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'Top Chef' All-Stars

Tonight, Bravo extends its "Top Chef" (Bravo, 10 p.m.) line with "Top Chef Masters," in which 24 world-famous chefs face off within the show's format. (The prize money this time goes to charity).



Of course, of all the reality shows Bravo and other networks do, "Top Chef" is the one I understand the least -- after all, the viewer can't actually taste what is being prepared, which I'd think is sort of the whole point of it all.



Still, it could lead to some other interesting all-star type shows with "Top Design" or even "Project Runway," which has since moved to Lifetime.



I believe fans of the series will enjoy seeing big-name chefs compete under the same conditions as regular contestants.



SAG MAKES IT OFFICIAL: In one of the least surprising news pieces of the day, the Screen Actors Guild approved a new contract with the studios, ending any possibility of a work stoppage. That was pretty unlikely anyway, but it's nice to see it all official.



ABC ANNOUNCES PREMIERES: TVGuide.com released the fall premiere dates of nearly all of ABC's schedule.



Saturday, September 5

8 pm/ET Saturday Night Football 

Friday, September 11

10 pm 20/20 

Monday, September 21

8 pm Dancing with the Stars

10 pm Castle  

Tuesday, September 22

10 pm The Forgotten 

Wednesday, September 23

8 pm Dancing with the Stars results show (to normally air Tuesdays at 9)

9 pm Modern Family

9:30 pm Cougar Town  

Thursday, September 24

8 pm FlashForward

9 pm Grey's Anatomy 

Sunday, September 27

7 pm Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

9 pm Desperate Housewives 

Tuesday, September 29

8 pm Shark Tank  

Wednesday, September 30

8 pm Hank

8:30 pm The Middle  

Sunday, October 4

7 pm America's Funniest Home Videos 

Friday, October 9

8 pm Ugly Betty 

Friday, October 16

8 pm Supernanny 



WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: Not much new stuff tonight, although there is "The Unusuals" (ABC, 10 p.m.), following two hours of "Wipeout." I kind of wish "The Unusuals" had survived to be listed above, but alas, yet another ABC show killed before its time.



"So You Think You Can Dance" (Fox, 8 p.m.) is also new.



Finally, if you missed it the first time around, TNT's very fun series, "Leverage" is being rerun once more with the pilot episode tonight at 10 p.m. The stylish series, with Timothy Hutton as a modern day, high tech Robin Hood leading a witty bunch of Merry Men (and Women), returns in July, so now is the perfect chance to catch up.

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