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GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW, THE
Air Date: Thursday, December 01, 2016
Time Slot: 9:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#201/202) "Cake Week / Cookie Week"
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'THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW' PREMIERES THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1

Mary Berry, Nia Vardalos, Ian Gomez and Johnny Iuzzini Return to the American Adaption of the U.K.'s Most Watched Television Show

"Cake Week" & "Cookie Week" - On your marks, get set, bake! The most festive and friendliest competition on television is back. In a two-hour season premiere, "The Great American Baking Show" (formerly "The Great Holiday Baking Show") returns with slices of cake and plates of cookies, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 (9:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. EST)

Based on the hit U.K. series "The Great British Bake Off," "The Great American Baking Show" features ten all-new bakers from across the country battling through eight themed episodes, 24 challenges, and weekly eliminations, all in the hopes to be crowned "America's Best Amateur Baker." Nia Vardalos ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") and husband Ian Gomez ("Cougar Town") return as hosts. James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini is once again joined by Britain's "Royal Queen of Baking," Mary Berry, to judge the competition.

Hour one is cake. For their very first Signature Bake, the bakers are tasked with making bundt cakes inspired by winter flavors. Next up, a Technical Challenge of Mary Berry's recipe for apple almond cake. And lastly, The Showstopper Bake has these bakers constructing fantastical multi-tiered holiday celebration cakes.

Hour two is cookies. In their Signature Challenge, the bakers tackle bar cookies, showcasing everything from compotes to crumbles. In the Technical, Johnny challenges the bakers with a cookie that must be baked twice - biscotti. Then, in the Showstopper Bake, the bakers build elaborate 3D Iced Cookie Scenes.

"The Great American Baking Show" is from Love Productions and is executive produced by Richard McKerrow, Kevin Bartel, Simon Evans and Joey Allen.

"The Great Holiday Baking Show" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound.

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GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW, THE (ABC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
11/30/15 - ???
STATUS:
on hiatus or fate to be determined
TIME SLOT:
completed airing its current season
CURRENT SEASON:
2 (8 episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
completed airing its second season on 1/12/17; has yet to be renewed for a third season
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, October 2016) "THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW" - It's going to be a Very Mary Berry Christmas when "The Great American Baking Show" returns with a two-hour season premiere. Hosts Nia Vardalos ("My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding") and Ian Gomez ("Cougar Town") return with Britain's "Royal Queen of Baking," Mary Berry, and James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and author, Johnny Iuzzini, as judges where bakers from around the country will compete for the title of "America's Best Amateur Baker." Each week these bakers will share their recipes for holiday-themed fare with everything from cakes, cookies and pies on the dessert menu. "The Great American Baking Show" is from Love Productions and is executive produced by Richard McKerrow and Joey Allen. (9:00-11:00 p.m.)
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Ian Gomez as Host
· Johnny Iuzzini as Judge
· Mary Berry as Judge
· Nia Vardalos as Host
CREW INFORMATION:
· Joey Allen as EP
· Richard McKerrow as EP
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (competition)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Love Productions