My thoughts on three new (or new-ish) holiday-themed reality competitions: Peacock’s Baking It, Hulu’s Candified: Home for the Holidays; and Food Network’s Buddy vs. Duff Holiday.
“NO SEASON 3! NO!” Duff Goldman tweeted at the end of Food Network’s Buddy vs. Duff season 2. But Buddy vs. Duff 3 is back, framed as a tiebreaker between Cake Boss Buddy Valastro and Ace of Cakes Duff Goldman, who are now good friends. But what can this possibly tell us that we don’t know?
Buddy vs. Duff 2’s finale had Duff Goldman and Buddy Valastro competing in a challenge with a Star Wars theme, and we could’ve guessed who’d win even before it started.
Buddy vs. Duff 2 is not the odd and flimsy competition that season one was. It’s a lot more playful and fun—though it’s still a little sketchy.
Buddy vs. Duff, a competition between Duff Goldman and Buddy Valastro, was a disaster of a competition series, but more people watched that than anything else on Food Network all year. That’s insane.
Buddy Valastro’s Cake Boss is returning, but not on either TLC or Food Network.
Food Network brought together its own Duff Goldman and TLC’s Buddy Valastro for a competition that isn’t doing either of them any favors.