Exclusive: TLC, DNI take “Cake Boss” back to basics

New episodes of the reality show starring cake artist Buddy Valastro (pictured) will have a more international flavor to them, thanks to a partnership between Discovery Networks International and TLC in the U.S.
January 26, 2015

Two more seasons of the hit TLC series Cake Boss are in the works.

Seasons seven and eight of the reality show starring cake artist Buddy Valastro (pictured) and his family will begin production next month through a partnership between Discovery Networks International (DNI) and TLC in the United States.

Original series producer Jon Sechrist, High Noon Entertainment and Valastro’s Cakehouse Media shingle are coproducing.

Season seven will premiere this summer on TLC internationally and other DNI-owned lifestyle channels. The U.S. premiere date will be announced at a later date.

A DNI representative told realscreen that Cake Boss will go “back to basics” by returning to Valastro’s small bakery in New Jersey. Whereas recent seasons featured the family working in a large-scale baking facility in Lackawanna, upcoming episodes will be set in the century-old Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hoboken, which is due to temporarily close on February 17 for renovations, according to a post on the bakery’s Facebook page.

In addition to a helping of Valastro family drama, the upcoming season will feature guest stars and celebrities and focus on the large number of international customers the bakery now attracts thanks to the show’s popularity. To further reel in global audiences, Valastro will also create custom cakes based on international themes.

“Buddy and his family have been an important part of TLC for years, and we’ve been amazed by theĀ Cake Boss franchise’s global impact,” said TLC general managerĀ Nancy Daniels in a statement. “This partnership with Discovery Networks International will ensure our fans continue to enjoy the action at Carlo’s Bakery for seasons to come.”

“Buddy is a fan favorite,” added DNI president JB Perrette. “Larger than life for our international audiences, and a valued partner of ours.”

Sechrist will serve as exec producer for DNI alongside High Noon’s Scott Feeley and Jim Berger, Valastro and Cakehouse Media’s Art Edwards.

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.