Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009 - Featured

* Top Chef: Las Vegas (10/9c Bravo)


The gourmets hammed it up last week, taking on pork-themed food and pairing it with vintage wine. But this was dining and whining, as catty dustups revolved around Robin and later the Voltaggio brothers, who are taking sibling rivalry to new heights. We now advance to tonight's supersize event (drum roll): the Restaurant Wars challenge. Here, the cooks must manage all matters of a restaurant, including serving, cooking and hosting. Top Chef Masters player Rick Moonen serves as the guest judge.


* The New Adventures of Old Christine (8/7c CBS)


Christine fills in as Matthew's receptionist and meets a handsome therapist (Eric McCormack) who shares the office space. Sparks fly, but neither one is certain whether to pursue therapy or romance. Considering this is Christine we're talking about, therapy might just be what the doctor ordered. It certainly wouldn't be a bad place to start.


* America's Next Top Model (8/7c The CW)


Models not only must be physically striking but they must also be engaging in conversation, as the seven remaining ladies discover when they visit the set of The Insider entertainment magazine, where they meet 90210 star Jessica Lowndes and interview her. The lucky seven also sharpen their writing skills after they learn they must pen their own scripts for a cosmetics commercial. Kim Kardashian is this week's guest judge.


* Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (9/8c NBC)


ADA Alex Cabot makes her first appearance of the season this week, and she by no means gets to ease back into things when a child-rape case lands on her desk. The detectives deliver her a solid prime suspect, but he offers up a twist when he suggests a deal: In exchange for amnesty, he'll give up the leader of a large civil-rights group that supports child-adult sexual relationships. Rosie Perez guest starts as the mother of the little boy who was sexually assaulted.


* Nip/Tuck (10/9c FX)


The boys aren't broke, but they are hurting financially, and they show it in different ways tonight. Christian has a business proposition for Kimber that involves selling himself (in one aspect, anyhow). And as for Sean, money woes are high on the list of things keeping him awake, as you might recall from last week's episode, which ended as he was overdosing on sleeping pills. He survives (no surprise there), but the incident certainly rattles Teddy (Rose McGowan).


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