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The network has given a series order to “Bake Off,” an adaptation of the United Kingdom’s “The Great British Bake Off,” CBS announced Wednesday.
The series will feature skilled amateur Americans competing in baking challenges, with one ultimately being crowned the winner.
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 also has performed well in Denmark and Sweden, where it stands as the highest-rated show in DR-1 history. The series also has been adapted in Belgium, Poland, Australia, Ireland, Norway and France.
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 the rookie drama “Made in Jersey” after two underperforming episodes. “Bake Off” will join a roster of unscripted fare at the network, including “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race.”
The off-Broadway Atlantic Theater Co. said Thursday that Mr. Bauer will star in a production of “What Rhymes With America” by Melissa James Gibson. Previews begin Nov. 19. The play opens Dec. 12.
The cast also includes Aimee Carrero, Seana Kofoed and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.
Mr. Bauer plays Detective Andy Bellefleur in “True Blood” and is known for his role as union boss Frank Sobotka on the TV series “The Wire.” He made his Broadway debut in “A Streetcar Named Desire” in 2005.
The company said the new play is “about estrangement and the partially examined life.” Ms. Gibson, a staff writer on the FX show “The Americans,” also wrote the play “This.”
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