'American Idol' winner Fantasia returning to 'After Midnight,' plus more reality TV news
BROADWAY 'IDOL.' "American Idol" season-three winner Fantasia returns as one of the rotating guest stars of the Broadway musical "After Midnight" from May 13 to June 8. On her opening night, $5 from each ticket will be donated to the venerable Harlem School of the Arts.
The Grammy Award-winner was the first guest star in the show with a run from last October through Feb. 9, followed by k.d. lang, the current duo of Toni Braxton and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds through March 30, and Vanessa Williams from April 1 to May 11. With music by Wynton Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars, the musical plays at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on West 47th Street.
BETTER THAN A 'KITCHEN NIGHTMARES' CRUISE. Famed chef and "MasterChef" judge Graham Elliot, series winners Christine Ha and Luca Manfe and "MasterChef Junior" winner Alexander Weiss will all be aboard a seven-day culinary cruise of the Caribbean on Holland America's MS Westerdam from Nov. 8 to 15. "MasterChef" fans will get the chance to hone their cooking skills alongside talent from the show, a Fox statement said. For more information, go to MasterChefCruise.com.
PREMIERES. Chef and culinary writer Andrew Zimmern returns for a sixth season of exploring "Bizarre Foods America," Monday at 9 p.m. on Travel . . . Then at 10 on TruTV, two Alabama locksmiths unlock mysteries on the new series "The Safecrackers" . . . Tuesday at 10 p.m., Syfy's new "Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge," hosted by Gigi Edgley ("Farscape"), promises a job to one of 10 design / fabrication / mechanization artists . . . Comedian Joan Rivers and daughter return for a fourth season of WE's "Joan & Melissa" Saturday at 10 p.m. . . . and Sunday night at 10 on E!, New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker and his country-singer wife are back for season two of "Eric & Jessie: Game On."
RECAPS. M.K. Nobilette was idled on "American Idol" . . . Cliff Robinson did not survive "Survivor" . . . "The Face" offed Kira Dikhtyar, while Chloe Sens will no longer face "Face Off" . . . Randy Vollink is no "Ink Master" . . . RuPaul's "Drag Race" eliminated Jason Carrión aka April Carrión . . . and Natalia Fedner was "Under the Gunn"ed down.