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 …
Global Showbiz Briefs: Rome Fest Adds Four To Competition Lineup; ‘The Returned’ Sells To Canada, Australia; More
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.
TCA: Gordon Ramsay Protects Reputation, Refuses To Discuss Being Nice To Kids On ‘Masterchef Junior’
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …