11:20am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
Mo Rocca's 'My Grandmother's Ravioli' Renewed for Third Season (Exclusive)
Mo Rocca will be serving up another season of My Grandmother's Ravioli.
The Cooking Channel show will return for 13 more episodes in late 2014, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The series, inspired by the Sunday family dinners Rocca grew up enjoying at his grandmother's house, follows him as he visits grandparents across North America who introduce him to their most treasured family recipes.
“Mo Rocca is a deft storyteller, and though he shouldn’t necessarily be left to his own devices in the kitchen, under the watchful eye of America’s grandparents, it makes for a delicious recipe for television," said Cooking Channel's general manager and senior vp Michael Smith.
Rocca, who is a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, a panelist on NPR's Wait, Wait … Don't Tell Me! and host of Cooking Channel's Food(ography), tells THR that viewers can expect more diverse dishes, locations and couples in the coming season. After featuring several "sweet, warm grandparents" on the series, Rocca is ready to spice up the cast. "We want cranky, crusty grandparents who will really ride me," he quips.
His dream grandparents to put on the show? The stoic farmer couple in the painting "American Gothic."
"The best grandparents are the ones who probably have never seen the show and are definitely not interested in being on a reality show," Rocca tells THR. "Usually volunteered by their kids and their grandkids, they're people who just kind of do their own thing, spend time with their families and cook."
Casting for season three has just begun, and grandparents can be nominated here.
With three episodes remaining in season two, the show will feature its first gay couple on Jan. 8. The series currently airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m.