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‘Ace of Cakes’ Chef Duff Goldman Gets A ‘Sugar Rush’

When "Ace of Cakes" chef Duff Goldman talks about most things he lights up, but none so much as when asked about food. Speakeasy sat down with the chef at his Chelsea hotel in Manhattan to talk about his forthcoming Food Network show, "Sugar High." In his new show which premieres tonight, Goldman travels the country, mostly on his motorcycle, sometimes in wrinkled clothes straight out of his backpack. He visits cooks who make sweet treats, learning their trade and sampling their goodies. While there are a lot of travel shows and sweets shows out there, Goldman said his program, "Sugar High," will be different because of what he brings to the table: Food is fun and he has a special way of conveying that to the viewer. Read More... //

Countdown to Ace of Cakes' Sweet Finale

Mark your calendars, Ace of Cakes fans, because there are only five episodes left before the February 20 series finale. The Charm City Cakes head honcho, Chef Duff Goldman, gives a taste of what to expect. Betty White "She is one amazing lady," says Goldman of the former Golden Girl, who shows up tonight (10/9c, Food Network) when the Baltimore bakeshop whips up a treat for her favorite animal charity. Read More… //

Food Network: Ace of Cakes Will End Next Year

Food Network reality series Ace of Cakes will air its final season next year, the cable channel announced Friday. "All good things must come to an end, and the final season of Ace of Cakes will begin on-air in January," Food Network General Manger Bob Tuschman said in a statement. The upcoming season will be the show's tenth and will reportedly feature the construction of a large-scale Delorean time machine cake created especially for a Back to the Future 25th anniversary event. Ace of Cakes, which follows the daily operations and large-scale cake creations of Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, MD, premiered on the network in 2006. The series was one of the first docu-soap reality projects on the Food Network and paved the way for other non-studio-based series. Food Network is hoping to continue its relationship with Ace of Cakes cake master, shop owner and fan favorite Duff Goldman. "Food Network, as well as its millions of viewers, remain passionate about Duff, so we are currently in the process of developing new show concepts for him," Tuschman said. Are you sad Ace of Cakes is ending? Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 - Featured

* Winter Olympics (8/7c NBC) Yevgeny Plushenko has come out of retirement to defend his 2006 figure-skating gold medal, but with strong performances from World Champion Evan Lysacek and two-time U.S. winner Jeremy Abbott, the U.S. has a shot to win for the first time in 22 years. Abbott has come on like gangbusters since changing coaches to Yuka Sato in 2009: "It's been very difficult, but I needed the change," he says. "I grew up and took control." The U.S. women have taken control of snowboarding's halfpipe event, having claimed the last two gold medals in the Games. Winners Kelly Clark (2002) and Hannah Teter (2006) are joined by 2006 silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler as repeat contenders from Torino. The Canadians could also be making some noise this evening, with Christine Nesbitt the favorite in women's speed skating's 1,000-meter final. And if you're watching the Olympics to see events you don't see much of anywhere else, skeleton competition begins late tonight. * Grey's Anatomy (9/8c ABC) You can't call the chief (ex-chief, these days) a hot doc, but 30 or so years ago he and Ellis no doubt mixed work and play much the same way that our gang does today. And tonight we'll see a younger Richard (J. August Richards) hard at work with a patient whose strange disease would come be known as AIDS. His collaborator? You guessed it. (Sarah Paulson plays Ellis.) In more recent flashbacks, Callie looks back on a polio case and Bailey recalls her rivalry with another resident (Missi Pyle). * Reporter (9:30/8:30c HBO ) Journalist Nicholas Kristof has used his influential space on the New York Times op-ed page to highlight human-rights atrocities in Sudan and around the world. But if a picture is worth a thousand words, this 2009 documentary may say infinitely more than his column ever could. The film, a Grand Jury Prize nominee at Sundance, follows Kristof's 2007 trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he tries to raise global concern for a horrific humanitarian crisis caused by years of civil war. * Project Runway (10/9c Lifetime Television ) It was all covered last week in a challenge that came with a fierce, unprecedented prize. The winner's garb would grace the cover of a high-profile fashion magazine. It was a sweet cover song for gleeful victor Anthony, but Anna hit fashion sour notes and was booted from the contest. This all leads to some child's play in tonight's challenge, in which children play a large fashion role. * Ace of Cakes (10/9c Food Network ) Charm City Cakes usually requires customers to order their confections months (or even years) in advance. But if there's one person you're going to bend the rules for, it's Oprah. So when the Big O calls requesting a last-minute order to be delivered to her TV set in Chicago, Duff and Co. get on it, despite a workload that's already full. Meanwhile, crew members are treated to a performance by the folk-rock trio the Avett Brothers, who stop by the bakery during a tour stop in Baltimore. Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009 - Featured

