PBS seems unlikely to air any future seasons of The Great British Bake-Off, which it calls The Great British Baking Show, now that the UK series has moved to Channel 4, a commercial broadcaster.
Having aired five of eight GBBO seasons in the U.S., PBS is now done with the series—or will be once its broadcast of season five ends next month.
I asked PBS CEO Paula Kerger this morning at the Television Critics Association press tour about the show’s future, and she eventually said the show is done on PBS, though she’ll “never say never.”
In her answer, she first cited other food television PBS is airing, including Marcus Samuelsson’s show, so I followed up to get a clear answer if there was any chance the new Channel 4 seasons would come to PBS. That’s when she said it was finished.
“As its ended, it’s had a great run on public broadcasting,” she said in answer to another follow-up question. “I really wish it well.”
Kerger said, “I’m always interested in what resonates with the public,” and that when PBS acquired it, “we knew it had been successful in the UK” but “I had no great expectation that it would be as successful” as it became.
The Great British Bake-Off series 3 is currently airing on PBS, as The Great British Baking Show season five. (Confused? Here’s a guide to all the seasons—and how to watch the previous ones.)
More of her answer to come when the full transcript is available.