"The Restaurant" returns to NBC on April 19
'THE RESTAURANT' AND STAR ROCCO DISPIRITO ARE BACK ON NBC'S MENU MONDAY, APRIL 19 WITH SIX NEW EPISODES
NEW YORK -- March 18, 2004 -- Rock star Chef Rocco DiSpirito returns to NBC with six new hour-long episodes of "The Restaurant" beginning Monday, April 19 (10:00-11:00 P.M. et), adding sizzle to an already hot Monday night lineup following "Fear Factor" and "Las Vegas."
"This show and its star Rocco were clearly one of NBC's break-out hits this past season," said Jeff Gaspin, Executive Vice President, Alternative Series, Specials, Longform and Program Strategy, NBC Entertainment. "We feel our viewers are hungry to find out what has happened to Rocco, his beloved Mama and their colorful staff."
The second season of "The Restaurant" will pick up six months after the first season finale as viewers will discover what happened to Rocco and his restaurant, "Rocco's on 22nd", after the frenetic and emotional opening. A major storyline running throughout the six episodes will be the real-life dramatic conflict between Rocco and his financier Geoffrey Chodorow (China Grill Management) as Chodorow seizes control of the restaurant accusing Rocco and his staff of financial mismanagement.
Rocco will encounter these and other pitfalls throughout the series and we will see if he can rise to the occasion and turn things back in his favor. This begins with a major focus on improving the quality of the food and the hiring of a new chef, a colleague of Rocco's from Italy. We will also meet the new staff members as they work alongside returning staff including everyone's favorite, Mama DiSpirito, General Manager Laurent, Captain's Uzay and Emily, Waiter's Carrie and Al and Chef Tony. Plus, "The Restaurant" will star, once again, the city of New York and all of the colorful patrons who came to eat at "Rocco's on 22nd" during filming.
Last summer's initial run of "The Restaurant" dominated its time period, winning or tying for first among adults 18-49 with all six telecasts. "The Restaurant" averaged a 3.6 rating, 10 share among adults 18-49, making it a top-15 show for the summer in this key ratings category. In overall total viewers, "The Restaurant" averaged 7.8 million viewers.
"The Restaurant" continues to be the only unscripted drama that literally caters to the viewing public. Anyone at any time can call for a reservation during filming or just show up during dinner hours and try to get a walk-in table. The reservation hotline is 212-353-0500.
"I always considered season one of 'The Restaurant' a six episode pilot. So many great dramas come back season after season and there is no reason why unscripted dramas cannot continue this trend," said Mark Burnett, Executive Producer. "It is simply great storytelling incorporating captivating characters with Rocco, our leading man, front and center."
"Rocco is an amazing chef and unique television personality. We are thrilled to watch him continue his journey of trying to please the most discerning diners in the world," added Ben Silverman, Executive Producer
"The Restaurant" is executive produced by Reveille's Ben Silverman, Mark Burnett of Mark Burnett Productions, and Robert Riesenberg on behalf of Magna Global Entertainment.