Sep 15, 2020

Second City alumni Alan Shane Lewis and Ann Pornel join as new hosts of the 

Canadian audience favourite 


September 15, 2020 - A new team will enter the tent to host season four of CBC audience favourite THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW. Comedians, actors, writers and Second City alumni Alan Shane Lewis and Ann Pornel will join returning judges Bruno Feldeisen and Kyla Kennaley to cheer on 10 new Canadian amateur bakers. Based on the hit British format and produced by Proper Television, production on the fourth season is currently underway in Toronto for broadcast and streaming on CBC and CBC Gem in winter 2021. 


“This is an absolute dream come true,” said Lewis. “Being able to actually be in the tent, peek behind the curtain and further confirm the skill gap between those amazing bakers and myself. Really puts things into perspective.”


“I’m unbelievably excited to join Bruno, Kyla, Alan and the fantastic bakers in the tent this season,” said Pornel. “I hope that this experience will help me learn how to be a better baker...and by that I really mean learn how to bake. What a treat!” 


Canadians had a healthy appetite for season three of THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW, with the series reaching 1.2 million viewers each week on CBC TV and ranking as CBC Gem’s most-watched factual entertainment series during the 2019/20 season.* Audiences looking to satisfy their craving in advance of the new season can catch up on the first three seasons on CBC Gem


Based on the beloved British format, THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW brings together 10 amateur bakers from across the country to compete in a series of themed culinary challenges that celebrate their diverse backgrounds, families and communities. Competitors on the homegrown series have the opportunity to go up against Canada’s best bakers, while also competing against themselves as they strive to achieve their personal best. Each episode features three rounds including the Signature Bake, the Technical Bake and the Show Stopper. After the bakes are tasted and critiqued, the judges decide who will become the week’s Star Baker and who will be sent home, with the final three bakers competing for The Great Canadian Baking Show title. 


THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW is produced by Proper Television in association with CBC and Love Productions. The executive producers are Lesia Capone and Cathie James, and the series producer is Marike Emery. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Entertainment, Factual and Sports; Jennifer Dettman is Executive Director, Unscripted Content; and Susan Taylor is Executive in Charge of Production. The format is owned by Love Productions and distributed by Sky Vision. In addition to the original British series, the format has been produced in 23 territories including the United States, Australia, France and Ireland. THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW is presented with Robin Hood. The Robin Hood Baking Family consists of a portfolio of leading baking brands.


*Sources: Numeris TV Meter, Sept 18, 2019 – Nov 6, 2019, CBC, A2+ & 25-54, Wed 8p-9p, Total Canada, AMA, generated by InfoSys+TV; Adobe Analytics, CBC Production, OTT segment, videos report (content starts), Sept 15 –Nov 9, 2019




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About Proper Television Inc.

Since opening its doors in 2004, Proper Television has become one of Canada’s premier production houses. Proper works across a wide range of factual genres, creating more than 600 hours of reality, lifestyle and documentary and specialist factual programming. The company’s ratings-grabbing slate includes a mix of originals like Under New Management with Arlene Dickinson, Mary’s Kitchen Crush, Vegas Rat Rods and Last Stop Garage, along with big international formats such as MasterChef Canada, Canada’s Worst Driver and Iron Chef Canada. In 2017 Proper became a division of Boat Rocker Media.


For more information: 

Liz Reid, CBC Public Relations