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'D.C. Cupcakes' will get second season; only Ryan Seacrest certain on 'Idol'

TAKE 2: Sisters Sophie LaMontagne, left, and Katherine Kallinis will return for another season of reality show
TAKE 2: Sisters Sophie LaMontagne, left, and Katherine Kallinis will return for another season of reality show "D.C. Cupcakes." (Dayna Smith/tlc Via Associated Press)
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By Lisa de Moraes
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.

TLC has picked up a second season of "D.C. Cupcakes," the network confirmed Monday, though it's unclear how many episodes that involves.

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The show stars 30-something sisters Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis, owners of Georgetown Cupcake at 33rd and M streets NW.

The first season spanned just six episodes over three weeks -- two each on Friday nights.

About 1.1 million people watched the debut at 10 p.m. on July 16; the second week the audience grew a tick, and by last Friday, 1.5 million were watching the first-season finale in which a local fireman asked for baking lessons -- really? -- which somehow led to a sister vs. sister bake-off at the firehouse.

And, of course, there was the "picky" customer who sent back cupcakes she'd purchased for her daughter's 16th birthday party, leaving the sisters scrambling to redo them -- though, if we'd been the show's plot-summary writer, we would gone with: "Sisters shove picky customer into their industrial oven, turn the heat to 200 degrees, lock the front door and head over to the Ritz-Carlton for a drink."

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Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler may tell you he's joining "American Idol" as a judge, but Fox suits Monday told grief-stricken TV critics that no such deal is in place for anyone to join the network's singing competition next season.

"No one has signed a deal on either side of the camera to be on 'Idol' who wasn't on it last year," Fox Entertainment chairman Peter Rice convolutedly told critics attending Fox's day at Summer TV Press Tour 2010.

Fox seemed unprepared for what Rice called last week's "tremendous speculation" in the press about new judges for the show. Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are leading the pack said to be in the running to help revive the franchise, which, while still America's most popular television series, took a ratings hit last season -- it got beat six weeks in the ratings by ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."

"Much of the information is accurate, and some of the information is wildly inaccurate," Rice said of last week's press pile-on. But he declined to say which is which, explaining, "I am not going to get into speculation . . . however much fun that might be for you -- or your readers."

Those reports broke out like a bad rash immediately after the network announced the departure of last year's Great Idea for replacing Paula Abdul, Ellen DeGeneres, after just one season on the show.


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