Finally, a reality series that might not suck! CBS has decided to put an apron on and get in the kitchen for a new baking series, based on a British series.
The adaption of the U.K.'s The Great British Bake Off will be called Bake Off, the network announced today. The series is being produced by Love Productions USA and executive producer Richard McKerrow (Britain's Missing Top Model, Naked) and will feature skilled amateur American chefs competing in baking challenges, with one eventually being crowned the winner.
The series was competitively sought after. The U.K. adaption has been a ratings wonder for BBC2, with the third season finale ending a 25.3 percent share - a high market for the series.
The show has also done well in Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Poland, Australia, Ireland, Norway and France.
Cooking series are hot right now, on cable and broadcast networks. Recently Fox has had success with Kitchen Nightmares and Hell's Kitchen, and is expanding the franchise to hotels with Hotel Hell.
This news comes shortly after CBS made the first cut of the freshman season, dropping rookie drama Made in Jersey after two lackluster episodes. The network has done well with reality series, such as Survivor and The Amazing Race.