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Universal Kids developing two new unscripted series

Children’s TV network Universal Kids is expanding its unscripted slate with two new series: Top Chef Junior: Remix and Create the Escape. Top Chef Junior: Remix, a spin-off of Universal Kids’ ...
May 9, 2019

Children’s TV network Universal Kids is expanding its unscripted slate with two new series: Top Chef Junior: Remix and Create the Escape.

Top Chef Junior: Remix, a spin-off of Universal Kids’ Top Chef Junior (pictured), sees three young contestants face off in a two-round cooking and baking competition, with fan favorites from Top Chef¬†and Top Chef Junior serving as mentors and judges. Each episode features a unique theme like “Camping” and “Sports.”

The competition format is produced by Magical Elves, the prodco behind Bravo’s Top Chef and Universal Kids’ Top Chef Junior. Magical Elves COO Casey Kriley and Jo Sharon¬†serve as executive producers.

Meanwhile, Create the Escape, produced in-house by Universal Kids, taps into the surge in popularity of escape rooms by having three kids design and build an escape room from scratch in each episode, with the help of design experts. Contestants’ family members, teachers or guest celebrities will try to escape the rooms once they’re complete.

These are Universal Kids’ first series commissions since November.

“Universal Kids is incredibly excited to celebrate kids’ endless imaginations and talents with these new projects that tap into today’s biggest trends for families – cooking and game play,” said Karen Miller, SVP of content at Universal Kids, in a statement. “These shows will inspire families to share real life experiences together.”

Top Chef Junior: Remix gives young people with a passion for cooking a fun chance to compete while learning from some of our amazingly talented Top Chef and Top Chef Junior mentors and judges,” added Kriley. “We are delighted to continue to create content that resonates with families across the country.”

Updated May 10 at 8:50 a.m. with comment from Kriley.

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