ABC’s version of The Great British Baking Show, The Great American Baking Show, will return for its fifth season this winter, and once again have a holiday theme and subtitle: “Holiday Edition.”
For the first time since season two, the same cast will return: Hosts Emma Bunton and Anthony “Spice” Adams, and judges Sherry Yard and Paul Hollywood.
In other words, Mary Berry still isn’t returning, and I should probably give up hope that we will ever see her on this series again. She judged the first two ABC seasons, and then quit the UK version once its producers sold the show to a different network. The same company, Love Productions, produces the U.S. version.
The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition will return in December.
When the show cast earlier this summer, it said it was looking for people 18 and older who have not “completed any formal or professional culinary, pastry and/or baking training” in the past 10 years, and also had to agree they have never “worked in a full-time position as a baker, cook or chef, nor must your main source of income be derived from baking.”
The application suggests it will film in the UK, as it has in the past, though dates weren’t specified; previous seasons have filmed in September.
ABC offered no other details, other than to say that it will basically be the same as before:
“The series, which is based on the U.K hit The Great British Baking Show, will once again showcase bakers from around the country putting their best sweet and savory creations forward as they compete in holiday-themed challenges and eliminations all hoping to be named “America’s Best Amateur Baker.”
Last season, there were six episodes, though they aired back-to-back over three weeks, so the show had a very brief run—especially compared to season two, which had eight episodes and concluded in January.
Season three was cancelled and never aired after Johnny Iuzzini was accused of sexual harassment and abuse.
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