Heaton After Her 'Hell's Kitchen' Elimination

July 18th, 2013 12:15pm EDT
Hell's Kitchen
When we last talked to her in April, Susan Heaton was a contender for the Hell's Kitchen title. Last week, Chef Gordon Ramsay sent her home. Susan rejoined us earlier this week to look back on the entirety of her experience in Ramsay's kitchen, and let us know what she's been doing since the competition ended.

She has no hard feelings about her departure. "I think there is always room for improvement," she reflected. "Since it was my first time working a line, and working for Chef Ramsay, I think that in retrospect I would handle my nerves better and slow down and be more assertive with my...

Paula Deen Defends Use Of 'N-Word': Those Were Different Times

June 20th, 2013 5:03pm EDT
Paula Deen
TV cook Paula Deen caused controversy when she admitted to using the "N-word" before in a three-hour court deposition on Friday.

Deen and her brother/business partner Bubba Hiers are being sued for $1.2 million by Lisa Jackson, a former manager at their Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House restaurant in Savannah, Georgia.

Jackson maintains that the Food Network star and her brother made racial slurs and derogatory remarks about Afrian Americans and that Hiers sexually harassed her and "frequently" viewed adult websites in the office they shared.

"Yes, of course," Deen said when asked i...

'Hell's Kitchen': Anthony Rodriguez After His Elimination

June 13th, 2013 10:12am EDT
Hell's Kitchen
The men keep falling on Hell's Kitchen. Last week, the cooking competition said goodbye to 27-year-old line chef Anthony Rodriguez, despite his best efforts to hold the guys' Blue Team together. Anthony joined BFTV earlier this week to discuss what went wrong, what he learned, and where he's at now that he's out of the fire.

The New Orleans native echoed earlier comments by his teammates that the Blue Team wasn't always functioning as a team. "Our communication just wasn't there. When we were in sync, we were amazing, but we lacked that constant leading voice in the kitchen to pull us all ...

'Hell's Kitchen': Nedra Harris After Her Elimination

May 30th, 2013 10:10am EDT
Hell's Kitchen
"I do not regret anything I did," said Nedra Harris when BFTV connected with her following her departure from FOX's Hell's Kitchen. "There is a reason for everything.  This is just the start for me."

The outspoken kitchen manager from Detroit got the axe shortly after agreeing to transfer from the women's squad to the men's roster, a move that she doesn't regret. "My proudest moment was stepping up and going to the blue team," she explained, adding that her experience on the show "made me realize that with a good team, you can do anything.  You don’t always need to do it by yourself."


Mario Batali Revamps Recipes For Hellmann's 100th Anniversary (sponsored)

May 22nd, 2013 12:15pm EDT
Mario Batali
Mario Batali is back in the BFTV kitchen! The celebrity chef and co-host of ABC's daytime series The Chew rejoined us recently to impart more culinary wisdom. He's helping Hellmann's celebrate their 100th anniversary by making over some of the brand's most classic recipes, one of which he prepared for us.

Aspiring cooks can also visit Facebook to enter the "Create A Recipe with Mario" contest, where they can try mixing up one of Mario's dishes themselves - and one lucky winner will earn a trip to New York City.

While he was stopping by, Mario (pictured above with his Chew co-host and fell...

'Hell's Kitchen': Amanda Giblin After Her Elimination

May 14th, 2013 12:10pm EDT
Hell's Kitchen
After Amanda Giblin's exit from FOX's Hell's Kitchen, BFTV caught up with the 28-year-old executive chef from Orange County, New York to get her post-competition thoughts.

"I am a damn good sauté chef! I rocked the fish station every time I was put there. I am mostly proud to be associated with such a wonderful, strong group of women!" Amanda enthused, though she also told us, "I would have taken better control over the situation, not allowing myself to get so upset and frazzled."

What did she take away from her time in Hell's Kitchen? "I find as a Chef now, I’m more confident in my decis...

'Hell's Kitchen': Jacqueline Baldassari After Her Elimination

May 7th, 2013 2:38pm EDT
Hell's Kitchen
Last Tuesday, Jacqueline Baldassari became the next chef to be chopped from FOX's Hell's Kitchen, and she later joined BFTV to talk about it. "I watched the show on and off.  I anticipated craziness," said the 27-year-old roundsman from Florence, New Jersey. "It was up to me on how I was going to deal with it."

"I think I was a very creative and strong chef.  Every challenge I received a point," she continued, but added that "I would've liked to have become more comfortable faster. I was so nervous at first I couldn't think straight."

Nerves clearly didn't get in Jacqueline's way at least...

'Hell's Kitchen': Dan Ryan After His Elimination

April 30th, 2013 12:32pm EDT
Hell's Kitchen
He was the chef everyone loved to hate - now following his dismissal from Hell's Kitchen, BFTV caught up with Dan Ryan to find out if he really was that despised, and what he'll remember about his stint on the show.

First things first: Dan informed us that the vitriol audiences noticed on screen wasn't manufactured TV drama. "What you saw was definitely that accurate," he said. "There was like a gang mentality. I feel like they [the Blue Team] have a target every time. It was Jeremy [Madden], and then it was my turn, and there'll be someone else next."

Having said that, though, there are ...

'Hell's Kitchen': Jessica Lewis After Her Elimination

April 23rd, 2013 11:45am EDT
Hell's Kitchen
Jessica Lewis was the latest chef to get axed from FOX's Hell's Kitchen - and after her elimination, the chef tournant from New York connected with BFTV to chat about her experience on the popular reality show.

"I was way quiet and should have stood up more for myself," reflected Jessica, who left after difficulties on the fish station during the dinner service in last Tuesday's episode. "I owned my mistakes, put my head down and worked - and I should have made others own their mistakes too. I am too nice to be cursing people out! It's just not me!"

Although she didn't walk away with the ...