MODESTO -- Well, this is a bummer.
While season 5 of "The Rachel Zoe Project" soon will return to the Bravo TV network, it turns out that Modesto native Jeremiah Brent will not return with it.
A contact at NBC Universal (Bravo's parent company) confirmed in an e-mail that Brent who got a lot of love from fans after his appearance on season 4 will not be back with "Zoe" for its March 6 debut.
I was surprised, to be honest. When last we heard from Brent, he had been tapped by Hollywood stylist and fashion maven Zoe to spearhead her home design and interiors ventures.
In the last season of her reality show, Zoe launched her own clothing line and her own progeny, giving birth to her first child. She and her husband also fired Brent, then poignantly rehired him in the season finale much to the delight of fans who clearly found the Modesto High School graduate adorable.
He really was adorable on the show. Not to mention crazy talented at interior design and décor.
But hold the tears for young Brent. A quick Internet search suggests life is good. Web rumors say his design business is in full swing, and that his personal life isn't bad either: According to blog reports, Brent is dating TV personality and interior designer Nate Berkus.
We'll attempt to make contact with Brent down the line for confirmation on all those Web rumors.
Along those lines, another Modesto native is about to crash the reality TV scene, this time on the popular competition show "The Amazing Race."
A Davis High grad takes a shot at the big prize when "Race" returns to CBS on Sunday. Meghan Camarena teams with friend Joey Graceffa to compete. Both now live in Los Angeles.
I've only caught this show sporadically, but always enjoyed it. With a local in the cast, "The Amazing Race" finally will make it to my DVR. Look for a full story on Camarena in this weekend's Bee.
Keeping our reality TV theme, here's some great news: According to a press release, "Top Chef" will return for season 11. (Now we do our happy dance.)
Not that there was much concern that the popular Bravo TV competition/reality show wouldn't return after the currently airing season 10 ends, but it's nice to know it's set in stone. The press release announced casting calls that are set for the next few weeks across the country.
Not for nothing, but any local chefs who want to try out can do that in couple of weeks. According to the press release, open calls are going on now and will hit California on March 1.
"Top Chef" season 11 casting will be at The Foundry on Melrose in Los Angeles on March 1 from 10 a.m. to noon. The Foundry is owned by executive chef Eric Greenspan, himself no stranger to the reality/competition game, having twice been a contestant on another of my favorite shows, "The Next Iron Chef."
With more than a couple of top-notch restaurants in the Modesto region, surely a few local chefs will want to make the trip south and take their own shot at "Top Chef" glory, yes? It isn't unprecedented, after all; we already have two former locals among the show's contestant alumni. Chefs can find more on at www.bravotv.com/casting. Let us know if you make the cut. Or even get inside for a shot.
Meanwhile, franchise offshoot "Top Chef Masters" is being filmed in L.A. as we speak, if you believe the aforementioned Web rumor mill. The show pits established, celebrity chefs against one another to compete for prize money for their favorite charities.
No word on when season 5 of "Masters" will debut. But the current season of flagship "Top Chef" is set to end later this month, leaving this haunting question: What oh, what?! will we do when the current season is done but the new "Masters" hasn't yet started?
Oh, wait. We'll fall in love with "The Amazing Race," of course.
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