CTV takes Canadian broadcast rights to ABC’s The Taste

CTV will debut ABC's version of the culinary competition series featuring judges Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson with a two-part premiere on Jan. 22 and Jan. 27.

Bell Media’s CTV has acquired the Canadian broadcast rights to ABC’s version of culinary competition series The Taste.

The news was announced Wednesday during the Television Critics Association tour.

The series will debut on CTV with a two-part premiere on Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 27 at 9 p.m., before settling into its regular timeslot on Tuesdays at 8 p.m starting Jan. 29.

The Taste is a great twist on the traditional culinary series. That combined with the stellar casting and the concept is going to help satisfy Canadians’ ever-growing appetite for food-centric programming,” said CTV senior VP of programming Mike Cosentino in a statement.

The Taste features chefs and foodie experts Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson heading a panel of judges who oversee 16 professional and amateur cooks competing for the title of best tasting dish.

The expert judging panel, which also includes chef and author Ludo Lefebvre and restauranteur Brian Malarkey, will coach teams of four competitors through a variety of team and individual challenges and elimination rounds.

CTV will air ABC’s nine-episode series order.

The Taste is created by Santa-Monica-based Kinetic Content, Red Arrow Entertainment Group’s U.S. production company. The series is executive produced by Chris Coelen, Matila Zoltowski, Emma Conway, Bourdain and Lawson.

The series has been sold to Fox in India, M6 in France, and Australia’s Nine Network.

Nine Network at MIPCOM in Otober announced that it had picked up rights to the series, for both a local remake and the U.S. version. And Prime Television in New Zealand in December also picked up broadcasting rights to ABC’s version.

Red Arrow Entertainment Group launched in 2010 as a subsidiary of ProSiebenSat.1 Group. Red Arrow Entertainment Group is comprised of 18 TV production companies in nine countries, including Kinetic Content, in which it holds a 51% stake. Gap financer Red Arrow International (formerly SevenOne International) is its worldwide programming sales company.

Photo: The Taste mentors  Anthony Bourdain, Brian Malarkey, Nigella Lawson, and Ludovic Lefebvre