TV briefs: "Chopped"

The Fresno BeeJanuary 31, 2014 

Super effort: Pizza maestro Bruno DiFabio will join top chefs Amanda Freitag and Alex Guarnaschelli to preside over the first-ever pizza episode of "Chopped" to air at 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, on the Food Network and repeat at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4.

The chefs have pizza dough as a basket ingredient in every single round.

In round one of the competition, competitors take a loose interpretation of the theme: How will the judges react?

Then some unusual toppings must make their way onto the entrée pizzas.

And the finalists must make pizza for dessert, with candied mushrooms and salted caramel sauce.

Needs a good start: The series premiere of FX's "Saint George" will be 9 p.m. March 6.

The comedy follows the chaotic life of George Lopez, a recently divorced working class Mexican-American turned successful entrepreneur caught between two cultures.

He struggles to balance the parenting demands of his All-American Anglo ex-wife, Mackenzie, and the cultural expectations of his overbearing Mexican-American mother.

Here's the deal. Ten episodes have been ordered.

If the ratings for those 10 are high enough, an additional 90 episodes will be made.

Everything's Rosie: Rosie O'Donnell returns to ABC's "The View" at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7.

The appearance marks the first time O'Donnell will return to the talk show since moderating Season 10 (2006-2007).

O'Donnell currently is guest-starring on ABC Family's series "The Fosters" as Rita Henricks, a tough yet compassionate woman who works in the foster care system and is a mentor to a member of the Foster family. 

O'Donnell's first appearance on January 20 helped "The Fosters" to garner a series high in total viewers.

"The View" features hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy.


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