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James Hibberd
August 09, 2011 AT 05:29 PM EDT

I would have loved to see Anthony Bourdain go full time on Top Chef. Or that bald guy from MasterChef who likes to stare at people really, really hard. Instead, the Bravo reality competition show has hired Emeril Lagasse as its new judge, along with another lesser-known chef, Hugh Acheson (who previously competed on Top Chef Masters).

Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons and head judge Tom Colicchio will remain on the judging panel for the upcoming ninth season along with Lagasse and Acheson. Instead of focusing on one city, the show is going to three cities in Texas (Austin, San Antonio and Dallas) and returns later this fall.

In other reality news: Lifetime has ordered America’s Supernanny, a new series seeking to prove that you don’t need to a British accent in order to tell kids what to do. Guess the cable network saw an opportunity since ABC has (unofficially) cancelled Supernanny.

What do you think of the changes to the Top Chef panel?

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