ABC‘s The Taste has cooked up a new celebrity judge to replace Brian Malarkey, whose contract was not renewed in June. NY-based chef, restaurateur and author Marcus Samuelsson will join Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, and Ludo Lefebvre for Season 2 of the two-hour cooking competition show which is heading into production. A total of 16 competitors vie each episode as their creations are served blind to the foursome of judges who also serve as mentors. Samuelsson’s restaurant biz resume includes Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club, American Table Cafe and Bar by Marcus Samuelsson, and Uptown Brasserie. His book Yes, Chef is a NYT bestseller and his awards from the James Beard Foundation include Rising Star Chef (1999), Best Chef: New York City (2003), Best International Cookbook (2007), and Best Television Program (Chopped, 2012).
Jackie Chan’s ‘Chinese Zodiac’ Grosses $130M In 2 Weeks
In its two weeks of release in China, Jackie Chan’s Chinese Zodiac has grossed $116 million and another $14 million in other parts of Asia. As of January 6, CZ12, as it’s sometimes known, has also taken in $5.75 million in Malaysia, $3.67 in Singapore, $1.55 million in Thailand and $1.35 million in Vietnam, according to Film Business Asia. It has also grossed $1.38 million in Hong Kong, where it faced stiff competition from Hollywood titles including The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Les Misérables. It also has tallied roughly $600,000 in Taiwan since its release December 28. Later this month Chinese Zodiac is expteded to open in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Philippines and Russia.
CTV To Sample ‘The Taste’
Canada´s CTV has acquired broadcast rights to the U.S. version of The Taste. The ABC cooking competition show will be hosted by Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson and premieres in primetime January 22. ABC ordered nine episodes of the show that sees Bourdain and Lawson head a panel juding home cooks and restaurateurs who train in teams with mentors. Red Arrow International has sales on the show that was created by Kinetic Content. Other sales of The Taste include FOX in India, Australia´s Nine Network and M6 in France.
‘The Walking Dead’s International Premiere Eats Competition
The highest-rated non-sports telecast among adults 18-49 on all of U.S. television this fall was the third season premiere of AMC’s zombie drama The Walking Dead. The international premieres weren’t too shabby either. Fox International Channels completed its weeklong rollout of the first episode of Season 3 with 8.5M viewers, up 20% on the Season 2 debut. The first episode of Season 3 premiered in 122 countries across Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, defeating all cable competition in its time period with total viewers, and in some cases also beating its broadcast competition. Among some of the key markets that outpaced last season’s start are Peru (up 155%); Chile (up 133%) and Australia (up 44%). Across Fox in Latin America, the show was number 1 among all Pay TV channels in the 18-49 demo, delivering double or triple ratings compared to the previous 6 weeks’ primetime channel average. Other strong territories included the UK, Poland and Spain, where the premier outperformed Fox’s primetime average in the market by 712%.
Donald Trump Tries To Stop BBC Airing Doc
Lawyers for Donald Trump reached out to the BBC two days before it was set to air Anthony Baxter’s documentary You’ve Been Trumped about the real estate mogul’s alleged bullying of residents near his golf resort in Scotland. The attorneys were trying to stop Sunday night’s BBC Two broadcast, claiming it was highly defamatory, biased and misleading, according to The Guardian. The Trump organization threatened to complain directly to British regulator Ofcom if the screening went ahead. But the BBC showed the doc anyway to about 1.1M viewers. The letter from Trump’s reps had also asked for a right of reply at the end of the broadcast. Trump International Golf Links exec VP, Sarah Malone, told The Guardian: “We totally denounce the BBC for further abandoning its own editorial integrity by blatantly refusing us a right of reply at the end of the broadcast.” Picking up on the unfolding – and unrelated – turmoil at the BBC, she added, “It just goes to show that recent criticism of the BBC’s lack of sound editorial judgment to be correct.” In reply, the BBC issued a statement: “You’ve Been Trumped is an award-winning