Best of December: Let beTV stir up both hemispheres of your brain!

According to psychologists, the left side of the brain controls logical thinking, while the right side showcases one’s creativity. One uses the left hemisphere for analyzing and the right for creative pursuits. This December, let beTV’s line up of shows work both logical and creative thinking and help viewers figure out their brain’s dominant side!

For the brain’s left hemisphere

be1Catch Dr. Dani Santino (Callie Thorne) as she continues to evaluate and analyze how to go about her roller coaster of a life in the 3rd season of Necessary Roughness. The series focuses on how a tough divorcee like Dr. Dani is able to get her life and career back on track when she loses her job as the psychotherapist for the New York Hawks professional football team and lands a new challenge at talent management agency V3 under the charming Connor McClane (John Stamos) who has secrets to hide. In past seasons, Dr. Dani had been underestimated at every turn, but succeeded beyond all expectations and became a sought-after therapist for her unique brand of tough love therapy, among professional athletes, musicians, politicians. All this while also raising two teenage children on her own and managing her love life.

Necessary Roughness begins on December 12, 9:00 PM, Mondays to Thursdays, first and exclusive on beTV!

For the brain’s right hemisphere

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Imagination and creativity shifts into high gear in the 3rd season of Face Off, where infinite and fantastic make-up magic ignites! This season will see a talented group of special effects make-up artists from across the US come together in Los Angeles to compete in a series of elaborate challenges to create origina

l monsters including aliens for Star Wars, dragons and zombies, to determine who the best is. Contestants will be eliminated each week with the winner to receive US$100,000 and the opportunity to guest lecture at the MAKE UP FOR EVER Academies in in New York and Paris.

Don’t miss these Hollywood works of art at 7:20 PM every Monday starting December 2, only on the best of TV—beTV!

beTV airs on SkyCable (Channel 35), Dream Satellite (Channel 36),
Cignal Digital TV (Channel 37) and Destiny Cable (Channel 62).
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Cheer for Pinoy Chef Paul Qui in Top Chef Season 9 on beTV!

Get set to embark on the grueling  journey of fellow countryman, Paul Qui, to culinary excellence in America through the Emmy award-winning culinary contest reality TV series Top Chef Season 9. Follow the Manila-born, Texas, Austin-based chef through the toughest of cooking challenges against a record field of contestants and cheer him on to his glorious achievement on beTV as he does the Philippines proud!

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Premiering January 21, 2013 and airing weeknights, 7:40pm on beTV, the riveting Top Chef returns for its latest, ninth season which chef Paul Qui wins! Share in his roller coaster ride through 18 episodes to beating 28 other contestants to bring home the US$125,000 cash prize as well as earn the coveted title of ‘Top Chef’. “Filipinos have a lot of heart, a lot of drive. And I definitely got that from my parents,” said Paul, who grew up in San Juan in Metro Manila. He believes these traits helped him ‘bring home the bacon’ from Top Chef.

Indeed, Top Chef offers a fascinating peek into the competitive, pressure cooker of world-class culinary arts and the restaurant business at the highest level. Aspiring chefs compete for their shot at culinary stardom. Each episode of holds two challenges for the chefs. The first is a ‘Quickfire’ test of their fundamental abilities, and the second is a more complex elimination challenge to test the versatility and invention of the chefs with trials such as working with unusual and exotic foods or catering to a range of demanding clients. These not only test their skills in the kitchen, but also uncover if they have the customer service, management and teamwork abilities required of a ‘Top Chef’. The contestants live and breathe the stress of master chefs as each week someone is asked to “pack up their knives” and go home.

Shot mostly in the Texan cities of Austin, Dallas and San Antonio, Top Chef Season 9 sees model-actress-author Padma Lakshmi return as host. The Top Chefcontestants have to win over head judge, celebrity chef Tom Colicchio, along with fellow judges, food writer and TV personality Gail Simmons, famed chef and restaurateur Emeril Lagasse, and critically acclaimed chef Hugh Acheson. In addition, Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron (Monster), host Cat Cora (Iron Chef America), prominent chefs John Besh and Tim Love, as well as singer Patti LaBelle feature in selected episodes as guest judges.

