Reality Check: Last Restaurant Standing

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NBC is casting a new reality show, masterminded by Granada America, the fine people behind Nanny 911, Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares. You missed the casting calls in LA, NY and Atlanta, but there's still time to make the tour stops in Houston, DC and Chicago.

There's no news on what the show is about, just that they are:

"are seeking two-person teams, with pre-existing relationships, who have always dreamed of opening their own restaurant! Have you and your spouse, friend, family member, business associate or colleague dreamed of opening your own restaurant? Is one of you a whiz in the kitchen while the other is a front-of-the-house superstar? Do you have what it takes to open and run a successful restaurant? Has financing always been a problem?"

Well, they may be trying to keep the show a little hush hush, but anyone who's watched TV in recent years can tell you where to look for answers. Yep, that's right, this is another ripoff of a BBC reality show — Last Restaurant Standing, where a famous chef "puts nine couples through their paces to see if they have what it takes to run their own eatery." The winner gets cash to open their own joint. You can catch Last Restaurant Standing on BBC America.

Ripoff may be too strong a word. Granada is, after all, the producer of the British version as well.

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