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Breaking News – National Geographic Announces Spring 2021 Content Rollout at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour – The Futon Critic

National Geographic Announces Spring 2021 Content Rollout at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour

STORYTELLING THROUGH THE EYES OF ...

PREMIERES INCLUDE

'Genius: Aretha' Premieres Sunday, March 21;

ADVENTURE NIGHT:

Returning Series 'Running Wild with Bear Grylls' and New Series 'Race to the Center of the Earth' Premiere Monday, March 29;

'National Geographic Presents: IMPACT with Gal Gadot' Digital Series Premieres April 19;

Disney+ Original Series 'Secrets of the Whales' Premieres Earth Day, April 22;

PERSONALITY NIGHT:

Returning Series 'Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted' and New Series 'Breaking Bobby Bones' Premiere Memorial Day

WASHINGTON -- National Geographic President of Content Courteney Monroe unveiled today the spring schedule of premieres for National Geographic's premium science, adventure and exploration content at the Television Critics Association Virtual Winter Press Tour.

"In the wake of this extraordinary and unprecedented year, we remain focused at National Geographic on telling stories that remind us that beauty and wonder still exist in our world," said Monroe. "From 'IMPACT with Gal Gadot' to 'Secrets of The Whales' and the return of 'Uncharted with Gordon Ramsay,' National Geographic transports audiences around the globe, inspiring a new generation of explorers and adventurers."

Highlights of National Geographic Content's new premieres include the highly anticipated March 21 debut of "Genius: Aretha" starring Cynthia Erivo as Aretha Franklin; March 29 premiere of a night of adventure with new series "Race to the Center of the Earth," from "The Amazing Race" producers, paired with a new season of fan-favorite adventure series "Running Wild with Bear Grylls"; Memorial Day premiere of new personality-driven series "Breaking Bobby Bones" paired with a new season of "Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted"; new digital doc shorts series "National Geographic Presents: IMPACT with Gal Gadot" dropping on April 19 across National Geographic digital and social platforms; and the Disney+ Earth Day premiere of the original series "Secrets of the Whales," from executive producer James Cameron and featuring National Geographic Photographer Brian Skerry.

Full press releases and trailers for "Genius: Aretha," "Running Wild with Bear Grylls," "Race to the Center of the Earth," "National Geographic Presents: IMPACT with Gal Gadot," "Secrets of the Whales," "Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted," "Breaking Bobby Bones" and "Red Summer" can be found at natgeotvpressroom.com.

National Geographic Content - NEW PREMIERE DATES (U.S. ONLY):

MARCH

OWN THE ROOM on Disney+ from National Geographic Documentary Films (NEW DOC)

Premieres Friday, March 12

Five students from disparate corners of the planet take their big ideas to Macau, China, host of one of the most prestigious entrepreneurship competitions in the world, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards. Santosh is from a small farming town in Nepal; Alondra works the register at her family's bakery in Puerto Rico; Henry is a programming wiz from Nairobi; Jason is a marketing machine from Greece; and Daniela is an immigrant escaping the crisis in Venezuela, taking on the chemical industry from her lab at NYU. They've each overcome immense obstacles in pursuit of their dreams, from hurricanes to poverty to civil unrest. Their ideas have already changed their own lives, but are they ready to change the world?

DR. OAKLEY, YUKON VET on Nat Geo WILD (Returning Series)

Premieres Saturday, March 13, 9/8c

All previous seasons of "Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet" are available to stream on Disney+

Every day is a unique challenge for Dr. Michelle Oakley, the only all-species vet for hundreds of miles across the Great North. Whether wrestling bison, tracking ibex in the mountains, performing surgery on a wolverine, or braving fierce landscapes to return moose calves to the wild, Dr. Oakley will do whatever it takes to keep the animals in her charge safe and healthy.

GENIUS: ARETHA on National Geographic (New Season of Anthology Series)

(Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Clive Davis, 20th Television, MWM Studios and EUE/Sokolow)

Four-night Television Event Premieres Sunday, March 21 at 9/8c, with back-to-back episodes, available next day on Hulu

"Genius" is National Geographic's critically acclaimed anthology series that dramatizes the fascinating stories of the world's most brilliant innovators, their extraordinary achievements and their volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships. This third season will explore Aretha Franklin's musical genius and incomparable career, as well as the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world. Franklin was a gospel prodigy, an outspoken civil rights champion and is widely considered to be the greatest singer of the past 50 years, receiving countless honors throughout her career. Starring double-Oscar(R) nominee Cynthia Erivo as Aretha Franklin and Emmy(R)-award winning Courtney B. Vance as C.L. Franklin, "Genius: Aretha" will be the first-ever, definitive and only authorized scripted series on the life of the universally acclaimed Queen of Soul. Previous seasons, "Genius: Einstein" and "Genius: Picasso" are available to stream on Hulu.

RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS on National Geographic (Returning Series)

Premieres Monday, March 29 at 9/8c

The previous Nat Geo season of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" is available to stream on Disney+

National Geographic is officially the new home of the wildly popular hit series "Running Wild with Bear Grylls." In its second season on National Geographic, world-renowned survivalist Bear Grylls returns to the wilderness eager to push the mental and physical limits of a brand-new slate of celebrities in the hit adventure series "Running Wild with Bear Grylls." Hollywood's fan favorites come along for another adventurous ride to join Grylls in new challenges that make even the bravest shudder. Each week, a new celebrity guest leaves the luxury of their homes to venture into some of the most extreme environments in the world to conquer fears, test their limits and sometimes dabble in nature's not-so-tasty delicacies. Continuing to push superstars' comfort levels, this season Grylls travels the globe from the deserts of Utah to the Dolomites of Italy and the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California for more epic, life-changing adventures. This season's celebrities include: Anthony Mackie ("The Falcon and the Winter Soldier"), Bobby Bones ("Breaking Bobby Bones," "American Idol"), Terry Crews ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Deadpool"), Gina Carano ("The Mandalorian"), Keegan-Michael Key ("Brain Games," "Prom"), Danica Patrick (former professional racing driver), Danny Trejo ("Machete," "Sons of Anarchy") and Rainn Wilson ("The Office," "Utopia").

