Roku Sets US Adaptation of ‘Great Baking Show’ (TV News Roundup)
Ellie Kemper and Zach Cherry have signed on to co-host the Roku Original series “The Great American Baking Show.” Kemper and Cherry will take the audience into the iconic tent to watch the contestants battle it out to become America’s Greatest Baker.
An American adaptation of the popular British competition series “The Great British Baking Show”, the new show will consist of six 60-minute episodes and will premiere in 2023. In addition to Kemper and Cherry, the judges featured in the UK iteration original, celebrity chef Paul Hollywood and celebrity restaurateur Prue Leith will judge “The Great American Baking Show.”
Love Productions USA is handling the production, which is underway in the UK. The series’ executive producers are Richard McKerrow, Al Edgington, Joe LaBracio, Jeremy Finn and John Hesling.
• Mattel’s “Pictionary”, hosted by Jerry O’Connell, will have its national premiere on September 12th. O’Connell hosts the family’s favorite game show based on Mattel’s famous board game of quick sketches and comedic guesses.
The broadcast version of “Pictionary” will follow the same home game rules. Celebrity captains including Amanda Seales, Loni Love, Cristela Alonzo, Ross Mathews, Amanda Kloots, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Natalie Morales and more lead two teams of three as players pull clues for their teammates to guess the words or winning phrases. The 30-minute national daytime series is produced by Fox First Run as well as Bill’s Market and Television Production and distributed by CBS Media Ventures. The show will air on Fox-owned stations in major markets, among other stations nationwide.
The show is produced by David Hurwitz, Noah Bonnett and Richard Brown. Fred Soulie and Phil Breman are co-executive producers for Mattel. Watch a first preview here.
• “Extraordinary with Fareed Zakaria” airs Saturday, August 20 on CNN, with two one-hour specials. In these, Zakaria speaks with musical artist Billy Joel and filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola on back-to-back shows. From his own in South Florida, Joel and Zakaria talk about the inspiration behind Joel’s hits “Uptown Girl” and “Movin’ Out” and more. Joel also describes how getting to know his father and half-brother later in life impacted his music. Zakaria’s interview with Coppola comes on the 50th anniversary of the release of ‘The Godfather’, with the director also reflecting on his other creative inspirations and becoming a winemaker.
• Peacock has released a trailer for upcoming apocalyptic thriller series ‘Last Light’, which stars Matthew Fox in his first acting role in seven years. In an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Alex Scarrow, Fox stars as a father whose family must fight to survive during the fallout of an oil crisis. Alongside Fox, the series stars Joanne Froggatt, Alyth Ross, Taylor Fay, Amber Rose Revah, Victor Alli, Tom Wlaschiha and Hakeem Jomah.
Dennie Gordon directed all episodes and executive produced alongside Fox, William Choi, Sydney Gallonde, Rikke Ennis, Patrick Renault, Diego Piasek, Patrick Massett and John Zinman, with Rola Bauer and Steven Johnson co-executive producers. The five-part limited drama is produced by MGM International Television Productions in association with Peacock, Viaplay Group, MBC, Peacock and Stan.
The series will begin airing Thursday, September 8 on Peacock. Check out the trailer below.
• Paramount+ has announced that production has begun in Vancouver on a new young adult drama series, “School Spirits,” starring Peyton List, and based on the upcoming graphic novel by Nate & Megan Trinrud and Maria Nguyen. The service also announced additional cast members joining the series alongside List, including Kristian Flores as Simon Elroy, Spencer MacPherson as Xavier Baxter, Kiara Pichardo as Nicole Herrera, Sarah Yarkin as Rhonda, Nick Pugliese as Charley, Rainbow Wedell as Claire Zolinski. and Milo Mannheim. like Wally Clark. Josh Zuckerman and Maria Dizzia will have recurring guest roles as Mr. Martin and Sandra Nears, respectively.
“School Spirits” centers on a teenage girl stuck in the afterlife who decides to investigate her mysterious disappearance alongside a group of other students who are also stuck in limbo at their high school. Oliver Goldstick serves as showrunner and executive producer, alongside Nate and Megan Trinrud, who wrote the pilot. Max Winkler will direct and executive produce. The eight-episode season is set to debut in 2023 exclusively on Paramount+. The graphic novel is slated for publication in fall 2023 by Clarion Books/HarperAlley, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books.
• “Monarch,” FOX’s upcoming musical drama about America’s leading country music family, starring Susan Sarandon, Trace Adkins and Anna Friel, will also feature special appearances from country stars Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Little Big Town and Tanya Tucker, all of whom guest star throughout the season. The show centers on the Roman family, a country music dynasty whose foundations rest on a lie, jeopardizing their reign as country royalty.
“Monarch” will debut with a special two-night event, starting Sunday, September 11, immediately following the FOX NFL doubleheader.
• AMC Networks’ Josh Sapan will join Columbia Business School’s Executives in Residence program as an executive mentor for his next semester. Sapan served as president and CEO of AMC Networks for 26 years, leading well-known drama series such as “Mad Men,” “Better Call Saul” and “The Walking Dead” during his long tenure with the network. . The program is led by Director Al Drewes, former senior vice president and chief financial officer of Pepsi, and is made up of 28 senior executives and other senior advisors from a wide variety of industry verticals who mentor students in the framework of the program.
• ‘The Idea of America’, highlighting immigrants’ perceptions of the United States and what it means to be American, through the lens of the American movies they watched when they were young, was announced by Turner Classic Movies. Nine immigrants will join TCM Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz to discuss the films that shaped their idea of the United States before settling in the country, which are listed below:
- Hemrani Vyas, presenting “To Hell and Back”
- Vera Petrovic, presenting “Holiday Affair”
- Ali Estefam, presenting “Cool Hand Luke”
- Gabriel Bitton, presenting “Splendour in the Grass”
- Ash Nega, presenting “The Champ”
- Crystal Lee, presenting “Love Story”
- Ted Ayllón, presenting “Higher and Higher”
- Abdi Iftin, author of “Call Me American”, presents “Badlands”
- Sushma Barakoti, presenting To Kill a Mockingbird
Programming begins Friday, September 9 and continues the following two Fridays.
• Roku announced Tuesday the launch of 14 new linear channels on The Roku Channel and its Live TV Guide, including Roku Channel Westerns and other local news channels NBCUniversal for San Diego, Boston and the Bay Area. The streamer also added NBCUniversal Local’s LX News, a news network aimed at adults 18-45. Other channels include six Scripp channels: Bounce XL, Court TV, Grit Xtra, Ion, Ion Mystery and Ion Plus. These Scripp Channels feature various true crime, drama and action series, such as “NCIS”, “Chicago PD”, “Chicago Fire”, “Law & Order”, and “Hawaii Five-O”.
• Vice World News announced the launch of a news channel on the Twitch streaming platform, with live broadcasts twice a week. The two-hour show will begin August 23 and air Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on the Vice World News channel. Co-hosted by Dexter Thomas and Samir Ferdowsi, the show will feature takes on major news stories and highlight Vice News scoops and investigations. The episodes will air from VICE News HQs in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and London, and will be broadcast by reporters around the world.
• Crunchyroll has announced the seventh annual Crunchyroll Anime Awards, taking place in Japan for the very first time on March 4, 2023.
The live ceremony will be held at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo and will bring together creatives from across the anime community. The event will also be streamed on Crunchyroll’s social media channels. Last year, a record 16.9 million votes were cast for nominees representing nearly 40 anime studios across eight streaming platforms. Nominations and voting will open early next year. Nominations and voting will open early next year.