May 23, 2014

TV briefs: 'Food Network Star'

Taste of success: The season opener for the next edition of "Food Network Star" will be 9 p.m. June 1.

Taste of success: The season opener for the next edition of "Food Network Star" will be 9 p.m. June 1.

The contestants are welcomed to Los Angeles for their Star-making journey by Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay, who invite the cast to their own red carpet premiere party that very night at a Hollywood studio backlot. Each finalist must present themselves to a select group of tastemakers, including E! personality Ross Mathews, and prepare their most impressive party bite for the challenge judges.

This is the 10th season for the cable competition show.

Wild in the streets: Between ESPN, ESPN3 and ABC, there will 27.5 hours of live HD coverage of "X Games Austin" starting June 5.

ESPN and ABC will feature 20 hours of coverage, with an additional 7.5 hours exclusive to ESPN3. Additionally, ESPN will deliver four hours of anthology programming on June 15 featuring the best content from "X Games Austin."

Outside the United States, the event will be seen in more than 200 countries and territories to more than 285 million homes, including telecasts in Africa, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Israel, Mexico, Middle East, New Zealand and South America.

Magical: The second season of Lifetime's "Witches of East End" starts at 9 p.m. July 6. It features an ensemble cast headlined by Emmy Award-winner Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Rachel Boston, Mädchen Amick, Eric Winter and Daniel DiTomasso. Christian Cooke joins the cast as a new series regular this season.

Based on Melissa de la Cruz's New York Times best-selling novel, the series centers on the Beauchamp family, where in season one sisters Freya (Dewan Tatum) and Ingrid (Boston) discovered they are witches with ancient magical powers. With the help of their mother, Joanna (Ormond), and aunt, Wendy (Amick), they learned how to cultivate their craft and work together to defeat unearthly enemies seeking revenge on their family, while keeping their abilities a secret from the town.


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