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OCT
17
1 years

CBS Orders Cooking Competition Series 'Bake Off'

The effort, which hails from Richard McKerrow, is based on the U.K.'s "The Great British Bake Off," one of BBC2's highest-rated original series.

The Great British Bake Off - H 2012
"The Great British Bake Off"

CBS is ready to do some baking.

The network has given series orders to Bake Off, an adaption of the U.K.'s The Great British Bake Off, CBS announced Wednesday.

From Love Productions USA and EP Richard McKerrow (Britain's Missing Top Model, Naked), the series features skilled amateur Americans competing in baking challenges with one ultimately being crowned the winner.

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The series landed at CBS in a competitive situation. The U.K. adaptation has been a ratings breakout for BBC2, with Tuesday's third-season finale earning a 25.3 percent share among British viewers -- a series high.

The international format has also performed well in Denmark and Sweden, where it stands as the highest-rated show in DR-1 history. The series has also been adapted in Belgium, Poland, Australia, Ireland, Norway and France.

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The pickup comes as cooking series continue to pop up across cable and broadcast networks. Fox, for example, has found success with Gordon Ramsay's unscripted series Kitchen Nightmares and Hell's Kitchen, expanding the franchise into a hotel series with Hotel Hell, which recently earned a second season.

For CBS, the pickup comes after the network became the first to ax a freshman series, canceling rookie drama Made in Jersey after two under-performing episodes. Bake Off joins a roster of unscripted fare at the network including Survivor and The Amazing Race.

Watch an episode of the U.K. edition, below.

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