The Great American Baking Show Could Reunite Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood
When Great British Bake Off judge and possible superhuman Mary Berry left the show alongside hosts Mel Gidroyc and Sue Perkins last year, it seemed her time alongside fellow judge Paul Hollywood had come to a close. But viewers hoping to once again hear the hard-won praise of Berry's "that's a great flavor " ring out in glorious harmony with a Paul Hollywood-intoned "beautiful sponge" may once again get the chance, and in the US at that.
The history of the Great American Baking Show, the US GBBO-variant whose most recent seasoned also featured Hollywood as a judge, is unfortunately dark: ABC pulled season three before it finished airing after judge Johnny Iuzzini was accused by eight different women of sexual harassment and physical threats. With its already less-than-ideal ratings, the future of the show would seem to be in question, but ABC seems to be determined to keep it going, and seem to be pulling out all the stops to do so.
Which could mean that Mary Berry will be heading stateside to rejoin Paul Hollywood in the tent. As reported by The Sun, ABC Network President Channing Dungey is optimistic about the possible reunion, "depending on the schedule," while the British tabloids anonymous internal sources say that "the Mary and Paul combo is a winning formula and American bosses are well aware of that." (Despite, it seems, the latter's recent costume controversy and criticisms from contestants).
That schedule could prove a stumbling block though, as with multiple upcoming shows, the chef and bestselling author is one of the busiest 82-year olds around. Interestingly, she has also already been a judge on the Great American Baking Show's first two seasons, leaving just as Hollywood joined for Season 3. With the Great British Bakeoff still recovering from its accidental finale spoiler, and new competitors like The Big Family Cooking Shodown (hosted by GBBO winner Nadiya Hussain), the reunion could bring the world some more of the Bakeoff magic we could all use in 2018.