In 17 elimination challenges, local boy Paul Qui, then-executive chef of Austin Japanese farmhouse dining restaurant Uchiko, won eight of them and was on the winning teams in four others, got through twice even when he was on losing teams, and barely scraped through the tenth episode after a relatively below par performance. Along the way, Qui bagged a new Toyota Prius, a trip to Costa Rica, US$60,000, and tickets to the world premiere event of film Snow White and the Huntsman starring Charlize Theron, whom he impressed when she guest judged in episode 11, before landing the US$125,000 grand prize.

Beginning his march to glory from the second episode, Paul whipped up many immensely creative, mouth-wateringly colourful and delicious dishes from ‘grilled trout with Southeast Asian tomato salad’, ‘shrimp yuzu ceviche’, ‘chilled coconut soup with kaffir lime and ghost chilli’, ‘fried Brussels sprouts with grilled prosciutto’, to ‘bacon fat, crispy bacon, blackberries, chorizo and mushroom hash’. In an interview when he visited the Philippines, Paul shared that he even cooked one famous Filipino dish – adobo– where he added quail for a bit of a twist.

He also overcame challenges such as cooking up a dish ‘Fit for an Evil Queen’ for Theron; extracted ingredients that were frozen in ice to make a dish out of them outdoors in frigid weather; a dish out of random suggestions sent by US fans via Twitter; and even a rattlesnake! Not forgetting the epic finale episode which had head judge Colicchio praising the dishes as the ‘best finale food ever’ and Paul winning on a knife’s edge!

Since winning Top Chef Season 9, Paul has gone on to become an entrepreneur, founding East Side King, acommunity favourite among food trailers which are gaining national recognition in the US, and is truly a local boy who is making it big in the US.

When asked what Top Chef has taught him the most, Paul said, “As a chef, you are already trained to expect the unexpected. It’s taught me to do that times 10 because you don’t know what’s going to happen.” Paul also has this advice to aspiring Filipino chefs, “Just dive in. Being a chef is not the cleanest or most flattering job and the reality of kitchen is not as pretty. But just do it and jump in.”

To fully appreciate the great creativity, marvellous attention to detail and amazing talent of fellow countryman Paul, look no further than Top Chef Season 9 on beTV to cheer him on to glory starting January 21, 2013!

It’s raining men on beTV this September!

Get set for some seriously tongue-in-cheek humor, irreverent behavior and absolute fun in the brand new US sitcom, Men At Work on beTV! Dubbed an all-male version of Sex and the City – only that it’s funny – and reminiscent of Seinfeld, Men at Work is positively the fresh, must-catch half-hour of laughs on TV.

Meet the recently dumped, Peter Pan-complex Milo (Danny Masterson, That ‘70s Show) whose friends are helping to get back onto the dating scene. Gibbs (James Lesure, Las Vegas) is a photographer and ladies man who tries to seduce every pretty lady he meets. Tyler (Michael Cassidy, The O.C.) plays a charming features writer who adds some style to the group. And Neal (Adam Busch, Buffy, the Vampire Slayer) is so dorky he needs advice on talking dirty, but is the only one with a girlfriend – who happens to be their boss’ daughter. Together, they take on New York and live life “Full Steam” ahead, in the spirit of the magazine they work for!

Enjoy a good laugh and you may even pick up a thing or two about bouncing back from break-ups from “Men at Work,” which will start airing on September 3, and every weeknight thereafter at 8:30 pm,

first and exclusive on beTV!

Right after “Men at Work” stay tuned in to beTV for “How to be a Gentleman” at 8:55 pm on weeknights. Inspired by the non-fiction novel of the same name, How to be a Gentleman is a comedy about the unlikely friendship between a traditional, uptight columnist and an unrefined personal trainer. Andrew Carlson (David Hornsby, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) is an etiquette columnist whose devotion to ideals from a more civilized time has lead to a life detached from modern society. Infectiously optimistic, Bert Lansing (Kevin Dillon, Entourage) is a reformed “bad boy” from Andrew’s past who inherited a fitness center, but can still be rude, loud and sloppy.

When Andrew’s editor, Jerry (Dave Foley), tells him to put a modern, sexy twist on his column or be fired, he hires Bert as a life coach in the hopes of learning to be less “gentle man” and more of a “real man.” Though Andrew and Bert’s views may be centuries apart, they may find they are each other’s missing link. Watch “How to be a Gentleman” premieres on September 3 at 8:55 pm, first and exclusive on beTV.

beTV airs on SkyCable (Channel 35), Dream Satellite (Channel 36) and Cignal Digital TV (Channel 37).

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