The Great American Baking Show

The Great American Baking Show is an American cooking competition television series and an adaptation of The Great British Bake Off (which is aired in the United States under the title The Great British Baking Show). Its first season aired on ABC under the title The Great Holiday Baking Show.[2] The show is the second licensed adaptation of the GBBO format in the United States. In 2013, CBS produced one season of The American Baking Competition, which was hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, with Paul Hollywood and Mexican-American chef Marcela Valladolid as judges.

The Great American Baking Show
Created byRichard McKerrow
Anna Beattie
Directed byAndy Devonshire
Jeanette Goulbourn
Presented byNia Vardalos
Ian Gomez
Ayesha Curry
Anthony Adams
Emma Bunton
Ellie Kemper
Zach Cherry
Casey Wilson
JudgesMary Berry
Johnny Iuzzini
Paul Hollywood
Sherry Yard
Prue Leith
Theme music composerTom Howe
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes35 (4 unaired)
Executive producersRichard McKerrow
Kevin Bartel
Simon Evans
Faye Stapleton
Al Edgington
Joe LaBracio
Jeremy Finn
John Hesling
ProducerEllie Kemper
Production locationsHeatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios[1]
Running time60 minutes
Production companyLove Productions USA
Original release
NetworkABC (2015–2020)
The Roku Channel (2022–present)
ReleaseNovember 30, 2015 (2015-11-30) –
The Great British Bake Off
The American Baking Competition

The first two seasons were hosted by Nia Vardalos and Ian Gomez, with Mary Berry from the original GBBO series and American pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini as judges.[3][4] The third season was hosted by cookbook author Ayesha Curry and former football player Anthony Adams. Iuzzini returned as judge and was joined by original GBBO judge Paul Hollywood.[5][6] The season was pulled off the schedule following sexual harassment allegations against judge Iuzzini, who was officially fired from the show and ABC.[7][8] Curry and Iuzzini did not return for the fourth season.

On May 4, 2018, the show was renewed for a fourth season.[9] Emma Bunton and Sherry Yard were hired as replacement host and judge, respectively. On August 1, 2019, the show was renewed for a fifth season, which premiered on December 12, 2019.[10]

On May 3, 2022, it was announced that The Roku Channel would be airing a new season of the show, with Paul Hollywood returning as judge, along with Prue Leith from GBBO. Roku also announced plans to air The Great American Baking Show: Celebrity Holiday, featuring celebrities competing to raise money for charity.[11] All six episodes of new season of the show premiered on May 5, 2023.[12] The Roku Channel has ordered a seventh season of this series.[13]

Hosts and judges edit

Hosts/Judges Season
1 2 3 4 5 6
Ellie Kemper Host
Zach Cherry Host
Paul Hollywood Judge
Prue Leith Judge
Hosts/Judges Season
1 2 3 4 5 6
Nia Vardalos Host
Ian Gomez Host
Ayesha Curry Host
Anthony Adams Host
Emma Bunton Host
Mary Berry Judge
Johnny Iuzzini Judge
Sherry Yard Judge

Season overview edit

Season Episodes Premiere Finale Winner Runner(s)-up Average viewers
1 4 November 30, 2015 (2015-11-30) December 21, 2015 (2015-12-21) Lauren Katz Nicole Silva 3.97
Tim Samson
2 8 December 1, 2016 (2016-12-01) January 12, 2017 (2017-01-12) Amanda Faber Stephanie Chen 4.39
3 2[15]
(4 unaired)
December 7, 2017 (2017-12-07) N/A (N/A) Vallery Lomas Cindy Maliniak 3.84
Molly Brodak
4 6 December 6, 2018 (2018-12-06) December 20, 2018 (2018-12-20) Tina Zaccardi Amanda Nguyen 3.44
Andrea Maranville
5 8 December 12, 2019 (2019-12-12) January 2, 2020 (2020-01-02) Brother Andrew Corriente Dana Commandatore
Marissa Troeschel
6 6 May 5, 2023 (2023-05-05) May 5, 2023 (2023-05-05) Martin Sorge Dyana O'Brien
Sarah Chang

Season 1 (2015) edit

Season 1 aired under the titleThe Great Holiday Baking Show and marked a return of the GBBO format to American television after the cancellation of the series by CBS in late 2013 when it was originally aired under the title The American Baking Competition after one season. Six bakers participated in the first ABC season. The season was won by Lauren Katz, beating out Nicole Silva and Tim Samson in the finale.

Season 2 (2016–17) edit

Season 2 returned the following year as The Great American Baking Show with ten bakers and an eight-week competition. The season was won by Amanda Faber, with Stephanie Chen as the runner-up.