RACE TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH on National Geographic (New Series)

Premieres Monday, March 29 at 10/9c

The epic seven-part series, created by award-winning producers Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri, is an adrenaline-fueled global competition that pits four teams of three against one another in a nonstop sprint across the globe for a $1 million prize. "Race to the Center of the Earth" is an extreme non-elimination competition that follows four groups of adventurers, each starting from different corners of the earth, as they race to a buoy holding the grand prize. Racing from different corners of the planet - South America, Russia, Canada and Southeast Asia, the teams will face untamed jungles, frozen arctic, arid deserts, bustling cities, treacherous mountains and vast oceans to reach the location where all four routes intersect. The first team to arrive at the buoy claims it all. Embarking on the adventure of a lifetime, these adventurous teams, made up of friends and co-workers, are confident their bond is what will lead them to the finish line.

APRIL

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PRESENTS: IMPACT WITH GAL GADOT on National Geographic digital and social platforms (New Digital Series)

Premieres weekly beginning Monday, April 19

In the heart of some of the most difficult circumstances in the world, there exist beacons of hope. National Geographic Presents: IMPACT with Gal Gadot is a compelling new six-part short-form documentary series from executive producers Gal Gadot ("Wonder Woman"), Jaron Varsano ("Cleopatra"), Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth ("Freeheld"), Entertainment One's (eOne) Tara Long (Emmy(R)-nominated "L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later") and RPC's Ryan Pallota, that follows the powerful stories of resilient young women around the globe who overcome obstacles and do extraordinary things.

SECRETS OF THE WHALES on Disney+ (New Series)

Four-Part Event Series Premieres Earth Day, April 22

(From executive producer James Cameron and featuring National Geographic Explorer and Photographer Brian Skerry)

Epic, revealing and emotional, that's what you get when immersed in the secretive world of whales and see life and love from their perspectives. From Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker and conservationist James Cameron, "Secrets of the Whales" plunges viewers deep within the epicenter of whale culture to experience the extraordinary communication skills and intricate social structures of five different whale species: orcas, humpbacks, belugas, narwhals and sperm whales. Featuring the expansive knowledge and skill of acclaimed National Geographic Explorer and Photographer Brian Skerry, the four-part Earth Day special-event series unveils new science and technology to spotlight whales as they make lifelong friendships, teach clan heritage and traditions to their young, and grieve deeply for the loss of loved ones. Filmed over three years in 24 global locations, throughout this epic journey, we learn that whales are far more complex and more like us than ever imagined. Narrated by award-winning actress and conservationist Sigourney Weaver ("Alien," "Avatar," "Gorillas in the Mist"), this is a personal story that very few are lucky enough to witness ... until now.

In addition, National Geographic magazine's May issue (available online at natgeo.com mid-April) will be a single topic Earth Day issue showcasing Skerry's bold new photography. Skerry's latest work will also be featured in the National Geographic book "Secrets of the Whales," timed to the series (on sale April 6).

KINGDOM OF THE POLAR BEARS on Nat Geo WILD (New Special)

Two-hour Special Premieres Earth Day, April 22 at 8/7c

As the Arctic changes faster than ever, Dennis Compayre, a veteran polar bear guide, makes an epic first-time journey following his beloved bears through the brutal Canadian winter and onto the frozen waters of Hudson Bay. In this high-stakes, high-reward venture, the team documents the secret world of polar bears and the mysterious and disappearing kingdom of ice that sustains them. The winter hunting and birthing season is a critical time for these bears and is largely undocumented, deemed too difficult and dangerous for humans to follow ... until now. The team, armed with traditional ecological knowledge and the latest 4K camera technology, witnesses never-before-seen seal-hunting strategies and documents rapid adaptations to climate change, including whale predation and open-water hunting.

MAY

CRITTER FIXERS: COUNTRY VETS on Nat Geo WILD (Returning Series)

Premieres Saturday, May 22, 9/8c

Season one of "Critter Fixers: Country Vets" is available to stream on Disney+

Dr. Hodges and Dr. Ferguson are two lifelong friends who own and operate Critter Fixer Veterinary Hospitals, located 100 miles south of Atlanta. Together with their loving staff, these physicians bring real heart, soul and a lot of humor to their treatment and care of more than 20,000 patients a year across their two locations. Between emergency visits to the office and farm calls throughout rural Georgia, this special team is constantly bombarded with unique cases. From adhering Tilapia scales to save an attacked dog to assembling a splint on a rare South American bird, for the Critter Fixer team, there is no such thing as "normal."

GORDON RAMSAY: UNCHARTED New Episodes on National Geographic (Returning Series)

Eight-Part Third Season Premieres Monday, May 31 at 9/8c, Available Next Day on Disney+

Seasons one and two of "Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted" are also available to stream on Disney+

Gordon Ramsay laces his boots, grabs his knives and buckles up as he hits the road to embark on exhilarating adventures, exploring world cultures through food in National Geographic's "Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted." The multi-Michelin-star chef and Ironman athlete feasts his way around the globe - risking life and limb in daring missions - in pursuit of culinary inspiration and edible excellence. Under the guidance of local experts and food legends he meets along the way, Ramsay will partake in culinary customs, learn about delicious delicacies and taste fresh flavors unique to each region. In the upcoming third season, Ramsay goes off the grid and off recipe as he feasts his way through Texas, Portugal, Croatia, Puerto Rico, Iceland, Maine, the Smoky Mountains and Mexico.

