Padma Laskmi leaving Top Chef
Obviously never having seen any of her film or TV work herself, Padma Laskmi to star in NBC sitcom.
No-doubt to the chagrin of "Top Chef" viewers around the world, Variety.com is reporting Padma Lakshmi is ready to hang up her reality-show spurs and move along to the greener pastures of network prime-time situation comedy. And while fans of the Bravo cooking competition will have to make due with a new hostess following the conclusion of its sixth season, NBC is hoping it can inspire some of those fans to mix in Lakshmi's acting chops to their television diet.
Tentatively titled "Single Serving," the show will reportedly feature Lakshmi playing a woman who works "in the culinary world," and, if the title is any indication, probably dates a lot (with ensuing hijinx). According to Variety, 38 year-old Lakshmi is currently "kicking around" ideas for the show with writers and producers.
The Indian born actress/cookbook author's previous screen credits include playing the character "Sylk" alongside Mariah Carey in 2001's "Glitter," as well as a supporting role in the 2005 Bollywood sleeper, "The Mistress of Spices." The news of Lakshmi's development deal with NBC comes fresh off the heels of her recent Emmy nomination (along with co-host, Tom Colicchio) in the category of "Best Reality Competition Host."