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CBS Picks Up Hit British Reality Show 'Bake Off' in the US

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The judges from the original British version of the show.
The judges from the original British version of the show.
Photo: BBC2

America needs more cooking competition shows, and CBS is more than happy to oblige. The network has announced plans to bring over BBC2's smash hit The Great British Bake Off sometime next year. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show is a "ratings breakout" in the UK. So far the UK version has aired for the three seasons, with the last season finale drawing a 25.3% share among viewers. In the US, it will just be called Bake Off.

The show centers around amateur bakers competing in categories like "Signature Bake" ("produce something cute, rustic and altogether home-made-looking") or "Showstopper Bake" ("The judges will be looking for the most impressive and elaborate creations – that better taste first-class too"). No word on the exact premiere date as yet. Below, a press release and the trailer for the recently-completed third season of the British version of the show.


CBS Orders New Reality Series Based on the Hit UK Format That is Also Sweeping Europe and Other International Territories

CBS has ordered a new alternative series, BAKE OFF (working title), based on the hit UK format "The Great British Bake Off" for broadcast next year.

The series will feature skilled amateur Americans competing in baking challenges with one ultimately being crowned the winner.

"The Great British Bake Off" has become a ratings sensation in the UK. The third season finale, which aired last night (Oct. 16), was one of the highest-rated BBC2 originated shows in the last six years, earning a 25.3% share among British viewers, a series high.

The format is also sweeping Europe and other international territories, delivering big ratings on DR-1 in Denmark and on TV4 in Sweden, where it ranks as the highest rated show in the channel's history. The series is also entertaining audiences in Belgium and Poland and has been sold in Australia, Ireland, Norway and France.

The executive producer of "Bake Off" is Richard McKerrow and the series is produced by Love Productions USA.

Video: The Great British Bake Off - Series 3 Trailer - BBC Two

· CBS Orders Cooking Competition Series 'Bake Off' [THR]
· Bake Off [Press Release]
· The Great British Bake Off - Series 3 Trailer [YouTube]

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