BREAKING BOBBY BONES on National Geographic (New Series)

Premieres Monday, May 31 at 10/9c, with two back-to-back episodes, then moves to Sundays at 10/9c with two new episodes premiering each week

In each half-hour episode of "Breaking Bobby Bones," Bobby Bones pursues his own mantra - Fight. Grind. Repeat. - by traveling to far-flung destinations across the country to find people with unique jobs, skills, hobbies and abilities. Upon arrival, he meets local everyday heroes who challenge him to conquer (or at least attempt) the tricks of their trades while exploring the triumphs and tragedies that made these heroes who they are today. Through their joint experiences, viewers come along for the ride learning what it's like to become a tenacious stunt artist, kayak the Colorado River blindfolded and play para hockey on a sled. It's an action-packed celebration of Americans who work hard, play hard and, above all, take pride in everything they do.

JUNE

RED SUMMER (w.t.) on National Geographic (New Documentary Film)

Premieres June 2021

National Geographic Documentary Films partners with acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter ("The Way I See It," "Good Trouble: John Lewis") and Trailblazer Studios on a documentary special that sheds new light on a century-old period of intense racial conflict. "Red Summer" (working title) comes 100 years on from the two-day Tulsa Massacre in 1921 that led to the murder of as many as 300 Black people and left as many as 10,000 homeless and displaced. The film will premiere in June on National Geographic, commemorating Juneteenth when the last Black slaves in the U.S. heard of their emancipation. Award-winning Washington Post journalist and Tulsa native DeNeen Brown is at the heart of the film, reporting on the search for mass graves in her hometown. Digging into the events that lead to one of the worst episodes of racial violence in America's history, Brown uncovers new insights into this early 20th century period known as the Red Summer. Brown is uniquely placed to explore today's new civil rights movement in the context of the Tulsa Massacre and the Red Summer. With inside access to family members of those killed, law enforcement, archeologists and historians, Brown makes sense of the science and the politics intertwined throughout the search for Tulsa's mass grave. Leaving no stone unturned, "Red Summer" also untangles the role the media played in covering events at the time in order to reveal the full extent of the nation's buried past.

AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS: ANIMAL EDITION on Nat Geo WILD (New Series)

Premieres Sunday, June 20 at 8/7c

"America's Funniest Home Videos" has been a household staple since its inception, providing hilarious entertainment from some of the most happy coincidences and epic fails in television history. But there's no question that animal videos featuring furry friends and scaly celebrities are the most entertaining yet. A spinoff of the ABC hit, "America's Funniest Home Videos: Animal Edition" presents knee-slapping, tear-jerking animal humor to Nat Geo WILD!

About National Geographic Partners

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the National Geographic Society, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic's media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children's media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 133 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers ... and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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Brain Games to Make You Sharper and More Focused at Work – Onrec

Focus and attention span have been in steady decline in the digital age, thanks in large part to the multitude of devices and applications we are constantly using and that distract us with pings and vibrations.

Your brain, while not a muscle, requires similar training in order to keep it high performing. Below are some brain games to make you sharper and more focused on the job.

Word games help improve your linguistic dexterity and can also sharpen your written and verbal communication skills. There is a multitude of word games available online, but one of the best and most time-tested is undoubtedly Scrabble. Scrabble forces you to rely on your verbal intelligence to create combinations of words to win points and can be played online or offline.

If you are playing online--perhaps on your lunch break or on public transportation--there are great tools, such as Unscramblex.com, to help you build combinations and score bigger points faster. Doing this will also help you add words to your vocabulary, making you a better reader and writer.

Sudoku might seem like something only old people play, but there is a reason they like it: it keeps your brain sharp. Sudoku puzzles, whether you play them online or in one of those little booklets you get at the airport, are great ways to workout your logical and analytical thinking skills as well as your working memory.

Sudoku forces you to think multiple steps ahead and to manage as many different scenarios and outcomes in your head at the same time as you possibly can. While it wont make you more intelligent, games like Sudoku train your brain to think in certain ways, including extended periods of focus and concentration, that you can then apply to your job.

Trivia games might ask you to name as many countries as you can in a set amount of time. They might use images, or partial images from popular culture, to test your visual memory. You could play classic Jeopardy or Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Trivia games not only force you to rely on your short and long-term memory recall, but they can help you pick up bits and pieces of information that you can then employ in your daily life, personal or professional. They can also improve your understanding and contextualization of information, which is always helpful and makes reading more pleasurable, and therefore easier to do for extended periods of time.

Logic games and puzzles arent just stocking stuffers. Theyre also great ways to improve your sharpness at work. Logic games and puzzles can also be played online, so its not like you need to keep any weird contraptions on your desk or in your bag. There are entire websites dedicated to logic problems with a range of difficulties for you to bookmark and reference.

Instead of spending your break on your phone scrolling through social media, why not do something stimulating and beneficial with your time and improve your logical and analytical thinking. If you dont work your mind out like this, it really is quite astonishing just how much your thinking improves once you start putting your brain through its paces.

Focus and productivity go hand-in-hand, and one of the major concerns for many organizations that have arisen and will continue to be front and centre during the work from home revolution is will people be able to stay motivated and on-task while working remotely. For some people, focus and sharpness come naturally. For others, its something to work on each and every day. Keep the above brain games in mind when you find you have downtime during or after working hours and keep your mind on point and on task.

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Adam Schefter says only two NFL teams courted Tom Brady last year, which seems pretty dumb in retrospect – GolfDigest.com

Well folks, its official: Tom Brady is the GOAT. 43 years old. 10 Super Bowl appearances. 7 Super Bowl rings. Put him up there with Ruth, Aaron, Russell, Jordan, Jack, Tiger, and Serena. Dont bother to order them, because it doesnt matter. The guy is all-time. Hes so damn good he even got Robert Horry trending on Monday. Forget Super Bowls, that takes some doing. And yet, despite all the indisputable evidence to Bradys greatness, something interesting happened last year when ol Tommy Terrific hit the NFL's open market for the first time:

No one was really interested.

