The Great American Baking Show is returning for a fourth season despite the controversy surrounding one of its former judges in season three.
There are numerous shows which have both US and UK versions. For the most part, they tend to be the same, but are tweaked in order to appeal to the respective audiences either side of the Atlantic. The Office, X-Factor, Big Brother, just a few examples of British shows that have been adapted for American audiences.
One show that has taken British television by storm in recent years that most thought simply wouldn't work in the US is The Great British Bake Off. A reality show where you just watch people bake things? It shouldn't really work anywhere in the world, but it has UK audiences gripped every single year. Fans thought the concept simply couldn't work stateside, but it has done via The Great American Baking Show.
However, the show ran into some problems last year during season three. Now former judge Johnny Iuzzini was accused of sexual harassment by a number of women. The issues became so public that The Great American Baking Show had to be pulled from TV before season three had concluded. The eventual winner was later revealed, but the rest of the season never aired.
Despite the controversy, Reality Blurred has revealed that The Great American Baking Show will return for a fourth season. However, the cast has understandably been shaken up. Paul Hollywood will remain as one of the judges, while Iuzzini has been replaced by Sherry Yard of Cake Wars fame. Former Spice Girl Emma Bunton will also be joining the show as a replacement host for the departing Ayesha Curry.
So it's good news all around for American baking fans. The Great American Baking Show will return and hopefully encounter no more problems in its fourth season. It is also likely to have a festive theme. The show will return to ABC in December and the season will consist of six hour-long episodes. That means the show will probably air across the Christmas season, fitting.