Season 3 (2017) edit

The third season began airing December 7, 2017, with a two-hour premiere.[6] It is the first season hosted by Curry and Adams and for judge Hollywood who last appeared on the 2013 CBS version of the show. This season, baker Antoinette Love, withdrew following a family death, returned to the competition. The season was withdrawn from ABC's schedule on December 13, 2017, following allegations of sexual misconduct by Iuzzini.[7] ABC announced that it would not air the remaining episodes.[16] On December 21, 2017, the day the season finale would have been broadcast, ABC announced that Vallery Lomas won the competition with Cindy Maliniak and Molly Brodak finishing as runners-up.[17]

Season 4 (2018) edit

The fourth season premiered December 6, 2018, under the title The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition. Adams returned for his second season as host, with former Spice Girls singer Emma Bunton as new host. Joining Paul Hollywood on the judging panel is American pastry chef and restaurateur, Sherry Yard.[18] The season was won by Tina Zaccardi. Amanda Nguyen and Andrea Maranville finished as runners-up.

Season 5 (2019) edit

The fifth season premiered December 12, 2019, with all hosts, Emma Bunton and Anthony Adams and judges, Paul Hollywood and Sherry Yard, returning for the second Holiday Edition.

The contestants entering the tent are Dana Commandatore, Sarita Gelner, Bianca Jackson, Carlos Marquina, Sally Newton, Tanya Clark Ott, Helen Spencer Pantazis, Marissa Troeschel, Alex Willis & and Friar, Brother Andrew. The season was won by Brother Andrew. Dana Commandatore and Marissa Troeschel finished as runners-up.

Celebrity Holiday (2022) edit

  Star Baker

Signature Challenge Technical Challenge Showstopper Challenge Contestants Airdate
8 Cream Puff Holiday Characters Meringue Holiday Wreath Favorite Holiday Memory Cake D'Arcy Carden December 2, 2022
Liza Koshy
Marshawn Lynch
Nat Faxon
Chloe Fineman
Joel Kim Booster

Season 6 (2023) edit

The sixth season of the show premiered on The Roku Channel on May 5, 2023, with judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith joined by hosts Ellie Kemper and Zach Cherry. The nine contestants entering the tent are Martin Sorge, Nirali Chauhan, Stacie Nakamoto, Dyana O'Brien, Susan Simpson, Karis Stucker, Jonathan Gottfried, Sarah Chang and Sean Liu.[12]

Celebrity Holiday (2023) edit

The new season of The Great American Baking Show: Celebrity Holiday premiered on The Roku Channel on November 10, 2023, with judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith joined by hosts Casey Wilson and Zach Cherry.[19]
  Star Baker

Signature Challenge Technical Challenge Showstopper Challenge Contestants Airdate
12 Christmas Memory Sandwich cookies Sufganiyah Favorite Childhood Toy Cake Arturo Castro November 10, 2023
DeAndre Jordan
Joel McHale
Heather McMahan
Ego Nwodim
Phoebe Robinson

References edit

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  2. ^ Denise Petski (20 October 2015). "UK Reality Hit 'Great British Bake Off' Getting Holiday-Themed Remake on ABC". Deadline Hollywood.
  3. ^ Harry Fletcher (21 October 2015). "Mary Berry is remaking The Great British Bake Off in the US for ABC". Digital Spy. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  4. ^ Andy Dehnart (8 August 2016). "Exclusive: ABC's Baking Show will return with Mary Berry, and a new name". Reality Blurred.
  5. ^ Barney, Chuck (September 21, 2017). "Ayesha Curry lands another big TV gig — this time with ABC". The Mercury News. Bay Area News Group. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
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  7. ^ a b "ABC Pulls 'Great American Baking Show' Amid Johnny Iuzzini Sexual Harassment Claims". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  8. ^ Erik Pedersen (December 13, 2017). "ABC Pulls 'The Great American Baking Show' & Axes Judge Johnny Iuzzini Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  9. ^ "Are you ready? Now taking applications for next season". Facebook. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  10. ^ "On Your Mark, Get Set, Bake! "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" Returns to ABC This December". The Futon Critic. August 1, 2019.
  11. ^ "The Roku Channel Presents Exciting New Slate of Roku Original Productions at the 2022 IAB NewFronts". The Futon Critic. May 3, 2022.
  12. ^ a b "The Great American Baking Show Trailer: Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith Return to the Tent [Exclusive]". Peoplemag. Retrieved 2023-04-19.
  13. ^ Spangler, Todd (2023-05-02). "Roku Leans Into Unscripted Amid Writers Strike: Renews 'Great American Baking Show,' Orders Charlie Puth Comedy". Variety. Retrieved 2023-05-03.
  14. ^ "Great American Baking Show: ABC TV show - ratings (cancel or season 3?)". TV Series Finale. 13 January 2017.
  15. ^ "Shows A-Z - great american baking show, the on abc". Futon Critic. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  16. ^ "US Bake Off is cancelled after sexual harassment allegations made towards judge Johnny Iuzzini". The Telegraph. December 14, 2017. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  17. ^ "'The Great American Baking Show' Season 3 Winner Announced | The Great American Baking Show". ABC. 21 December 2017.
  18. ^ Pedersen, Erik (October 18, 2018). "'The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition': Premiere Date & Spicy New Host For ABC Competition Series". Deadline Hollywood.
  19. ^ Arnold, Allison (November 2, 2023). "'The Great American Baking Show: Celebrity Holiday' Is Returning". Delish.

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