Folks with a predilection for food competition shows will get a taste of UK hit The Great British Bake Off in the form of The American Baking Competition, a summer series in which amateur bakers will compete for top honors. It will be hosted by all-American guy Jeff Foxworthy and feature celebrity guest judges Marcela Valladolid, host of Mexican Made Easy on the Food Network, and English chef/author Paul Hollywood, a judge on the Brit hit version. The American Baking Competition premieres on CBS on 29 May.
|The Syndicate: Series 1|
The first series of The Syndicate followed a group of five supermarket employees who won the lottery, with each episode focusing on one of the winners. The second series will revolve around each of the five public hospital workers who do the same. Assuming Lucky 7 gets picked up after the pilot airs, the series will focus on each of the seven service station employees who strike it rich.
If you haven't seen The Syndicate, head over to Acorn TV, where you can watch all five episodes with Acorn's free 30-day trial membership.
|Spy: Series 1|
Of these programs, you can catch the original UK versions of Gavin & Stacey, House of Cards, Pulling, and Spy with the following streaming services:
- Gaving & Stacey: Series 1: Amazon Instant Videoand Netflix; Series 2: Amazon Instant Video
- House of Cards: Complete trilogy: Netflix; Part 1 only: Amazon Instant Video
- Pulling: Series 1: Amazon Instant Videoand Hulu/Hulu Plus;Series 2: Hulu/Hulu Plus;
- Spy: Series 1 and 2: Hulu/Hulu Plus
|Mad Dogs: Series 1|
"I'm working with a British writer, Cris Cole, who had a miniseries in Great Britain called Mad Dogs that we're looking to make as a miniseries over here."The UK version of Mad Dogs, which has had three multi-episode series so far with a fourth being commissioned this past January, has been airing on Sky1 and stars John Simm (Life On Mars, whose U.S. remake aired on ABC), Marc Warren (Hustle,of which the TNT cable program Leverage was a spin-off of sorts), Philip Glenister (also of Life on Mars and its sequel Ashes to Ashes),and Max Beesley (Hotel Babylon).
In Series 1 of this gripping thriller, they play four long-time friends who have a weekend getaway with a fifth mate (Ben Chaplin, World Without End)at the latter's casa in Majorca, Spain to celebrate his early retirement. Too bad for them that he gets murdered by a Tony Blair-masked gunman. What they do afterward is... well, you just have to watch it for yourself.
American Remakes of British TV Shows In the Works