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Exclusive: Watch the ‘Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen:’ Teaser Trailer Before it Airs Tonight

Yesterday we wrote about the return of Bravo’s ‘Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen,’ the digital companion series to ‘Top Chef.’ Fan-favorite contestants that have been eliminated will compete for the opportunity to compete in the finals of ‘Top Chef.’  ’Last Chance Kitchen’ returns on December 10, but Bravo will be airing the digital series’ first teaser trailer tonight on BravoTV.com following this week’s episode of ‘Top Chef.’

But Lost Remote readers get a first look at the trailer, featured below:

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TV Everywhere Let’s You Stay Plugged In During the Holidays Anywhere You Go

TV EverywhereThe holidays are here and that means long lines at department stores, waiting at the airport for delayed flights, or sitting in the carpool lane in holiday traffic. TV Everywhere is your new best friend to help pass the time and is here to remind you that you #CouldBeWatchingTV through your smartphone, tablet or laptop anywhere you go.

Winner of Web Series ‘Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen’ Seeks Return to Linear TV

bravo_logoThe ‘Top Chef’ finale in  Mexico isn’t until January 28, 2015, but ‘Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen’ returns on December 10.

‘Last Chance Kitchen’ is the show’s digital series that pits chefs eliminated from the show against each other for the chance to return in January. This year’s prize for winning ‘Top Chef’ is $125,000 from Healthy Choice, a feature in FOOD & WINE magazine, and a showcase at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen.

Historically, fan-favorite reality show contestants would have to wait until reunion episodes or seasons to make a return, but Bravo has solved this problem by giving them a chance to re-enter the show in season. ‘Last Chance Kitchen’ would likely do well if aired on linear TV, but Bravo has the opportunity to drive viewers to bravotv.com to watch the digital-only series, which is hosted by Tom Colicchio. Read more

VH1 Web Series ‘Madonna Dearest’ Parodies Madge’s Responses to Pop Culture Questions

Last week, VH1 released a new web series, ‘Madonna Dearest,’ in which “Madonna” answers fan questions about the latest pop culture subjects. Questions are sourced via YouTube and Instagram posts with hashtag #madonnadearest.

Madonna Dearest is produced by Lamont Hicks (@ithl123, Co-Executive Producer/Editor) and Phabian Mitchell (@PhaboDidIt Co-Executive Producer) of the Legends Panel fame and Nadya Ginsburg (@nadyaginsburg Co-Executive Producer/Writer/Talent) of Madonnalogues fame.

In this week’s episode, Madge answers questions about Taylor Swift, American Horror Story, Taylor Swift, and Beyonce. New episodes are posted each Tuesday at 11am EST.

Will the series be a hit or a flop? Honestly, who cares!? No one’s complaining about two minutes of Madonna (either fake or real) each week.

Ahead of Midterm Elections, BET Debuts Digital Series ‘What’s at Stake?’

news14-wat-education-act1With the midterm elections taking place November 4, BET has debuted ‘What’s at Stake?’ a digital series (available on BET.com, VOD, and the BET app) that takes a look at the issues that are important to young African American voters. Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, a HuffPost Live and BET News host, as well as a political contributor for CNN, will host ‘What’s at Stake?’

The series will be promoted across linear and social. Each week, Dr. Hill will appear on ‘106 & Park’ – the network’s most popular show – to discuss each week’s topic. On social, #whatsatstake will be used to discuss ideas and to source topics for future episodes. Read more

Andrew W.K.’s ‘Meet the Reckers’ Looks to Shake Up Children’s Programming

Andrew-W.K.-and-the-Reckers-from-Makers-Studios-upcoming-series-MEET-ME-AT-THE-RECK_Photo-Courtesy-of-Makers-Studios-e1409752471339Andrew W.K., a.k.a ‘The King of Partying,’ is looking to rock children’s programming.

The entertainment renaissance man, in conjunction with Maker Studios, is launching this Saturday ‘Meet Me at the Reck.’ The six-part digital series follows Andrew W.K. and a group of kids (known as ‘reckers’) as they celebrate the use of imagination. Each episode will premiere on Maker.tv and will be five to seven minutes long.