This is the kind of narrative that always gets a little overblown in the wake of something as seismic as a Super Bowl championship, but still, TWO TEAMS? Thats it? And not just two teams. Two absolutely laughable franchises at that. Youre saying the Colts preferred to go with Philip Rivers? Youre saying the Bears, now kicking the tires on Carson Wentz, werent kicking down the door on Brady? Youre saying the Dolphins, who went 10-6 with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tua Tagovailoa under center, wouldnt have been legit contenders with Brady? It just doesnt add up.

And speaking of things that dont add up, all you need to do is look at what the other LA team just did. The Los Angeles Rams, two years removed from a Super Bowl in which they lost to, you guessed it, Tom Brady, just acquired Matthew freaking Stafford from the Lions for two future first round picks, one future third rounder, and the number one overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft in Jared Goff. Stafford is a fine quarterback, but he is not Tom Brady and Tom Brady was FREE. If the Rams were so desperate to move on from Goffso desperate to win NOWshouldnt they have been in for the six- (now seven) time Super Bowl champ nine months ago? Thats a rhetorical question, by the way.

The brain games NFL front offices play against themselves on a daily basis make 'The Queen's Gambit' look like child's play, but if this is true (and theres no reason to believe its not given the source) then its the stunner of all stunners. Say what you want about the Flying Creamsicles, but they just won their second Super Bowl in the past two decades with some help from the greatest to ever do it. We wonder how the Cowboys, Niners, Packers, and Washington Football Teams feel about that . . .

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Breaking News – Bravo’s "Top Chef" Returns for a New Season in Portland Kicking Off with a Supersized Episode on Thursday, April 1 at 8 PM…

BRAVO'S "TOP CHEF" RETURNS FOR A NEW SEASON IN PORTLAND KICKING OFF WITH A SUPERSIZED EPISODE ON THURSDAY, APRIL 1 AT 8 PM ET/PT

For the First Time Ever a Rotating Judging and Dining Panel of "Top Chef" All-Star Winners, Finalists and Favorites Join Padma, Tom and Gail

"Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" Returns Thursday, April 8

NEW YORK - February 8, 2021 -Bravo's "Top Chef", produced by Magical Elves, calls Portland, Oregon home for season 18, kicking off with two weeks of supersized premieres starting on Thursday, April 1 from 8:00 - 9:15 pm ET/PT. This season, a new batch of 15 extremely talented Executive Chefs and restaurant owners, representing a cross section of kitchens and food around the country, vie for the coveted title bringing their unique skillsets, diversity of cuisines and gamut of flavors. With Portland as a picturesque backdrop and culinary inspiration, the chefs compete in a variety of challenges including celebrating PDX's Pan-African cuisine to feeding hundreds of frontline workers and crabbing on the Oregon Coast in a tribute to culinary icon and Oregonian James Beard. For a sneak peek, visit: https://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-18/videos/your-first-look-at-top-chef-portland

The Emmy and James Beard Award-Winning series returns withhostPadma Lakshmi, headjudgeTom ColicchioandGail Simmons.For the first time ever,a collection of "Top Chef" all-star winners, finalists and favorites are joining an elite rotating judging and dining panel includingRichardBlais, Carrie Baird, Nina Compton, Tiffany Derry, Gregory Gourdet, Melissa King, Kristen Kish, Edward Lee, Kwame Onwuachi, Amar Santana, DaleTaldeandBrooke Williamson. This season also includes appearances by Jos Andrs, Massimo Bottura, Gabriel Rucker and Alice Waters, as well as "Portlandia" stars Fred ArmisenandCarrie Brownstein who stop by "Top Chef" Kitchen for a Quickfire Challenge.

BeginningThursday, April 8,Bravo'sEmmy-Winning digital companion series"Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen,"hosted by Tom Colicchio,returns for season ten as the eliminated chefs go head-to-head to try to cook their way back into the competition. PresentedbyBMW of North America,each week's episode will be availableonBravotv.com,On Demand or wherever you stream Bravo's "Top Chef" at the conclusion of each week's episode.

Meet the New Cheftestants:

Brittanny Anderson - Richmond, VA

Avishar Barua - Columbus, OH

Dawn Burrell - Houston, TX

Gabe Erales - Austin, TX

Nelson German - Oakland, CA

Byron Gomez - Aspen, CO

Sasha Grumman - Houston, TX

Roscoe Hall - Birmingham, AL

Sara Hauman - Portland, OR

Kiki Louya - Detroit, MI

Maria Mazon - Tucson, Arizona

Shota Nakajima - Seattle, WA

Gabriel Pascuzzi - Portland, OR

Jamie Tran - Las Vegas, NV

Chris Viaud- Milford, NH

*For more information on the cheftestants, please visitBravotv.com/top-chef

During a time of extreme hardship in the restaurant industry, these chefs have more on the line than ever before. From working with foraged mushrooms and picking produce at the famous Hood River Fruit Loop to visiting the Tillamook Creamery, the chefs are tasked with cooking with Oregon's natural bounty of ingredients. With Padma, Tom and Gail and a table full of alums to impress, the expectations have never been higher, especially in this year's unique Restaurant Wars where the teams must perfectly execute on a micro-restaurant concept with a cohesive seven-course tasting menu that rivals the best in the world. To stay in the game, the chefs must cook at their best while contending with a Quickfire using ingredients used on the Oregon Trail anda surf and turf elimination challenge honoring theConfederated Tribes of the UmatillaIndian Reservation. While in the "City of Roses," the judges definitely don't hold back their thorns as they narrow it down to find this season's "Top Chef."

