12/19/13: ‘Masterchef Junior’ Returning; ‘Duck Dynasty’ Drama and More

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Gordon Ramsay on 'Masterchef Junior'

Gordon Ramsay mentors tweenage cooks on ‘Masterchef Junior’ (Photo: Fox)

My favorite reality show of 2013 has officially been renewed.

Fox and ShineAmerica announced today that MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (a/k/a “Kids with Knives”) will be back on the schedule for a second season in 2014.

Open casting calls are set for January 18 in New York and Chicago and January 25 in Dallas and Los Angeles.

Wanna try out?  Visit MasterchefJuniorCasting.com

‘BIBLE THUMPERS’ WANT PHIL ROBERTSON BACK ON TV

Do you stand with Phil Robertson?

So far almost 30,000 Americans do — and they’ve gone all out to bring the outspoken star of DUCK DYNASTY back to TV.

A&E put Robertson on “indefinite hiatus” from its top-rated show after he made all sorts of homophobic comments in an interview with GQ magazine.

Now a new website has sprung up:  IStandWithPhil.com.  And 30,000 supporters have signed a petition demanding his return.

“The notion that a free-thinking American should be discriminated against simply for expressing a perspective that is in conflict with another is patently un-American and flies in the face of true tolerance and civility,” it reads in part.  “A&E’s position, which in your own words is “championing” the gay and lesbian community — which I believe you have the freedom to do — excludes the views of Faith Driven Consumers and effectively censors a legitimate viewpoint held by the majority of Americans.

AMBER PORTWOOD TO APPEAR ON DR. PHIL SHOW

Well that didn’t take long!

Amber Portwood is out of jail and back on TV — making an appearance Friday (12/19) on the DR. PHIL show

“This is actually my first time on stage sober,” she tells him.

Let’s hope this goes better for Amber than it did for Farrah Abraham!

Here’s a sneak peek:

WHAT TO WATCH TONIGHT:

X FACTOR Winner Announced (Fox, 8:00 PM)
Let’s be honest.  Jeff Gutt is a really nice guy and he can sing Aerosmith with the best of ‘em.  But is there really a parallel universe where Alex & Sierra don’t take this thing?

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE CHRISTMAS (NBC, 9:00 PM)
A compilation of fan-favorite holiday sketches from previous season.

ANGER MANAGEMENT “Charlie And The Christmas Hooker” (FX, 9:30 PM)
Haven’t seen this show in forever, but come on… the title is enough to make you set the DVR!

 

Sean Daly

Sean Daly

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