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Peacock slates spin-offs for “Making It,” “Top Chef,” “Below Deck”

NBCUniversal streaming service Peacock is continuing its ramping up of unscripted content with several spin-offs of the network group’s unscripted hits joining the roster. New extensions of existing franchises include Baking ...
May 13, 2021

NBCUniversal streaming service Peacock is continuing its ramping up of unscripted content with several spin-offs of the network group’s unscripted hits joining the roster.

New extensions of existing franchises include Baking It, with Amy Poehler exec producing and produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, in association with Paper Kite Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment. The holiday event series hails from the creators of Making It (pictured) — Poehler and Nicole Yarron — and sees two talented home bakers compete with savory and sweet creations, judged by actual grandmothers who also happen to be skilled bakers. Hosting will be handed over to two as yet unnamed celebrities over the six-episode cycle.

Meanwhile, the ever-popular Top Chef franchise is gaining yet another addition via Top Chef Family Style. The family culinary competition will feature young chefs paired with an adult family member vying for top honors. Meghan Trainor is set to host, and acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson will serve as head judge. The series is produced by Magical Elves with Casey Kriley, Jo Sharon, Hillary Olsen and showrunner Claire Kosloff serving as executive producer.

Bravo franchise Below Deck is expanding, with Below Deck Down Under, produced by 51 Minds, featuring the exploits of the crew of a super-yacht traversing the seas around Australia. Nadine Rajabi, Mark Cronin, Courtland Cox, Cristina Lopez and Tania Hamidi serve as executive producers along with Christian Sarabia and Zachary Klein serving as executive producers from 51 Minds.

As well, the third season of American Ninja Warrior Junior is headed to Peacock, produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions with Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Frank Sinton and Jackson Nguyen serving as executive producers and Sharalynn Cornwall as co-executive producer. Matt Iseman and Akbar  Gbajabiamila will return as hosts.

Previously announced unscripted franchise expansions heading to Peacock include Real Housewives Mash-Up (w/t), Real Housewives of Miami (in development) and Vanderpump Dogs.

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