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Peacock greenlights unscripted spin-offs

Nick Offerman fronts Making It with Amy Poehler

NBCUniversal’s streaming platform Peacock has commissioned spin-offs based on its formats Making It and Top Chef, while renewing Below Deck Down Under for a third season.

Comedian Amy Poehler will swap the workshop for the kitchen in a six-part Christmas special titled Baking It, a take on carpentry series Making It which she hosts with former Parks & Recreation co-star Nick Offerman.

Baking It will see two home bakers compete to impress a panel of grandmothers and win a cash prize. Both Making It and Baking It are created by Poehler and Nicolle Yaron.

The format is being produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, with Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions and US prodco 3 Arts Entertainment. Poehler, Yaron, Pip Wells, Kate Arend and Dave Becky serve as executive producers.

Top Chef is getting a family spin-off called Top Chef Family Style, which will see talented young chefs team up with an adult member of their family to make the best dishes. Singer Meghan Trainor will host.

US prodco Magical Elves, known for baking format Nailed It!, produces the series with Casey Kriley, Jo Sharon, Hillary Olsen and showrunner Claire Kosloff as executive producers.

Finally, behind-the-scenes reality show Below Deck Down Under is returning to look at life aboard a superyacht.

Banijay-owned prodco 51 Minds produces the series, with company president Christian Sarabia and exec VP of operations and production Zachary Klein as exec producers.

Also exec producing are Nadine Rajabi, who held the same role on Below Deck Mediterranean, Below Deck writer Mark Cronin, Courtland Cox, Cristina Lopez and Tania Hamidi.


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