Discovery has ordered up more Cake Boss for domestic and international consumption -- and Brazil is getting star Buddy Valastro's new series, Kitchen Wars, on the side.
In news originating from Discovery Networks International in London, DNI and TLC in the United States have ordered an additional 10 episodes of season eight, on top of the 20 that already were lined up to air in the States (and are currently running internationally). The programmers also ordered a 20-episode ninth season of the docuseries. And DNI said Kitchen Wars, a new competition show (13 one-hour episodes), will debut June 28 on TV Record and July 1 on Discovery Home & Health Brazil. In it, Valastro will host and judge a search for Brazil's most talented amateur cook. Cake Boss airs on DNI networks in more than 220 countries.
“Cake Boss is a global franchise that we hope will continue to grow and ticks off all of the boxes – it’s a proven ratings winner, boasting a highly engaged fan base that absolutely adores Buddy, and it’s a property that is appealing to our distribution and ad sales partners,” Marjorie Kaplan, president of content at Discovery Networks International and a former TLC U.S. general manager, said in a release slated for later today. “The series’ signature blend of humor, drama and emotions is as authentic as Buddy’s accent, and we’re thrilled he’ll continue to be with his first television family at TLC and Discovery Networks International.”
“No matter where I go around the world, the importance of family is one value that is universal,” Valastro said in the release. “Nothing brings people together better than food, and my hope is that these new episodes of Cake Boss will continue to inspire people to want to bake and spend time with family.”
Cake Boss chronicles Valastro and his family's efforts to continue expand Carlo’s Bakery, their family business, originally in Hoboken, N.J. Valastro and his cake-making team, including his four sisters, two brothers-in-law and cousins, will return to tackle exciting new projects, while also continuing to satisfy and serve their longtime customers, Discovery said. His wife, Lisa; his children, Sofia, Buddy Jr., Marco and Carlo; and Momma also feature in the series, which first aired in 2009 and won the 2016 Kid's Choice Award (Nick) for Favorite Cooking Show.
Cake Boss's producers are High Noon Entertainment and Cakehouse Media. Kitchen Wars is a co-production between TV Record and Discovery Home & Health, produced by Endemol Shine Brasil and Cakehouse Media.
This article was updated to correct the scheduling of season 8 in the United States: it has not yet aired here.
Kent has been a journalist, writer and editor at Multichannel News since 1994 and with Broadcasting+Cable since 2010. He is a good point of contact for anything editorial at the publications and for Nexttv.com. Before joining Multichannel News he had been a newspaper reporter with publications including The Washington Times, The Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal and North County News.
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