Fox’s new and returning food-focused reality TV shows will all air on Thursdays starting on the first Thursday of 2017. Hell’s Kitchen, Masterchef Junior, and My Kitchen Rules will share Thursdays.
Here’s how this new night of food reality TV—though it hasn’t been branded that way—will unfold:
- On Jan. 5, Hell’s Kitchen moves to Thursdays with two episodes of its 16th season, which is now airing on Fridays.
- On. Jan. 12, Hell’s Kitchen shifts to Thursdays at 8.
- Also on Jan. 12, My Kitchen Rules will debut, airing at 9.
- On Feb. 2, Hell’s Kitchen ends its season.
- And on Feb. 9, Masterchef Junior returns for its fifth season to take the 8 p.m. timeslot.
Masterchef Junior—which was renewed for two seasons—will have a major change that mirrors season 7 of regular Masterchef: Graham Elliot isn’t being replaced, so Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi will be the sole series judges, though Fox promises “an array of celebrity guest judges.”
My Kitchen Rules is based on an Australian series, which premiered in 2010 and had pre-existing teams of two, like The Amazing Race used to have, creating a restaurant in one of their homes in three hours. The other teams and judges would rate the decor and cuisine.
The Fox version adds celebrity contestants, and by celebrities I mean the same people who appear on celebrity reality TV shows:
“My Kitchen Rules pits celebrity duos against each other as they cook and critique each other’s food in Hollywood homes. The celebrity pairs include TV host and *NSYNC member Lance Bass, R&B recording artists Brandy and Ray J, comedian Andrew Dice Clay, country superstar Naomi Judd and reality TV star Brandi Glanville.”
The judges are Curtis Stone (ugh) and Cat Cora, and the show will run for eight episodes.
Fox’s other two ordered reality shows, Kicking and Screaming (which is like Naked and Afraid except with survivalists teamed with people who aren’t prepared) and the John Cena-hosted American Grit (which starts filming its second season today in this new location).