CMT Acquires Off-Network Rights to 'Hell's Kitchen'
CMT has acquired off-network rights to Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen.
The cable network announced the multi-year deal for the cooking competition series with distributor Debmar-Mercury on Wednesday. CMT will air Hell's Kitchen weekdays beginning Monday, May 27, at 12 p.m. The show will also be available on CMT video on demand.
“The high energy and drama Gordon Ramsay brings to this series is a perfect companion to the CMT brand and complements our action-packed summer lineup nicely,” said Katie Buchanan, senior vp programming strategy at CMT.
“CMT will provide the ideal environment for the terrific Hell's Kitchen brand, ensuring that it thrives in both the off-network cable and first-run broadcast arenas,” said Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein.
Hell's Kitchen, a U.S. version of the British series, premiered May 30, 2005, on Fox, and follows 12 competing chefs as they prepare for the demands of the restaurant's opening night under the guidance of Ramsay.