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Glad MasterChef is nearly over? Sick to the soggy bottom of Bake Off innuendo? From Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch to I Can Cook and Junior Bake Off, children’s TV is where cookery shows get an injection of glucose-crazed energy
Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch, which began this week on Cbbc, is a gateway to a glossier, better world: one where food isn’t about competition, but rather stuff that tastes nice. The Ramsay Bunch in question is Gordon Ramsay’s family, but the star of the show is his smiley 13-year-old daughter Matilda.
She’s not as pottymouthed as her famous dad, but she reckons she’s already a better chef. Sporting freakishly manicured red nails, she’s bubbling over with enthusiasm for her dishes and beneath the basic recipes lie some trademark Ramsay twists.
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- Hannah Verdier
Endemol Shine North America, the result of a joint venture uniting Endemol, Shine and Core Media and now the largest independent production and distribution group in the world, has announced its new executive management structure.
Ben Samek, who had been COO for Endemol North America, has been named chief operating officer for Endemol Shine North America, reporting to both Charlie Corwin and Cris Abrego, the co-chairmen and co-CEOs of the company.
Corwin and Abrego’s teams oversee a diverse programming lineup including “Big Brother” (CBS), “MasterChef” and “MasterChef Junior” (Fox), “The Biggest Loser” (NBC), “Hell on Wheels” (AMC), “Kingdom” (DirecTV), “Wipeout” (ABC) and the nationally syndicated “Steve Harvey.”
- Debra Birnbaum
Fox has set its summer premiere dates for a slate that includes the global premiere of M. Night Shyamalan’s event series “Wayward Pines” and the return of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” while also announcing spring finale dates for current series.
As previously announced, “Wayward Pines” kicks off Fox’s summer on May 14, the final Thursday of the television season, as the psychological thriller opens globally in more than 125 countries simultaneously. The network is working alongside Fox International Channels for what it says will be the world’s largest day-and-date launch ever for a scripted series.
“MasterChef” cooks up its sixth season on Wed., May 20, with a two-hour premiere, and will begin airing in its regular 8-9 p.m. timeslot one week later. »
- Rick Kissell
Fox set premiere dates Monday for its explosive new quiz series “Boom!” and a revamped edition of “So You Think You Can Dance.” The network also announced premiere dates for its other summer offerings, including Gordon Ramsay’s competitive cooking show “Masterchef” and the trivia series “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” See Photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2015 “Boom!,” the network’s new reality series centered around answering questions and defusing fake bombs, will premiere Thursday, June 25, “Sytycd” premieres Monday, June 1, “Masterchef” returns Wednesday, May 20 and “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” returns Tuesday, May 26. Hosted by comedian Tom Papa (“The. »
- Travis Reilly
Prepare to get your groove back on Monday, June 1.
That’s when Season 12 of So You Think You Can Dance will tap/twirl/crunk its way back onto Fox at 8/7c, the network announced Monday.
The dance competition, which previously aired Wednesdays, will kick off its audition rounds at 8 pm. For the first time, street dancers will battle stage dancers for the title of America’s Favorite Dancer; as previously reported, host Cat Deeley and returning judge Nigel Lythgoe will be joined by Paul Abdul (American Idol) and singer Jason Derulo.
While popular celebrity chef and food reality star Gordon Ramsay is known for his potty mouth, the apple falls far from his tree when it comes to his kids, and he wants to keep all family conversations as tasteful as possible. So he's come up with a code system. And of course, it's food-themed. The 48-year-old restaurateur and star of several reality shows, such as MasterChef and Kitchen Nightmares, and wife Tana have four children—Megan, 16, Matilda, or "Tilly," 13, and 15-year-old twins, Jack and Holly. "They don't curse," he told Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in an episode that aired on Tuesday. "How is that possible...is that their »
Kris Jenner not knowing which way is up, Dermot O'Leary propped on Amanda Holden's knee and the entirety of Danny Dyer's speech - there were definitely a lot of funny and bizarre moments during last night's National Television Awards.
And Digital Spy had front row (well, near enough) seats to both the ceremony and afterparty - so here's 20 things that you wouldn't have seen on TV last night.
National Television Awards 2015 as it happened: Live blog
NTAs 2015: Best reactions to 'Georgie Shore', David Tennant and more
1. We were seated in the first row, outside of the red-carpeted pen that was holding all the celebs at the front. Sat next to us were some of the Geordie (or should that be Georgie, Kris Jenner?) Shore lads and lasses that didn't quite make the cut into being classed as proper celebrities. Marnie Simpson, along with newbies Chloe November and Nathan Henry, »
Hosted by Dermot O'Leary, the ceremony welcomed a host of stars from the small screen in celebrating the best in British television.
National TV Awards 2015 - as it happened
Highlights from the glitzy ceremony also shed light on the ongoing 'Who killed Lucy?' EastEnders storyline with a new clue, Simon Cowell begrudgingly accepting David Walliams's TV judge award on his behalf and Pixie Lott's duet with The Proclaimers.
