CBC orders second batch of The Great Canadian Baking Show

The competition show was the most-watched unscripted series on the pubcaster in the past five years.
Great Canadian Baking Show

The CBC has renewed its culinary competition show The Great Canadian Baking Show for a second season.

Produced by Proper Television, the eight-episode, hour-long second season will begin production in Toronto this summer. It’s set to air during the pubcaster’s fall schedule.

Based on the British format The Great British Baking Show, the series invites 10 amateur bakers across Canada to compete in a series of culinary challenges. Each episode features three rounds, with judges ultimately narrowing the field down to three bakers who battle for the title of Canada’s best baker. Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek) and Julia Chan (Saving Hope) (pictured above) host the show, with pastry chefs Bruno Feldeisen and Rochelle Adonis judging.

The Great Canadian Baking Show debuted on CBC in November 2016, and according to data from CBC, it was the most-watched unscripted series to debut on the pubcaster in the past five years. The series reached 1.4 million viewers in Canada every week, on average.

In preparation for the second season, the CBC is looking for the next batch of Canada’s bakers to compete. The series is produced in association with CBC and the U.K.’s Love Productions. Love Productions owns the format and distribution is handled by Sky Vision.