CBC & Radio-Canada Distribution has sold the CBC’s original culinary competition series "Fridge Wars" (6x60) to The CW Network in the U.S. Co-created by CBC and The Gurin Company, the series premiered on CBC in February 2020 and The CW is adding the series to its Summer 2020 broadcast schedule, premiering August 2.
"When we developed 'Fridge Wars', we set out to create a fresh, fun and totally relatable cooking format that would speak to an entirely new generation of food lovers who were afraid of the leftovers in their own fridges,” said Phil Gurin, President, The Gurin Company. “We purposely wanted to bring a simple format to audiences everywhere, with an instantly recognizable problem, a terrific comedian host in Emma Hunter, world-class chefs, fun and familiar food dilemmas, loads of comedy, and a simple game structure. We think Fridge Wars will appeal to audiences everywhere.”
“We are thrilled that Fridge Wars has landed with The CW,” said Gwen Jones McCauley, Director Content Sales, CBC & Radio-Canada Distribution. “We’re pleased by its performance on CBC’s primetime schedule and excited to be able to share it with U.S. audiences.”
“CBC is committed to creating innovative original formats like 'Fridge Wars' that offer broad appeal for audiences in Canada and around the world," said Jennifer Dettman, Executive Director, Unscripted Content, CBC. “This series is now more timely than ever while many of us continue to spend more time cooking at home, and we are happy that it will now reach new viewers.”
The original format, "Fridge Wars" pits two celebrity chefs against one another with a challenge to create extraordinary meals using only the ingredients taken from the ordinary fridges of typical families. The improvised dinners must win over two families who act as judges to determine which chef wins each epic battle. With the ingredients in-hand, the competition heats up at the "Fridge Wars” studio where two top chefs are given 45 minutes to create a masterpiece – cooking with the ingredients they’ve never seen for people they’ve never met.
"Fridge Wars" is a CBC original series, co-produced and co-created by CBC and The Gurin Company. For CBC the executive producer is Tracie Tighe, the showrunner is Barry Davis, and the series producer is Jeff Thrasher. Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Jennifer Dettman is Executive Director, Unscripted Content; Alexandra Lane is Senior Director of Production, Unscripted Content; and Ann-Marie Redmond is Executive in Charge of Production. For The Gurin Company, the executive producer is Emmy® and Rose d’Or winner Phil Gurin.
We’re pleased by its performance on CBC’s primetime schedule and excited to be able to share it with U.S. audiences.” Gwen Jones McCauley Director Content Sales, CBC & Radio-Canada Distribution