The National TV Awards winners in full:
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
It is no secret that I prefer MasterChef Junior to its adult counterpart, and thankfully, the folks at Fox believe the same. After the success of the show’s second season, a third season was quickly ushered to air, and a fourth season has just finished casting and will commence production in the next few months. This season, chef Joe Bastianich has left the MasterChef judging panel, but Christina Tosi, from Momofuku Milk Bar has joined the franchise and we’ll see her in the show’s next cycle (MasterChef, Season 6) where she will join Chefs Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot. Also … Continue reading →
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- Kellie Freeze
"MasterChef Junior"'s TCA panel started earlier, during the executive session, when Dana Walden pointed out that the series is "one of only eight shows that has grown season to season." Its growth and growing popularity may be due to its truly aspirational format and formula of subjecting super-adorable and super-talented kids to the rigors of a professional cooking competition. But don't underestimate power of the cute kids. Seven of those young contestants were on hand to answer questions, perform a song they'd written ("The Box," referring to one of the show's elements) and choreographed. They later helped critics make cake balls, which mostly meant being super-nice and gracious about our inability to crumble cake and reform it into balls. (They also graciously ignored all the giggling about the double entendre.) The prevailing theme during the press conference seemed to be the innocence and wholesomeness that pervades "MasterChef Junior," and »
- Andy Dehnart
“Restaurants are a marriage of two things: art and commerce. It’s the hardest things to put together,” he said. “It’s the sexiest and crappiest investment on the planet.”
In its second season, the series follows Love and Joe Bastianich as they vie against each other to invest their own money in food concepts. Each week, two teams compete and try to sway both restaurateurs. Bastianich, former judge on Fox’s “Masterchef, »
- Alicia Banks
A cook has left the kitchen. Joe Bastianich made headlines in November when he announced he was leaving MasterChef and its spinoff MasterChef Junior after starring in both as a judge since the original Fox series' debuted in 2010. "After several gratifying years as a judge on MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, I have decided not to return for a sixth season," Bastianich said on his Facebook page. And now, Bastianich is once again speaking out on leaving Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot behind. At the panel for Restaurant Startup, which just returned to record-high ratings in its second season, at the 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour on Friday, »
Fans of cooking shows and Gordon Ramsey, get excited. Fox has renewed its reality competition show MasterChef Junior for a fourth season. While the sixth season of the original Masterchef is currently in production and set to premiere on Fox this summer, production on MasterChef Junior Season 4 will begin this spring, meaning that the show will most likely return to the network sometime in the fall or early in 2016. In addition to the renewal news, it was also announced that Christina Tosi, renowned pastry chef and owner and founder of New York City’s Milk Bar, will be joining Ramsay and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot on both the judging panels for both MasterChef Junior and the original MasterChef. “MasterChef has been one of my favorite shows since it began, and like so many others, I fell in love with MasterChef Junior,” said Tosi. “I’m incredibly humbled by the opportunity and… »
- Chris King
Fox has renewed MasterChef Junior for a fourth season. The second season was up about 20% when compared to the first cycle. The third season got off to a good start last week.
Here's the press release:
All-New Episode of Masterchef Junior Airs Tonight on Fox
Fox has ordered up a fourth season of “MasterChef Junior,” which has continued to perform well for the network in tough timeslots.
This season, “MasterChef Junior” is television’s No. 1-rated cooking show among adults 18-49 and total viewers (6 million). It was a ratings winner when it premiered in the fall of 2013 on Fridays, and then has held its own on Tuesdays this season despite facing the likes of “The Voice” and “NCIS.”
Fox also said Tuesday that Christina Tosi, renowned pastry chef, owner and founder of New York City’s Milk Bar, will join chefs Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot on both the “MasterChef” and “MasterChef Junior” judging panels.
- Rick Kissell
Fox renewed cooking show “MasterChef Junior” for Season 4 on Tuesday, with the new series to begin production this Spring.
The network also announced that pastry chef Christina Tosi will join the judging panel for both shows in the competitive cooking franchise, including the original, “MasterChef.” The renowned cook and restaurateur replaces departing judge Joe Bastianich and will be flanked by returning chefs Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot on the panel.
See Photos: Neil Patrick Harris Tests Top Chefs, Emmy Acting Nominees Toast Each Other
- Travis Reilly
The kids aren't done cooking quite yet. Fox has just announced that it's ordered a fourth season of MasterChef Junior. In addition to the new season, the show will also add a new face: Christina Tosi, the owner of New York City's Milk Bar, will join Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliott on both the MasterChef and MasterChef Junior judging panels. "MasterChef has been one of my favorite shows since it began, and like so many others, I fell in love with MasterChef Junior," Tosi said in a press release. "I'm incredibly humbled by the opportunity and excited to pay »
- Samantha Highfill
Ignoring the tears of kiddie cooks whose soufflés just don’t pass muster, Fox has renewed MasterChef Junior for a fourth season.
Production on the Gordon Ramsay-fronted cooking-competition-for-the-Nickelodeon-set’s Season 4 will begin this spring. Season 3 currently airs Tuesdays at 8/7c.
“Christina is one of the most exciting, dynamic and inspirational people in food today, whose brilliant ideas and incredible work ethic have resulted in a meteoric rise in the culinary world, »
But that's not the only big news surrounding the cooking competition franchise. Pastry chef Christina Tosi is joining Ramsay and Graham Elliot on the judging panel for both MasterChef and MasterChef Junior. She is the owner and founder of Milk Bar in New York City, which has another location in Toronto and soon-to-be in Washington, DC. She won the James Beard Rising Star Chef Award in 2012 and was a finalist for the James Beard Outstanding Pastry Chef Award in 2014.
Just three weeks after season 2 of MasterChef Junior crowned Logan its winner, Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich welcome another 19 junior chefs into the MasterChef kitchen. As in previous seasons, the competition is pretty tight with these 8- to 13-year-olds wowing the judges with impressive dish after impressive dish, some I've never even heard of. In this week's season 3 premiere, "The Class of 2015," five are eliminated and I can tell it's going to be a very close season. »
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