“I’m breaking my own news today! I’ve decided it’s time to bring Kitchen Nightmares to a close. Been 10 great years,” Gordon Ramsay tweeted before dawn today, reducing the number of Gordon Ramsay Culinary Repertory Theater offerings by one. Imagine Fox‘s surprise – the network’s reality TV team and Gordon were on the same page about wrapping up this show,so he didn’t set their pants on fire, but the announcement timing was all his. Contacted for comment, Fox said it had no comment.
Sometime this morning, Ramsay also posted on his website about the Fox utility player, that just finished its seventh season: ”As filming comes to a close on the latest series of Kitchen Nightmares I’ve decided to stop making the show…I’ve had a phenomenal 10 years making 123 episodes, 12 seasons, shot across 2 continents, watched by tens of millions of people and sold to over 150 countries. It’s been a blast but it’s time to call it a day.” Read More »
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The title “hardest working man in show biz” is a hotly contested one but certainly Gordon Ramsay has his name in the mix. With a mini-empire on Fox, the chef is no wallflower in either his opinions or his work ethic with five shows on the network. The most recent Stateside offering of the Order of the British Empire recipient is MasterChef Junior, which debuted in September last year with Ramsay will again be joined by restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich and chef Graham Elliot joining Ramsay judging would-be chefs between the ages 8-13. Produced by Shine America and Ramsay’s One Potato Two Potato, the series served up strong ratings in its Friday slot and has been renewed for both a second and third season. Shooting in Spain for the UK version of Kitchen Nightmares, Ramsay reflected on the other side of him that MasterChef Junior revealed, how to stay at the top of your game and the need to refresh.
DEADLINE: Gordon, you’re a big picture guy, what’s the state of unscripted TV today?
GORDON RAMSAY: The state of unscripted television right now is edgy. It’s compulsive viewing. I think it is about jeopardy in unscripted drama, which is something that a lot of producers fail to spot. For me, the essence of Reality TV is all about drama. So, I think bringing pressure is healthy whether it’s a professional chef or a domestic chef. Because the only way ever to really identify the true purpose of how good they are is submerging them under pressure. So I say it’s no different than a live football game because it’s about the intensity.
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Fox ordered a second season of Gordon Ramsay‘s cooking competition series MasterChef Junior only in December, but today said that it has added a third installment of eight episodes. Production on both Season 2 and Season 3 will start in the spring. Host/executive Ramsay will again be joined by restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich and chef Graham Elliot on the judging panel. MasterChef Junior, which features aspiring chefs between ages 8-13 competing in food challenges, had a solid first season this fall, averaging 5.1 million total viewers and ranking No. 1 in its Friday 8 PM time period among adults 18-49, adults 18-34 and teens. It improved Fox’s performance in the hour versus last year by +58% in adults 18-49. Shine America and Ramsay’s One Potato Two Potato are producers of the series, based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Shine. Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, Robin Ashbrook, Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers.
Rome Fest Adds ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ 3 Others To Competition Lineup
The Rome Film Festival last week scored a Continental premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and now has added four high-profile indie titles to its competition roster. Isabel Coixet’s Another Me, Matthew McConaughey starrer Dallas Buyers Club, Spike Jonze’s Her and Scott Cooper’s Out Of The Furnace are the first films to be unveiled in the competition section. Rome runs from November 8-17.