The winning chef will earn the coveted title of "Top Chef," $250,000 furnished by S.Pellegrino(R) Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, a feature inFOOD & WINEmagazine and an appearance at the annualFOOD & WINE Classicin Aspen.

Last season, "Top Chef" ranked as 2020's #1 food show across all of cable, averaging nearly 1 millionP18-49and 1.1 million P25-54. Additionally,the season was up 42% on Video On Demand/Streaming, all told, it was viewed over 10 million times.(Food Show: Nielsen, L7,P18-49/P25-54, FY 2020, including food programs across cable, excluding repeats.VOD/Streaming:Rentrak and Adobe Analytics,S17 vs. S16, includes STB, TVE (on+off), dMVPD, and OVD.)

"Top Chef" is produced by the Emmy Award-winning production company Magical Elves with CaseyKriley,Jo Sharon,DoneenArquinesandHillary Olsenserving as executive producers.

About Magical Elves

Magical Elves is a leading producer of award-winning, non-fiction content for domestic and international television markets. Known for hits like "Top Chef" (Bravo), "Nailed It!" (Netflix), "Sugar Rush" (Netflix), "Cold Justice" (Oxygen) and "Brain Games" reboot (Nat Geo), Magical Elves is a veteran production company with a long track record of consistently delivering the highest quality programming. Magical Elves is a part of TheTinopolisGroup's portfolio of production companies. For more information, visitwww.magicalelves.com.

About Bravo Media

Bravo is the premier lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content across all platforms. The network features a diverse slate of original programming, including Emmy Award-winning "Top Chef" and "Project Runway," fan-favorites "VanderpumpRules," "Below Deck," "Southern Charm," and the highly popular "Million Dollar Listing" and "The Real Housewives" franchises. Bravo also boasts the only live late-night talk show on television with the critically acclaimed "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," which has become a nightly destination for A-list celebrities. Bravo is part of the NBCUniversal Television and Streaming portfolio, which includes NBCU's broadcast, cable and streaming platforms: NBC, Bravo,E!,Oxygen, SYFY, Universal Kids, USA Network and Peacock. For more information, visitBravoTV.com.

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Everything we know about Tom Bradys extreme diet and daily schedule – NEWS.com.au

Back in 2014, questions were being asked about just how long then 37-year-old Tom Brady could carry on playing pro football and the quarterback wasnt happy.

When I suck, Ill retire, he said. (But) I dont plan on sucking for a long time.

Nearly seven years on and Tom Brady will today attempt to break his own record as the oldest QB ever to win a Super Bowl when his Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the reigning champs, the Kansas City Chiefs, on the Bucs home turf.

Suffice to say, Brady is one of a kind, a phenomenon who shows no sign of slowing down any time soon in a sport where longevity is rare. Thats why he landed a two-year, $50 million deal with Tampa last March, making it likely hell still be playing when hes 45.

Put simply, Brady is an obsessive a man with a plan and the determination (and a net worth of more than $200 million) to execute it, as John Burns, CEO of Bradys TB12 health and wellness organisation, explains.

Toms sustained success over the past 20-plus years is a testament to his incredible drive and his meticulous approach to everything he does. Burns said. Its that mindset that allows him to keep going.

When Brady in 2002 won the first of his record six Super Bowls, George W. Bush was president, Justin Timberlake was still a member of NSYNC, and Chiefs MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes was six years old.

But nearly two decades later, Brady is still there, doing what he does better than pretty much anyone else at a remarkable 43 years old.

Heres how he does it.

DAILY SCHEDULE

5.30am: Wake up, drink electrolyte water and smoothie

7am: Breakfast with family

810am: Hit the gym for strength and conditioning

10am: Beach time

11am: Review game footage

Noon: Lunch

3-5pm: Team practice or, in the off-season, surf and workout

5-6pm: Post-workout pliability session

6pm: Dinner with family

7pm: Review films, strategy w/ Coach, charity work

7.30pm: Family time, including reading to kids

8.30pm: Lights out and sleep

FITNESS

Its been said that trainer Alex Guerrero knows Tom Bradys body better than the QBs wife, Gisele Bndchen.

As well as being his business partner in the TB12 health-and-wellness brand including a chain of fitness centres that they plan to expand across the US Guerrero has been described by Brady as his body engineer.

Hes micromanaged the athletes training schedule months and even years in advance. An average day will begin early with a pre-workout deep force massage session with Guerrero. It only lasts four minutes but targets 20 muscle groups for around 20 seconds each. It helps prepare Bradys body for an intense workout, beginning with 40 minutes of resistance bands, to make muscles more pliable, soft and resilient.

As the quarterback has aged, he works out less with weights, which could leave him prone to muscle tears. Now its all about planks, lunges and squats, followed by more pliability exercises, such as doing crunches with a vibrating roller beneath his back.

After, theres another massage, this time with the focus of flushing out the lactic acid that builds up during exercise, to help improve muscle recovery time.

During the NFL season, hell work out with teammates in the afternoon. Off season, he might get in some surfing. Theres also another pliability session, to improve muscle recovery time, before bed.

DIET

While theres no denying that Bradys spartan diet has played a major part in prolonging his playing career, some of his former New England Patriots teammates thought it obsessive and unappetising or as one put it, that birdseed s t.

Caffeine is off the table. So is white flour, white sugar, dairy products and anything with gluten. He steers clear of veggies tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, mushrooms that could cause inflammation.

Everything has to be organic. Brady each day tries to drink a couple of hundred ounces of water, usually enhanced with electrolytes. (He sells those, along with various nutritional supplements, through his TB12 site.)

