Which Broadcast TV Upfront walk-up announcement surprised you less:
* Fox has ordered yet another Gordon Ramsay cooking show.
* CBS has ordered another season of “Criminal Minds”?
Fox announced Friday it has picked up “Junior Masterchef,” a new culinary competition series for wanna-be chefs between the ages of eight and 13.It was part of a deal in which Fox also ordered one more season of Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” which will bring its total to 13 seasons – and two more of Ramsay’s “Masterchef,” which keeps that one on the network through at least a sixth season.
Fox is now in bed with Ramsay to the tune of five series: “Masterchef,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Hotel Hell,” “Kitchen Nightmares,” and now “Junior.”
“Junior Masterchef” gives two budding cooks the opportunity to showcase their talent…blah, blah, blah, series of challenges and cook-offs, blah, blah, blah, Ramsay one of the judges. It’s based on a UK format.
Meanwhile, the on-camera gang at CBS’s “Criminal Minds” finally signed new two-year deals (the showrunner Erica Messer had signed a new deal before that) and next season will be “Criminal Minds’s” ninth. It’s CBS’s 20th series to be renewed for next year.