Norristown-born actress Maria Bello will release a memoir about her recent coming-out story. Bello revealed that she was gay in a November Modern Love column in the New York Times last year. The memoir by the Villanova grad comes out from Dey Street/Harper Collins in early 2015.
* Mayfair's own chef Jen Carroll, formerly of 10 Arts (10 S. Broad St) and an alum of "Top Chef" and "Top Chef All-Stars," will return to the franchise in "Top Chef Duels," where former contestants are pitted against one another in head-to-head battles for a $100,000 prize. Carroll will go up against "Top Chef Texas" contestant Nyesha Arrington. The series premieres Aug. 6.
* This winter, I told you that the MTV show "Catfish," which seeks to unite people who know oen another only online, was filming around Philadephia (during filming, hosts Nev Schulman and Max Joseph visited the Food Trust). The episode finally aired last week, with an Ardmore setting. Actress Tracie Thoms ("Rent," "Death Proof") wants to suss out a stalkerish fan, who lives in the area. Watch the full episode at MTV.com. Thoms is familiar with Philadelphia. She was here filming "McCanick," starring David Morse, in 2012, one of the final film roles of "Glee" star Cory Monteith before his death in 2013. She also starred in "Cold Case," the Philly-set crime procedural.
* Want to see "Shark Tank" live and maybe have a chance to pitch your own business idea? Daymond John, star of the ABC show in which investors put their money into real businesses, will be at Dave & Buster's (325 N. Columbus Ave.) on Thursday to hear from five Philly businesses looking to make their mark. The winning team gets a $20,000 prize. Three lucky audience members also will get a chance to pitch their own business ideas at the event for a chance to win $500. To RSVP, go to MLTaptheFuture.com.
Want to have your family history sussed out by the good people in public television? PBS's "Genealogy Roadshow" is looking for Philly families. A team of researchers will delve into the back stories of featured families and have their lives linked to the history of Philadelphia at large. The episode will film in early 2015.
For more info, go to WHYY.org/genealogy.
OUT AND ABOUT
* A whole nestful of Eagles - including Jason Kelce and Riley Cooper - had a private dinner at Del Frisco's (1426-28 Chestnut St.) on Friday night. They rented out the Vault Room for a private meal and I hear quite a bit of fun was had by all.
* "How to Train Your Dragon 2" star Jay Baruchel got in on a selfie with Noel O'Neil at CBS3 studios. Baruchel, and co-star America Ferrera were at CBS3 helping with the Alex's Lemonade Stand telethon. The station raised more than $2 million for the local charity that raises money to fight pediatric cancer.