Reality Check: Hines Ward goes from dance floor and football field to kitchen


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So Hines Ward thinks he can cook?

One-time "Dancing With the Stars" champ and former Steelers receiver Mr. Ward has been spending his fall in a new gig: working with the NBC Sports NFL broadcast team. But he found time to compete in another reality show, Season 2 of Food Network's "Rachel vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off."

The program debuts Jan. 9.

Chefs Rachel Ray and Guy Fieri coach eight celebrities competing in a six-episode arc. Mr. Ward is on Team Rachel, with Gilbert Gottfried, Kathy Najimy and Carnie Wilson. Team Guy includes Cornelia Guest, Dean McDermott, Chilli and Johnny Weir.

Last cook standing wins $50,000 for the charity of his/her choice.

Miller still in 'Ink'

It was a tough week for the tattoo artists on "Ink Master" (Spike TV, Tuesdays), with almost everyone struggling with the detail and balance of Japanese style. New School expert Jesse Smith put aside his love of buck teeth and googly eyes to win the challenge, but the judges were pretty hard on everyone else.

Although the human canvas assigned to Pittsburgh's Sarah Miller insisted on a tattoo that was not strictly Japanese style, it did draw on a story involving a father returning from Japan with a doll. The panel deemed her design a bit fussy in the background, and judge Chris Nunez warned her to tone down her passionate responses to their critiques -- "That last psychosis was insane" -- but Ms. Miller was safe to tattoo another day.

Not so for Clint Cummings who was sent packing after sweating over his first Japanese tattoo.

Ms. Miller and guest host Mr. Smith will be at Cavo in the Strip District for an 8 p.m. Dec. 11 viewing party and event. There will be a "living art" tattoo show, a $500 Art Institute of Pittsburgh scholarship giveaway and broadcast of the program.

Barnabus Bailey, host of independent film series "The Greatest Show Unearthed," will emcee.

'Dance Moms' at casino

Here's one way to ring in the new reality year. The Rivers Casino will host a Jan. 1 red carpet event featuring a screening of the Season 3 debut of Lifetime's "Dance Moms."

The often-teary trials and tribulations of Penn Hills' Abby Lee Dance Company have been a television ratings boon as owner/coach Abby Lee Miller and her performance team travel the country. Catfighting among the girls' moms and Abby, and among the moms themselves, often ensues.

On hand for the Rivers Casino event will be Ms. Miller as well as moms Melissa Gisoni, Kelly Hyland, Holly Hatcher-Frazier, Christi Lukasiak and Jill Vertes. There will be a welcome reception, meet-and-greet, dinner and large screen viewing of the first new episode. A Q&A panel follows.

Tickets will not be sold. Instead, as part of a promotion, Rivers Casino Rush Rewards members are eligible to win one of the 300 invitations by swiping their cards at Rivers kiosks Mondays this month, beginning next week.

For more information, go to www.RiversCasino.com/pittsburgh.

Season 3's 90-minute program at 9 p.m. will be preceded by "Dance Moms Special: The Smoke Before the Fire." The title doesn't really make a whole lot of sense; just go with it.

So Hines Ward thinks he can cook?

One-time "Dancing With the Stars" champ and former Steelers receiver Mr. Ward has been spending his fall in a new gig: working with the NBC Sports NFL broadcast team. But he found time to compete in another reality show, Season 2 of Food Network's "Rachel vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off."

The program debuts Jan. 9.

Chefs Rachel Ray and Guy Fieri coach eight celebrities competing in a six-episode arc. Mr. Ward is on Team Rachel, with Gilbert Gottfried, Kathy Najimy and Carnie Wilson. Team Guy includes Cornelia Guest, Dean McDermott, Chilli and Johnny Weir.

Last cook standing wins $50,000 for the charity of his/her choice.

Miller still in 'Ink'

It was a tough week for the tattoo artists on "Ink Master" (Spike TV, Tuesdays), with almost everyone struggling with the detail and balance of Japanese style. New School expert Jesse Smith put aside his love of buck teeth and googly eyes to win the challenge, but the judges were pretty hard on everyone else.

Although the human canvas assigned to Pittsburgh's Sarah Miller insisted on a tattoo that was not strictly Japanese style, it did draw on a story involving a father returning from Japan with a doll. The panel deemed her design a bit fussy in the background, and judge Chris Nunez warned her to tone down her passionate responses to their critiques -- "That last psychosis was insane" -- but Ms. Miller was safe to tattoo another day.

Not so for Clint Cummings, who was sent packing after sweating over his first Japanese tattoo.

Ms. Miller and guest host Mr. Smith will be at Cavo in the Strip District for an 8 p.m. Dec. 11 viewing party and event. There will be a "living art" tattoo show, a $500 Art Institute of Pittsburgh scholarship giveaway and broadcast of the program.

Barnabus Bailey, host of independent film series "The Greatest Show Unearthed," will emcee.

'Dance Moms' at casino

Here's one way to ring in the new reality year. The Rivers Casino will host a Jan. 1 red carpet event featuring a screening of the Season 3 debut of Lifetime's "Dance Moms."

The often-teary trials and tribulations of Penn Hills' Abby Lee Dance Company have been a television ratings boon as owner/coach Abby Lee Miller and her performance team travel the country. Catfighting among the girls' moms and Abby, and among the moms themselves, often ensues.

On hand for the Rivers Casino event will be Ms. Miller as well as moms Melissa Gisoni, Kelly Hyland, Holly Hatcher-Frazier, Christi Lukasiak and Jill Vertes. There will be a welcome reception, meet-and-greet, dinner and large screen viewing of the first new episode. A Q&A panel follows.

Tickets will not be sold. Instead, as part of a promotion, Rivers Casino Rush Rewards members are eligible to win one of the 300 invitations by swiping their cards at Rivers kiosks Mondays this month, beginning next week.

For more information, go to www.RiversCasino.com/pittsburgh.

Season 3's 90-minute program at 9 p.m. will be preceded by "Dance Moms Special: The Smoke Before the Fire." The title doesn't really make a whole lot of sense; just go with it.

Maria Sciullo: msciullo@post-

tvradio

Maria Sciullo: msciullo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG.


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