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[03/18/04 - 12:00 AM]
'Restaurant' Snags NBC Monday Reservation
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) -- Rocco DiSpirito will make his return to NBC next month as the Peacock has announced the second season of "The Restaurant" will kick off Monday, April 19 at 10:00/9:00c.

Like last season, "The Restaurant" will run for six weeks with its season finale on May 24.

Here's how NBC describes the new season:

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.

"The Restaurant" averaged 7.82 million viewers for its initial six-week run last summer, including a 3.6 rating/10 share among adults 18-49.

Reveille's Ben Silverman, Mark Burnett of Mark Burnett Productions and Robert Riesenberg on behalf of Magna Global Entertainment are the executive producers of the series.





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