Allen Campbell was Bradys personal chef from 2013 to 2016 and helped him to create the TB12 Nutrition Manual, published in 2017. He told The Post that, at this time of year, We focused on dark leafy greens, some grass-fed animal protein as well as legumes and whole grains.

But thats not what Brady will eat before the Super Bowl. His game-day meals are even more basic: a smoothie and a sandwich of almond butter and jelly.

Its all a far cry from his rookie season in 2000; Brady admitted that his pregame snack used to be nachos while his default lunch was ham-and-cheese subs with onion rings and a large orange soda.

So does he ever cheat on his diet now?

If Im craving bacon, I have a piece, he told Mens Health last year. Same goes for pizza. Whats changed as Ive gotten older is now if I want pizza, I want the best pizza, Brady added. I dont eat a slice that tastes like shit and then wonder, Why am I eating s t pizza?

Tom talks often of his love for a good burger and dark chocolate, Campbell told The Post. Specifically, the QB has said hes into Unreal Chocolate, a brand of vegan, gluten-free, low-sugar candies.

Brady sticks to an 80/20 (plant-based/animal protein) diet. Even his favourite ice cream is plant-based, made from avocado with a little cacao mixed in so it tastes like chocolate.

MIND

Besides having worked with a life coach in the past, Brady practices transcendental meditation, striving to become what Guerrero has described as emotionally stable and spiritually nourished.

Hes also had neuroscans so he can better understand the way his brain processes information and create strategies to improve that.

Brady exercises his brain using apps such as BrainHQ. Although the app was designed to help those with brain conditions such as cognitive damage or memory loss, Brady has used it to sharpen his reactions working his way through two dozen brain games or more each day.

Tom explained it like this, said Henry Mahncke, CEO of the apps creators, Posit Science. When he gets the (ball), he remembers the play, then he has to scan the field, locate the receivers, figure out which ones are on their routes and which are open, and make the pass. All in about three seconds.

SLEEP

Brady loves sleeping. Before his first Super Bowl in 2002, he even took a nap in the locker room only to be woken up with just 12 minutes left before the Patriots were due on the field.

These days, he hits the hay at 8.30am each night and wakes at 5.30am. But everything has to be right. From sleeping on a mattress with a layer of diamond memory foam to setting the bedroom thermostat to between 15C and 18C and shutting down all digital distractions at least 30 minutes before he retires, Brady is as obsessive about sleep as he is about, well, everything else in his life.

And then theres his magic pyjamas: bioceramic-infused sleepwear made by Under Armour to increase energy, promote recovery and improve performance. And you can, too, can sleep like Tom, although a complete set will set you back nearly $200.

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Everything we know about Tom Brady’s extreme diet and fitness routines – New York Post

Back in 2014, questions were being asked about just how long then-37-year-old Tom Brady could carry on playing pro football and the quarterback wasnt happy. When I suck, Ill retire, he said. [But] I dont plan on sucking for a long time.

Nearly seven years on and Tom Brady will, on Sunday evening, attempt to break his own record as the oldest QB ever to win a Super Bowl when his Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the reigning champs, the Kansas City Chiefs, on the Bucs home turf.

Suffice to say, Brady is one of a kind, a phenomenon who shows no sign of slowing down any time soon in a sport where longevity is rare. Thats why he landed a two-year, $50 million deal with Tampa last March, making it likely hell still be playing when hes 45.

Put simply, Brady is an obsessive a man with a plan and the determination (and money) to execute it, as John Burns, CEO of Bradys TB12 health and wellness organization, explains.

Toms sustained success over the past 20-plus years is a testament to his incredible drive and his meticulous approach to everything he does. Burns said. Its that mindset that allows him to keep going.

When Brady in 2002 won the first of his record six Super Bowls, George W. Bush was president, Justin Timberlake was still a member of NSYNC, and Chiefs MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes was 6 years old.

But nearly two decades later, Brady is still there, doing what he does better than pretty much anyone else at a remarkable 43 years old.

Heres how he does it.

Its been said that trainer Alex Guerrero knows Tom Bradys body better than the QBs wife, Gisele Bndchen. As well as being his business partner in the TB12 health-and-wellness brand including a chain of fitness centers that they plan to expand across the US Guerrero has been described by Brady as his body engineer.

Hes micromanaged the athletes training schedule months and even years in advance.An average day will begin early with a pre-workout deep force massage session with Guerrero. It only lasts four minutes but targets 20 muscle groups for around 20 seconds each. It helps prepare Bradys body for an intense workout, beginning with 40 minutes of resistance bands, to make muscles more pliable, soft and resilient.

As the quarterback has aged, he works out less with weights, which could leave him prone to muscle tears. Now its all about planks, lunges and squats, followed by more pliability exercises, such as doing crunches with a vibrating roller beneath his back.

After, theres another massage, this time with the focus of flushing out the lactic acid that builds up during exercise, to help improve muscle recovery time.

During the NFL season, hell work out with teammates in the afternoon. Off season, he might get in some surfing. Theres also another pliability session, to improve muscle recovery time, before bed.

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While theres no denying that Bradys spartan diet has played a major part in prolonging his playing career, some of his former New England Patriots teammates thought it obsessive and unappetizing or as one put it, that birdseed st.

Caffeine is off the table. So is white flour, white sugar, dairy products and anything with gluten. He steers clear of veggies tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, mushrooms that could cause inflammation. Everything has to be organic. Brady each day tries to drink a couple of hundred ounces of water, usually enhanced with electrolytes. (He sells those, along with various nutritional supplements, through his TB12 site.)

Allen Campbell was Bradys personal chef from 2013 to 2016 and helped him to create the TB12 Nutrition Manual, published in 2017. He told The Post that, at this time of year, We focused on dark leafy greens, some grass-fed animal protein as well as legumes and whole grains.

But thats not what Brady will eat before the Super Bowl. His game-day meals are even more basic: a smoothie and a sandwich of almond butter and jelly.