* Vampire Diaries (8/7c The CW ) Kevin Williamson, the creator of Dawson's Creek and the Scream fright flicks, combines two of his favorite things - teens and horror - in his promising adaptation of the pre-Twilight young-adult book series that nevertheless owes its TV existence to Twilight's mega-success. In tonight's predictable but polished opener, Stefan (Paul Wesley), a centuries-old vampire who doesn't look a day over 19 and refuses to drink human blood, returns to his Virginia hometown to pursue a high-school student (Nina Dobrev) who reminds him of a long-lost love. Of course, Stefan's evil brother (Ian Somerhalder) shows up to complicate things. * NFL Opening Kickoff 2009 (8/7c NBC) This year's sixth annual salute to the Super Bowl-winning team features three-time Grammy winners Tim McGraw and the Black Eyed Peas performing in a free concert in Pittsburgh, hosted by Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers. Don't expect to see much of any of them the show's only a half hour. Pro-football fans will want to stay tuned for the main event at 8:30 pm/ET as real honest-to-goodness NFL games get underway, with the Pittsburgh Steelers hosting the Tennessee Titans. * Big Brother 11 (8/7c CBS) Who will be the two finalists who will compete for jury votes on Tuesday and the $500,000 grand prize? The last Head of Household competition will go a long way in determining which of the three remaining houseguests will be evicted later tonight. It's certainly the most important showdown of the season. * Supernatural (9/8c The CW ) All hell breaks loose - literally - as the fifth season of the supernatural thriller begins. Fans will recall from last season's finale that Lilith's death broke the 66th and last remaining seal that kept Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) confined to hell. Now he is free to roam the Earth and cause destruction at will. Looks like Sam and Dean have their work cut out for them this year. * Project Runway (10/9c Lifetime Television ) Our threaders made waves in the previous episode when they took a fashion field trip to the shores of California and designed fun surf wear, complete with an avant-garde companion piece. Cool Ra'Mon rode the wave to a win, but life was a beach for wipeout victim Mitchell. With the Season 6 needling already spiking (Epperson vs. Qristyl), we move onward. Thirteen is the lucky number when the group is slated to create clothes for 13 folks of the fairer sex tonight. * Ace of Cakes (10/9c Food Network ) When NFL superstar Tom Brady needs a cake, Duff and Co. get busy. They create a confection for the Best Buddies International gala, which will be hosted by the Patriots quarterback. Meanwhile, Ben works on an elaborate robot cake inspired by Doctor Who. Later, the Charm City Cakes crew takes to the paintball field to settle some bakery grievances, and Duff and Mary Alice make their long-awaited stage debut. Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 - Featured

* Project Runway (10/9c Lifetime Television ) The catwalks, catfights and catcalls finally return when the wardrobe-themed reality hit launches its sixth season. The off-season wasn't seamless, however: The show jumped networks and landed on Lifetime after a lengthy and public legal row. All that aside, it's now time for fashion fun with a full night of Runway programming. (Project Runway: All-Star Challenge airs at 8/7c; Models of the Runway airs at 11/10c.) Los Angeles is the new setting for Season 6 when 16 fresh clothiers compete in the usual fierce fashion-themed heats, designing their ware at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Series staples Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn return, as do judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia. Ace of Cakes (10/9c Food Network ) Duff, Geof and Mary Alice take a bite out of the Big Apple when they head there to deliver a cake replica of the new Yankee Stadium. Re-creating the complex structure is a challenge, and transporting it from Baltimore to the Bronx is definitely no piece of cake. But the crew's hard work pays off when they're invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of the ballpark. Back at the bakery, staffers work a unique bass-guitar cake for the Philadelphia Mummers. * Models of the Runway (11/10c Lifetime Television ) Tonight's three-show thread of Runway programming continues with the series premiere of this behind-the-scenes (behind-the-seams?) look at the models who chicly sport the judged garb in Project Runway. The companion piece introduces the 16 pert and sightly models, who hail from such lands as Singapore, Ireland, Israel, Japan and Venezuela. It's a clash for cash and a fashion spread when the lady posers try to make it work on the catwalk while eluding elimination. * SportsCenter Fantasy Draft Special (7/6c ESPN) Move over, baseball. The new national pastime gets underway over the next few weeks (as work production suffers) when fantasy football drafts take place for countless millions of faux general managers. If you're truly lost and haven't read a single page of the NFL preview mags, this one-hour primer could save you some embarrassment. The ESPN experts, featuring full-time fantasy geeks and actual former players, are ready with suggestions on first-round selections; where to take the first tight end, kicker and defense; and whether or not Michael Vick's name should be called out at any draft. * Grey's Anatomy (9/8c ABC) This repeat from October helped us get to know the new (Mc) kid on the block: just-hired trauma-surgery chief Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), the former Army doc who got steamy with Cristina in the Season 5 opener. Owen's brash manner might have turned Cristina on, but it causes steam to rise from the ears of attendings and residents alike. Meanwhile, the chief gives Bailey new powers and a daunting assignment to go with them: operate on a girl's inoperable tumor. Source Here