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GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW, THE
Air Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
Time Slot: 9:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#501) "Cake and Bread Week"
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SEASON PREMIERE

IT'S CAKE AND BREAD WEEK ON THE TWO-HOUR SEASON PREMIERE OF ABC'S 'THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW: HOLIDAY EDITION'

Emma Bunton, Anthony 'Spice' Adams, Sherry Yard and Paul Hollywood Return in the American Adaptation of the U.K.'s Most-Watched Television Show

"Cake and Bread Week" - On your marks, get set, bake! Cake and bread are on the menu when 10 aspiring bakers from around the country step into the famous white tent to tackle the challenges of cake and bread in the two-hour season premiere of "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition," THURSDAY, DEC. 12 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.

From sweet and savory cakes - including the surprise ingredient of olive oil - to baking bread for the man who literally wrote the book on the subject, these bakers put their best recipes and technical knowledge to task, all hoping to receive the coveted "Hollywood Handshake" and the title of "America's Best Amateur Baker."

The series, which is based on the U.K. hit "The Great British Baking Show," showcases bakers from around the country putting their best sweet and savory creations forward as they compete in holiday-themed challenges and eliminations all hoping to be named "America's Best Amateur Baker."

"The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" is hosted by Spice Girl and television personality Emma Bunton and former NFL Chicago Bears defensive tackle Anthony "Spice" Adams. Three-time James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Sherry Yard and expert baker and bestselling cookbook author Paul Hollywood ("The Great British Baking Show") return to judge the decadent and delicious treats these bakers will create while sharing advice and commentary in regard to the bakers' technique and skill.

Season five bakers include the following:
Dana Commandatore, Los Angeles, CA
Brother Andrew Corriente, Washington, DC
Sarita Gelner, St. Louis, MO
Bianca Jackson, Seattle, WA
Carlos Marquina, Ontario, CA
Sally Newton, Manhattan, KS
Tanya Ott, Bethalto, IL
Helen Pantazis, St. Louis, MO
Marissa Troeschel, Portland, OR
Alex Willis, Los Angeles, CA

"The Great American Baking Show" is from Love Productions and developed by Richard McKerrow and Anna Beattie. Executive producers are Richard McKerrow, Faye Stapleton and Simon Evans.

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GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW, THE (ABC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
11/30/15 - ???
STATUS:
on hiatus or fate to be determined
TIME SLOT:
completed airing its current season
CURRENT SEASON:
5 (8 episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
completed airing its fifth season on 1/2/20; has yet to be renewed for a sixth season
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, November 2019) ABC is the home for unforgettable holiday programming as the network celebrates the joy of the season. In November, the network serves up a bounty of Thanksgiving-themed episodes and the classic animated special "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving." In December, ABC decks the halls with special Christmas and Hanukkah-themed episodes - the return of fan-favorite series "The Great Christmas Light Fight" and "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition"; and an all-new holiday movie, "Same Time, Next Christmas," starring Lea Michele. Timeless cartoons and beloved holiday films will also return. The fun continues after Christmas with New Year's-themed programming ringing in 2020.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Anthony "Spice" Adams as Host (Season 3- )
· Emma Bunton as Host (Season 4- )
· Paul Hollywood as Judge (Season 3- )
· Sherry Yard as Judge (Season 4- )
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Ayesha Curry as Host (Season 3)
· Ian Gomez as Host (Season 1-2)
· Johnny Iuzzini as Judge (Season 1-3)
· Mary Berry as Judge (Season 1-2)
· Nia Vardalos as Host (Season 1-2)
CREW INFORMATION:
· Anna Beattie as CRTR
· Faye Stapleton as EP
· Richard McKerrow as CRTR/EP
· Simon Evans as EP
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (competition)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Love Productions