Its all a far cry from his rookie season in 2000; Brady admitted that his pregame snack used to be nachos while his default lunch was ham-and-cheese subs with onion rings and a large orange soda.

So does he ever cheat on his diet now?

If Im craving bacon, I have a piece, he told Mens Health last year. Same goes for pizza. Whats changed as Ive gotten older is now if I want pizza, I want the best pizza, Brady added. I dont eat a slice that tastes like shit and then wonder, Why am I eating st pizza?

Tom talks often of his love for a good burger and dark chocolate, Campbell told The Post. Specifically, the QB has said hes into Unreal Chocolate, a brand of vegan, gluten-free, low-sugar candies.

Brady sticks to an 80/20 (plant-based/animal protein) diet. Even his favorite ice cream is plant-based, made from avocado with a little cacao mixed in so it tastes like chocolate.

Besides having worked with a life coach in the past, Brady practices transcendental meditation, striving to become what Guerrero has described as emotionally stable and spiritually nourished.

Hes also had neuroscans so he can better understand the way his brain processes information and create strategies to improve that.

Brady exercises his brain using apps such as BrainHQ. Although the app was designed to help those with brain conditions such as cognitive damage or memory loss, Brady has used it to sharpen his reactions working his way through two dozen brain games or more each day.

Tom explained it like this, said Henry Mahncke, CEO of the apps creators, Posit Science. When he gets the [ball], he remembers the play, then he has to scan the field, locate the receivers, figure out which ones are on their routes and which are open, and make the pass. All in about three seconds.

Brady loves sleeping. Before his first Super Bowl in 2002, he even took a nap in the locker room only to be woken up with just 12 minutes left before the Patriots were due on the field.

These days, he hits the hay at 8:30 each night and wakes at 5:30 a.m. But everything has to be right. From sleeping on a mattress with a layer of diamond memory foam to setting the bedroom thermostat to between 60 and 65 degrees and shutting down all digital distractions at least 30 minutes before he retires, Brady is as obsessive about sleep as he is about, well, everything else in his life.

And then theres his magic pajamas: bioceramic-infused sleepwear made by Under Armourto increase energy, promote recovery and improve performance. And you can, too, can sleep like Tom, although a complete set will set you back nearly $200.

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Who is Bloom? – Midrand Reporter

With millions of people in South Africa, its safe to say we all have varying interests but one thing everybody loves is a good discount! The problem with looking for good discounts is that its often quite challenging. The internet is a vast place and sometimes you dont have a clue where to begin. Imagine a website that aggregates the best discounts across health, food, fashion, house and home, and more. Thats sure to make accessing great discounts much easier!

Bloom is a rewards program that allows you to join as a member for a monthly fee of just R45.

With Bloom Rewards, you can access over 300 of the best discounts across various categories, helping you save money monthly. These categories include fashion and style, house and home, food, health, travel, experiences, pamper packages, kids, shopping, cars, gifts, work, services, movies and theatre, and courses.

Unlike other rewards programs, you dont need any points or credits to redeem offers on Bloom Rewards. Your R45 monthly membership is the only payable fee to access a broad range of incredible deals. Claiming your voucher is simple. All you have to do is click on a brand youd like a voucher for. This will lead you to their microsite, where you can click on your desired offer and then on Get Voucher to generate a voucher that can be printed. SMS vouchers can also be sent directly to your phone, but these are only available for some brands.

Vouchers can be used at stores by presenting the voucher itself along with an ID or drivers license. Vouchers are reset weekly, meaning you can continue to redeem discounts from your favourite brands on a weekly basis.

Another added benefit of being a Bloom Go member is that youre given access to daily quizzes, Sudoku, and crosswords. These brain games can help with improving your memory, increasing concentration, relieving stress, and improving overall brain health.

If you value great discounts, saving money, access to high-quality brands, and improving your brain function in the process, you should definitely consider signing up for Bloom Rewards to reap all these benefits and more!

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This surprising pre-round warm-up will improve your game, according to a study – Golf.com

By: Luke Kerr-Dineen January 22, 2021

Welcome to Play Smart, a new game-improvement column that drops every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from Director ofGame Improvement content Luke Kerr-Dineento help you play smarter, better golf.

I keep thinking about something GOLF Top 100 Teacher Jamie Mulligan told me at the 2020 Masters. We were watching his student, Patrick Cantlay, navigate his way around Augusta National, when I asked him to which other sport golf is most similar.

Golf is played more like chess, he said. Youre trying to think ahead and move your ball from position to position, safely.

Golfers think a lot about warming up. The best stretches to do and what clubs to hit all important things, undoubtedly. But for all the pontificating we do about the literal act of warming up, we hardly ever think about the best way to, well, think. And why shouldnt we? The brain is just another muscle, after all, and if golf mirrors the strategy-based game of chess, shouldnt we learn to warm up our brains just as we take time to warm up our bodies?

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Thats exactly the topic explored in a paper Attention game training effects on EEG and golf putting performance by researchers Chih Chia Chen and Debbie Crews, presented at the 2014 World Scientific Congress of Golf.

In the study, 21 golfers were hooked up to an Emotiv brain-wave measurer and split into the experimental and control groups. Each group hit 10 practice putts then took a 10-minute break, at which point the experimental group embarked on a mental-game exercise while the others simply rested. Once that concluded, the groups embarked on a putting test.

The learning: the group that took 10 minutes to warm-up their brain outperformed the other group across the board. They had significantly improved quality of feel and improved performance.

It appears that playing the attention mental training game prior to golf putting may enhance brain states and performance, the study concluded.

A quick warm-up of your brain, it turns out, can work wonders.

Warming-up your brain doesnt need to take long in order for you to reap the benefits from it, the study says.

