The Boss is back. Buddy Valastro and his Hoboken-based clan are returning to TLC for two new seasons of docu-reality series Cake Boss. Through a partnership between Discovery Networks International and TLC in the U.S., 40 episodes comprising seasons 7 and 8 will be produced beginning in February with overseas broadcast to begin this summer on TLC and DNI’s lifestyle brands. A TLC U.S. premiere will be announced at a later date.
The new Cake Boss seasons will be produced by the original series’ Jon Sechrist, High Noon Entertainment and Valastro’s Cakehouse Media. The series chronicles Valastro’s over-arching desire to achieve his late father’s dream of making Carlo’s Bake Shop a household name. A renowned cake artist, he works alongside a team that includes his mother, sisters, cousins and brothers-in-law. The new seasons will show Buddy and the family getting back to the basics in the kitchen with the added spice of international customers, special guest stars and celebrities. The deal with Discovery will bring Cake Boss‘ reach to more than 220 countries and territories.
“Because of Buddy’s global appeal, it is a recipe for success to have Discovery Networks International partner with TLC in the U.S. to produce additional seasons of Cake Boss,” says DNI President JB Perrette. “Buddy is a fan favorite… larger than life for our international audiences, and a valued partner of ours.”
Cake Boss originally premiered on TLC in May 2008 and the Season 6 finale was in February 2014. It’s produced by High Noon Entertainment and Cakehouse Media for DNI. Sechrist is executive producer for DNI; Scott Feeley and Jim Berger are exec producers for High Noon; and Valastro and Art Edwards are the exec producers for Cakehouse.