Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg’s New Baking Show Is the Early Holiday Present We All Deserve

published Nov 22, 2021
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Diptych of Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg
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If you’ve ever thought that baking competition shows could use a little more humor, you’re going to want to mark your calendar for December 2nd. That’s the date NBC’s streaming service Peacock airs a new reality show with SNL megastars Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg as the hosts. 

Baking It, which is a Peacock exclusive, features eight teams of home bakers competing against one another for a $50,000 prize. Although the contestants’ skill level is serious (the trailer previewed some pretty stunning sweet treats), the show’s vibe is anything but. Not only do Rudolph and Samberg crack jokes throughout the series, each of the competitions is judged by a team of *highly* opinionated grandmas.

Now, if you’ve spent any time here at Kitchn this year, you’ll know we love grandmothers. But this quartet of matriarchs offers more than sage advice and genius baking tips; they’re tough critics, and not afraid to season their feedback with a hearty sprinkling of sass. “My whole family says I’m opinionated … and they’re right,” says one judge, Grandma Anne, wrapped in a cozy blanket on a rocking chair. May we say: #goals.

This just may be the perfect mixture of real-deal baking competition and light-hearted humor. After all, with Amy Poehler serving as an executive producer, you know it’s going to serve up belly laughs. But don’t count this one out of the running for the best feel-good show of the holiday season, too. With a cozy winter cabin setting and craveable desserts like chocolate pudding and intricately decorated cakes, Baking It is sure to satisfy all of your reality show cravings this holiday.