The trailer for the show dubs it as “Sesame Street for the digital generation.” We asked Andrew W.K. about the comparison between the hour-long ‘Sesame Street” and the five to seven minutes long ‘Meet Me at the Reck’:

“We’d rather the people watching spend an hour getting up and going out and playing the game they just learned from our five minute show, rather than having them just watch other kids play it on a screen for an hour,” Andrew W.K. told us.  ”Long and short each have their place, but with ‘Meet Me At The Reck,’ we’re really focused on a particular project in each episode, showing the viewer how to make something, do something, build something, or play a new kind of game.  So it’s like a visual guidebook, or a living set of instructions, wrapped up in a story and demonstration.  We want kids to get up and do stuff – we want kids to play!  That’s what partying is all about.”

Andrew W.K. has hosted children’s programming before, most recently on Carton Network’s ‘Destroy Build Destroy’ – the #1 rated series in its time-slot for male audiences.

For more on his next children’s programming venture, what it’s like to work with Maker Studios, and his favorite moment on set, Lost Remote spoke with the ‘King of Partying’ himself. Read more

Report: Sony and Hulu in Talks to Revive ‘Community’ for Sixth Season

CommunityFans of the recently cancelledCommunity” might have reason to rejoice, as Sony Pictures Television is in talks with streaming service Hulu to air new episodes, TheWrap reports.

Hulu already has the digital rights to repeats on the show’s first five seasons. “Community” is also the type of series that does well on streaming sites due to its niche comedy and very strong online fan community — that doesn’t always translate to live viewership metrics still used heavily by networks to measure a show’s success.

A sixth season on Hulu would be a victory for the show’s fans, who spurred the hashtag #SixthSeasonandaMovie before the show got cancelled. As we reported, after the show was cancelled earlier this month, fans looked toward Netflix as a possible platform for its revival.

Yahoo Looking to Break Into Original Video

YahooThe web-only original programming field might have a third heavyweight joining the ranks.

Yahoo is planning on acquiring original content similar to Netflix, and more recently, Amazon, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The Journal reports the company will order four different half-hour original comedies. The initial focus on comedy might carve out a niche for Yahoo; Netflix’s top hit “House of Cards” falls in the political-thriller genre, while Amazon’s main original series, “Alpha House,” is more of a dramedy.

Yahoo’s series will reportedly cost between $700,000 to $1 million per episode. The online video plan continues CEO Marissa Mayer‘s digital push.

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‘Today’ debuts cross-platform cooking show, ‘Fresh Cooks Live’

2F5E50F78-93DC-1454-26770C4E510ACCCA‘Today’ show fans have demanded longer cooking segments, and NBC has listened.

Yesterday, the ‘Today’ show debuted ‘Fresh Cooks Live: Today’s Spring Cookalong,’ a week-long series that features self-made cooks with large internet followings. The demos will air live on TV via a picture-in-picture format while simultaneously streaming on today.com.

Carson Daly is the host of the series, and will be utilizing social media to engage with fans. ‘Today’ has asked viewers to submit cooking photos and questions using hashtag #FreshCooksLive, and via Facebook.com/TODAY, and Facebook.com/TODAYFood. Daly will be fielding questions live on Twitter, and viewer-submitted cooking photos will be integrated across Today’s coverage. Read more

During Weekend Olympics Coverage, NBC Teases Return of ‘Heroes’

heroes-reborn-2015-02232014-114356During its coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics Saturday night, NBC showed a teaser trailer for the return of ‘Heroes,’ one of the network’s most popular shows in the 2000’s.

‘Heroes Reborn’ will return in 2015 as a 13-episode mini-series. Before the premiere, NBC will leverage social media to re-engage fans of the original series and try to cull new fans. NBC.com will also launch a digital series prior to the linear TV premiere that will introduce the characters and new storylines.

While the return of ‘Heroes’ has likely been in the works for awhile, NBC must be encouraged by the social response to Fox releasing a teaser trailer during the Super Bowl for the return of ’24.’ Read more

Chipotle to launch original comedy series on Hulu

chipotleBeginning on February 17, Chipotle will launch ‘Farmed and Dangerous,’ a satirical comedy series about industrial agriculture in America. The four-episode season will stream on Hulu and Hulu plus, and will be presented in weekly installments. The New York Times first reported the story.

Unlike the short-lived ‘Cavemen,’ which aired on ABC in 2007 and starred the GEICO caveman, Chipotle branding will be noticeably absent from ‘Farmed and Dangerous.’

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