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CBS cooks up U.S. version of BBC’s “Bake Off”

U.S. broadcaster CBS has ordered Bake Off (working title), an American adaptation of BBC format The Great British Bake Off, to air next year.
October 18, 2012

U.S. broadcaster CBS has ordered Bake Off (working title), an American adaptation of BBC format The Great British Bake Off, to air next year.

The series will feature amateur Americans competing in baking challenges, with one ultimately crowned the winner. It is being produced by Love Productions USA and the exec producer is Richard McKerrow.

The Great British Bake Off has been a ratings-winner for UK terrestrial BBC2, with the third season finale pulling in a 25.3% share among British viewers earlier this week, according to CBS.

The ratings make the program one of the highest-rated BBC2 originated shows in the last six years. The format also airs on DR-1 in Denmark and on TV4 in Sweden, and has been sold in Australia, Ireland, Norway and France.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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