Fox TV announced today, March 7, 2013, that the “Mindy Project” and “New Girl” will be preempted on March 12 to make way for a two-hour season premiere of “Hell’s Kitchen.” This season is completely different than the prior 10 seasons. To start, “Hell’s Kitchen” will air from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Eastern time.
Change makes sense
Mark your calendars. It is two hours of hell for the contestants in the season 11 premiere. The teams are already broken down into blue and red; men and women. Instead of just showing off their signature dishes to Gordon Ramsay, the contestants are performing in front of a live audience. To add to the stress, they are competing as teams. Winners get a VIP night out on the town and the losers…well, it is not fun to lose.
Bumping the two comedy shows in favor of a longer than usual season premiere makes sense for Fox TV. Season 11 is expected to be very different than the previous seasons, so why not give viewers a double dose of hell on premiere night. Everything Gordon Ramsay does is grandiose, bumping two shows to make way for an extended season premiere fits well with his image.
What to expect
Viewers will see 20 chefs competing for a chance to win a head chef title at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Cesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. The winner will be working under executive chef Jeremy Berlin and receives a $250,000 yearly salary.
After the contestants present their signature dishes, it is off to their first dinner service. As expected, the service is a crash and burn event and someone goes home? Who will be the first chef to leave?
In case a two-hour “Hell’s Kitchen” event is not enough for you, catch a repeat of the season 10 episode, Food and Fashion Collide, this Saturday at 11:00 p.m. Eastern time on Fox.
Lynda Altman is a writer, homeschool mom, DIY enthusiast, and breast cancer survivor. She loves cooking based reality TV. It inspires her to develop recipes for her family. You can reach Lynda at the link above or contact her @fusgeyer on Twitter.