Ox Notes: June 16, 2008

Top Chef: Chicago winner Stephanie Izard has been besieged by interviewers since her victory. MSN, People, and the Chicago Tribune all interviewed the chef. The Trib also posted video of an online chat they did with Stephanie, who told the A.V. Club that contestants kill time in the "stew room" while the judges deliberate by "playing with the Gladware."

Fox has signed Jason Bateman to a one-year TV development deal.

Gossip Girl‘s Jenny Humphrey character may get her own spin-off series.

Mel B’s skimpy outfits on Dancing with the Stars no doubt prepared her for her new career as an underwear model.

NBC has moved up the premiere of its poorly cast Celebrity Family Feud to June 24 at 9 ET, putting it up against the debut of one of my most highly anticipated summer series, I Survived a Japanese Game Show. Raven-Symone versus Wayne Newton, or a game called "Chicken Butt Scramble" — the choice is obvious.

I Survived a Japanese Game Show should benefit from a lead in by another new game show premiering that night called Wipeout. If you’ve watched anything on ABC in the last month, you’ve probably seen the promos with contestants jumping onto giant red balls and falling helplessly into the mud. I am not exaggerating when I say that I laugh out loud every time I see one of the commercials.

Just in case you’re not familiar with the show, here’s a preview of ABC’s Wipeout:

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