Zodiak Sells ‘The Returned’ To Canada, Australia
Zodiak Rights has closed new deals for its popular French supernatural series The Returned (aka Rebound). Canada’s Bell Media has taken broadcast rights to the drama that first aired on France’s Canal Plus. Also picking it up is SBS in Australia, where it will air at the end of the year. Universal Pictures just released the DVD in the UK. Produced by Haut et Court, The Returned was the highest-rated original drama of all time on Canal Plus. Since then, it has aired in the UK on Channel 4 and recently was acquired for the U.S. by Sundance Channel and Music Box. It’s also getting an English-language remake courtesy of Paul Abbot. Read More »
Gordon Ramsay dodged repeated attempts to get him to address how sweet he was to the kids in the sizzle reel shown to TV critics for his new Fox series Masterchef Junior. This competition, open to kids 8 to 13, debuts next month. In the sizzle reel, he’s more Mary Poppins than Gordon Ramsay, which surprised the critics. But every time he got asked about it, which was a lot, he began to tap dance away from the question, chatting about his having four children of his own, about how the show “wasn’t about rich kids with multi-millionaire parents” (nobody had suggested it was) and that some of the children are taking cooking lessons during the week. Exasperated TV critics finally took to asking the kid competitors if they were afraid of Ramsay. “I’ve seen almost all of Gordon Ramsay’s shows but I wasn’t frightened – he can’t really be mean because we’re kids!” said precocious 9-year-old Sarah of Pacific Palisades, CA. Sara is Season 1’s cutie – she was seated next to Ramsey during the Q&A session for maximum photo op. Another critic took a stab, asking Ramsay if there was a “Curse Word Jar” and how much he had contributed. “My wife is an ex-school teacher,” Ramsay began to tappity tip tap. “I don’t think I swore once [on this show],” he said.
“Twice,” corrected little Gavin, of San Francisco, holding up two fingers. Read More »
Gordon Ramsay‘s worldwide restaurant empire is in shambles with splashy eateries closing left and right or sitting empty. But Fox continues to prop up his image by signing a new multiyear deal with the bad-tempered, foul-mouthed chef and ordering a new Masterchef spinoff for the 2013-2014 season as well as additional season orders for Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef. This now brings to five the number of stale Ramsay shows which Fox will air, demonstrating how unscripted TV czar Mike Darnell is utterly devoid of new ideas and new faces:
FOX has picked up JUNIOR MASTERCHEF, a new culinary competition series for talented kids between the ages of eight and 13 who love to cook, as part of a new multi-year deal with award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, it was announced today by Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
As part of Ramsay’s new deal, FOX also has picked up one additional season of HELL’S KITCHEN and two more seasons of MASTERCHEF. The deal will extend HELL’S KITCHEN to a 13th season and bring MASTERCHEF to a fifth and sixth season. The addition of JUNIOR MASTERCHEF brings the total number of Ramsay-led shows airing on FOX to five, including MASTERCHEF, HELL’S KITCHEN, HOTEL HELL and KITCHEN NIGHTMARES.
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EXCLUSIVE: Producer Scott Stuber (Ted) is teaming with TV chef Gordon Ramsay for The Inferno, an NBC drama project set in a restaurant. It was created by Liz Garcia and Josh Harto, creators of TNT’s underrated dramedy Memphis Beat, with Smash director Michael Mayer attached to direct. I hear Inferno landed at NBC in a competitive situation with Fox, home of Gordon’s unscripted series Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares and Hotel Hell.
The Inferno is described as a dark, operatic drama about two fledgling New York restaurateurs who, on the eve of bankruptcy, decide to hire a magnetic, fiery, larger-than-life mysterious Italian chef. His arrival changes these best friends’ fortunes by making their restaurant the talk of the town, giving them everything they’ve ever wanted — but at a terrible cost. While the setup could evoke Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, in which he helps failing restaurants, and foul-mouthed Ramsay too can be described as fiery and larger-than-life, the character in Inferno is not based on him, though he is expected to contribute with stories from his experiences.
Universal TV is producing Inferno with Stuber’s studio-based Bluegrass Television as well as Ramsay’s One Potato, Two Potato. Executive producing are Garcia, Harto, Mayer, Bluegrass’ Stuber and Quan Phung, and One Potato’s Ramsay … Read More »
Fox has given Gordon Ramsay’s newest reality series Hotel Hell a second-season order. After having its premiere date pushed a couple of times, Hotel Hell posted the highest-rated series debut of the summer and ranks as this summer’s No. 1 new series among Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34 as well as other demos. “With Hotel Hell, Gordon has proved once again that he’s one of the most successful and appealing personalities on television,” said Fox’s president of alternative entertainment Mike Darnell. “He delivered an amazing new show for us this summer that fans immediately embraced.”
Hotel Hell, in which Ramsay whips failing hotels into shape, joins Ramsay’s MasterChef, which was renewed for a fourth season last month, and his flagship Hell’s Kitchen, which received a two-season pickup in April. Hotel Hell, whose freshman season finale airs Monday, is produced by Ramsay’s One Potato Two Potato Inc. Ramsay, Ben Adler, Patricia Llewellyn and Adeline Ramage Rooney serve as executive producers.
