Formats

Netflix fires up two more unscripted series

Netflix has ordered culinary competition series American Barbecue Showdown from Maverick TV USA and All3Media America. The eight-episode series follows the country’s best backyard smokers and competitive barbecuers as they go ...
August 18, 2020

Netflix has ordered culinary competition series American Barbecue Showdown from Maverick TV USA and All3Media America.

The eight-episode series follows the country’s best backyard smokers and competitive barbecuers as they go head to head for the title of American Barbecue Champion.

Rutledge Wood — former Top Gear host — and A.P. Bio star Lyric Lews will serve as hosts, with judging duties falling on “barbecue legends” Kevin Bludso and Melissa Cookston.

Each episode, Bludso and Cookston will task the pitmasters with a challenge designed to test their barbecue skills. From unique meats to old school techniques, competitors will have to prove they have the skills to “smoke another day.”

John Hesling, president of Maverick TV USA, said in a statement: “Competition doesn’t get more delicious than in the world of barbecue, especially when it comes to our eight hopeful pitmasters as they stoke their flames against each other — and the clock — to be crowned American Barbecue Champion. Distinct flavors, techniques, creativity and humor are all on display as our barbecue competitors are put to the test.”

American BBQ Showdown is is executive produced by Hesling, Simon Knight, Tim Pastore and Daniel Calin.

Competitive barbecuing has been featured in other unscripted series on cable, such as Destination America’s BBQ Pitmasters and BBQ Pit Wars, and various series on Food Network including Great American BBQ Showdown.

In other news, the streamer will premiere an English-language version of the Karaoke competition series Sing On! — hosted by Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt actor Tituss Burgess –  Sept. 16.

The eight-episode series will see six contestants compete to win a “collective jackpot” of US$60,000.

Over the course of five themed rounds, contestants’ genre-specific performances are measured by a vocal analyzer, and prize money is calculated by how closely they match the original tune.

The first round is worth $10,000, and lyrics are randomly assigned. In each round, the highest scoring contestant moves on while the remaining singers vote one fellow contestant out.

For five more rounds, the stakes get higher until the final two contestants face off in a “head-to-head battle” to win the grand prize.

The format was originally created and produced by UK prodco Hello Dolly. Both a German version and an adaptation from Spain currently stream on the platform.

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.

Menu

Search