Just take 10 minutes and play a brain game like Sudoku (heres a list of different brain games you can choose from) on your phone or iPad before you play. Youll be better focused, more attentive, and your scores will benefit from you being more mentally prepared, too.

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Director of Game Improvement Content at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role he oversees all the brands service journalism spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLFs multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South CarolinaBeaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University and in 2017 was named News Media Alliances Rising Star. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

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Are You Feeling Very Stressed? These Tips Will Help You Relax – Entrepreneur

We present you a series of easy-to-do activities that will allow you to rest without neglecting your business.

Let the business resources in our guide inspire you and help you achieve your goals in 2021.

The great importance of vacations for all those who work is proven. However, there is a sector that, due to the obligations that their work implies, puts them aside, not without suffering the consequences of that decision: entrepreneurs .

When you work as an employee you know that every month you will receive your salary, because you signed a contract. Something similar happens with the holidays that will arrive at a certain time. However, for people who create their own businesses the situation is different; They are always busy and cannot put their obligations aside, because much of their functioning depends on it.

What many do not know is that in addition to rest, vacations represent the period where creativity most flourishes. On the contrary, without them, you can make bad decisions, creativity is blocked and you end up seeing everything fuzzy.

To make things easier for you, here are some activities that don't take as much time and that will allow you to rest without leaving your business. Take note and relax !:

Read a good bookNot another about marketing or leadership, but a fictional one that takes you out of this world. It can be something from authors like Ken Follet or Stieg Larsson for example or one from the Harry Potter saga or The Lord of the Rings, if you are a fan. Anything that motivates your imagination and makes you have a good time.

Go to a coffee shopIn those places you can meet and meet interesting people. Prefer a local coffee shop, something closer than the big chains where you will meet executives.

Go to the cinemaYou can choose any time, at two in the afternoon for example there are less people. Choose the afternoon when you have fewer scheduled activities and watch a good movie that distracts you.

Enjoy a hobbyPlay a musical instrument, play golf, tennis, or learn gardening, whatever you like. You can also play board or brain games, or do puzzles.

Relax in a spaTake a massage and relax for an entire afternoon. Give yourself even an hour just for you and pamper yourself, it will help you improve your performance and keep you motivated.

Get together with friendsTake advantage of these meetings to talk about something other than business. You can also choose a fun living room game, the idea is to laugh and forget even a time from work.

Spend time with your familyIf you have children, take time to play and have fun with them. Make an appointment with your partner and ensure that, while you are with your family, you do not answer calls from work or check your mail. Giving them quality time will work for you too.

do exerciseSet aside at least half an hour a day to exercise. You can run in the park or maybe go to a gym, the point is that you stay healthy and fit. This will help you not only improve your health, but also your mood, your self-esteem and also to get rid of negative energy.

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The best shows and movies on Disney+ right now – Stuff.co.nz

WANDAVISION

Disneys first original MCU series catches up with Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch, and Vision, after the events of Avengers: Endgame, living as a married couple in 1950s American suburbia, trying to conceal their superpowers and appear as normal humans.

That elevator pitch alone throws up several questions How is Vision alive? What are they doing in the '50s? Is it really likely that humans wont notice that Vision is, you know, a sentient android? and the trailer poses even more.

Disney has been tight-lipped on the exact premise or any plot details of WandaVision, but it appears that Wanda and Vision themselves may not understand precisely who they are or how they came to be where they are, and the decade may not be a fixed point.

Part classic sitcom, part sci-fi thriller, this is the first of no fewer than six MCU series due for release on Disney+ this year, and one to be excited about.

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Wanda Maximoff and Vision: Totally normal humans.

READ MORE:* Amy Adams to star in Enchanted sequel on Disney+, plus more major updates* Hailee Steinfeld spotted on set of Disney+ Hawkeye series alongside Jeremy Renner* Bette Midler just revealed a major detail about the Hocus Pocus reunion* The trailer for Disney plus' WandaVision is here and it's perfect

MIRA, ROYAL DETECTIVE

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Mira, Royal Detective depicts a setting we dont often see in Western kids shows.

Mira is a commoner in the fictional kingdom of Jalpur think late 19th century India appointed to the role of Royal Detective thanks to her superior investigative skills.

This charming series has Disneys requisite moral storylines, original songs, and talking animal sidekicks (two mongooses, in this case), as well as fresh CGI animation depicting a part of the world little-seen in Western kids shows. B-plots teach children about Indian customs like Diwali.

BRAIN GAMES

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Actor and comedian Keegan-Michael Key hosts the most recent series of Brain Games.

Feel less guilty about the amount of screentime your kids are getting during the school holidays by sitting them in front of this entertaining and educational show about the supercomputer that is the human brain.

Exploring things like colour, light, motion, depth and sound, it explains how we sometimes experience things that arent really there.

FREE SOLO

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That man is climbing a cliff face with no safety equipment.

The knuckle-whitening winner of 2019s Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, Free Solo is a meta-doc of sorts, focusing not only on Alex Honnolds attempt to climb the fabled El Capitan without any ropes or safety equipment, but also on how it was made, including the interesting dilemma of whether filmmakers could avoid encouraging Honnold beyond his own limits.

A fascinating, if sometimes viscerally sickening, film best watched on the biggest screen possible.

CLASSIC WATCH: HOCUS POCUS (1993)

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Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker teamed up for Hocus Pocus.

Hocus Pocus was a box office bomb upon first release, but its developed a solid cult following in the three decades since thanks to over-the-top campy performances from Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as a trio of 17th Century witches inadvertently resurrected in 1990s USA.

Its supposed to be a darkly funny horror but, its really a hokey, ramshackle comedy; that is to say, lots of fun.

With a long-awaited sequel now officially in the works, its the perfect time to watch the original as a palate cleanser after the saccharine sweetness of festive season films.

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