Gordon Ramsay’s new Fox reality series Hotel Hell has been assigned a premiere date. The show, featuring Ramsay as he attempts to fix troubled hotels, will debut with a two-night series premiere Monday, August 13 and Tuesday, August 14 from 8-9 PM. It will continue airing in its Monday 8-9 PM slot beginning August 20. Hotel Hell was first scheduled to premiere April 6 and then on June 4, but it was held back both times.
Today is shaping up as a day for cooking show renewals. On the heels of Bravo announcing the pickup of veteran Top Chef for a 10th season a couple of hours ago, Fox just announced that it has ordered a 16-episode fifth season of Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares. “It’s great to be back for a fifth season … who knew there were that many nightmares to be had?!,” Ramsay said. So far, Ramsay has traveled to restaurants on the brink of closure in 54 cities to dispense advise and tough love. The series has been a utility player for Fox, currently airing in the Friday 8 PM slot. Kitchen Nightmares is produced by ITV Studios America and Optomen in association with A. Smith & Co. Ramsey, Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Patricia Llewellyn executive produce.
The Gordon Ramsay supremacy at Fox continues. The network has ordered a third season of MasterChef, one of four reality series the foul-mouthed British chef has on the network. Ramsay will return to the judging panel of the culinary competition along with his fellow judges: restaurateur Joe Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and chef Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot, Grahamwich). Open casting calls in several cities begin October 29. In addition to MasterChef, Ramsay has Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares and the upcoming Hotel Hell on Fox.
Fox already has three successful cooking series with Gordon Ramsay on the air. Now the network has ordered a fourth reality series from the Scottish chef, this time set in the hotel business. The title of the new series, Hotel Hell, is reminiscent of Ramsay’s flagship show on Fox, Hell’s Kitchen, while its premise is similar to that of his makeover Fox series Kitchen Nightmares. Hotel Hell, from Ramsay’s One Potato Two Potato production company, will feature Ramsay and a team of hospitality experts traveling across the country to fix struggling or mediocre hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts. In his trademark no-holds-barred style, Ramsay will go head-to-head with the owners and staff as he tries to whip the failing hotels into shape by making them fix their problems — from dirty bedrooms and mold-ridden bathrooms to incompetent employees or sub-par customer service. “These are stories that everyone can relate to, because virtually all of us have had a bad hotel experience that’s turned a holiday or business trip into a total disaster,” Ramsay said. “It’s time to put the hospitality industry to the test.” On the show, Ramsay will call on more than a decade of experience running restaurants in top hotels around the world, traveling as well as running a boutique hotel in London. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: TV’s top chef, reality star and producer Gordon Ramsay, has signed with CAA. For the past five years he was at WME and its predecessor Endeavor. Under his current deal with Fox, which runs through 2014, Ramsay is the star and executive producer of three series on the network, all reliable ratings performers: Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares and MasterChef. Veteran Hell’s Kitchen has been renewed for Seasons 9, which will air over the summer, and 10, which will run next season. MasterChef has been picked up for a second cycle to air in the summer, and Season 3 of Kitchen Nightmares currently airs on Fridays.
Additionally, Ramsay has three British series, Hell’s Kitchen, The F Word and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. His new shows, including his latest Fox entry MasterChef, are being produced through One Potato Two Potato, Ramsay’s joint production venture with Optomen Television. Ramsay also is a best-selling author of cookbooks and owner of the longest-running London restaurant to maintain three Michelin stars.
In adding to Ramsay, CAA reps several other TV chefs, including Tom Colicchio, Rocco Dispirito, Grant Achatz, Ludo Lefebvre, and Duff Goldman.
Fox has renewed Gordon Ramsay’s newest culinary competition series, Masterchef, for a second season. This is Ramsay’s third successful series on Fox, following Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares. The other person with 3 series on Fox – Seth MacFarlane. Masterchef was the highest-rated new summer series among adults 18-49. It is produced by Reveille, Shine TV and One Potato Two Potato.