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GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW, THE
Air Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#208) "The Finals"
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IT'S THE SEASON FINALE OF 'THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW'

"The Finals" - This year's competition was bigger than ever, with twice as many weeks and twice as many challenges. Ten amateur bakers from across the country entered the tent, and now only two remain. The winner of this week will be named America's Best Amateur Baker, on "The Great American Baking Show," THURSDAY, JANUARY 12 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

As always, the bakers will face three challenges: The Signature, The Technical and The Showstopper. But this week, the bakes will test the bakers' skills across a wide variety of disciplines. These are the most difficult challenges the bakers have faced so far, under the tightest time constraints, and, at this level, the judges will be looking at the tiniest of details, as they decide who walks away with the title.

Family, friends and many familiar faces from the competition all gather for a large celebration party, where this year's winner of "The Great American Baking Show" will be announced.

Hosted by Nia Vardalos ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") and Ian Gomez ("Cougar Town,") "The Great American Baking Show" features Britain's "Royal Queen of Baking," Mary Berry, and James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and author Johnny Iuzzini as judges, where each week they will taste the decadent and delicious holiday fare these bakers create, as they throw down their best culinary skills, all hoping to be named "America's Best Amateur Baker."

"The Great American Baking Show" is from Love Productions and is executive produced by Richard McKerrow, Kevin Bartel, Simon Evans and Joey Allen.

"The Great American Baking Show" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound.

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GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW, THE (ABC)
Returns in December 2017 (Exact Date TBA)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
11/30/15 - ???
STATUS:
returning in 2017/2018 (date TBA)
TIME SLOT:
not on the schedule
CURRENT SEASON:
3 (??? episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2017-18 season (the show's third) on 9/21/17
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, September 2017) It's back! "The Great American Baking Show," based on the U.K. sensation, "The Great British Bake Off," returns for a third season on ABC this December. Hosted by New York Times best-selling cookbook author and television personality, Ayesha Curry, and former NFL star and media personality, Anthony "Spice" Adams, this dynamic duo brings "The Great American Baking Show" a delicious new dash of holiday-themed recipes and competition this December. "The Great American Baking Show" showcases some of the nation's best bakers as they compete in a series of themed challenges and eliminations all hoping to be crowned "America's Best Amateur Baker."
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Anthony "Spice" Adams as Host (Season 3- )
· Ayesha Curry as Host (Season 3- )
· Johnny Iuzzini as Judge
· Mary Berry as Judge
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Ian Gomez as Host (Season 1-2)
· Nia Vardalos as Host (Season 1-2)
CREW INFORMATION:
· Anna Beattie as CRTR
· Faye Stapleton as EP
· Kevin Bartel as EP
· Richard McKerrow as CRTR/EP
· Simon Evans as EP
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (competition)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Love Productions