When it comes to relieving tension and anxiety, nothing beats a freshly made confection. But just a handful of us has polished up our abilities in the art of baking. Luckily, the Season 6 of the amateur baking competition series Nailed It! is now available on Netflix for those of us who do not bake but enjoy watching others do it.
“You don’t have to be the best to win, you just have to be slightly better than somebody else, and I think people can really relate…” explains Byer to Deadline.
Unlike top-tier cooking reality programmes that highlight young skilled chefs, Netflix’s Nailed It! that debuted in March 2018, includes the notion of tasking highly incompetent bakers with recreating elaborate complex desserts with predictably terrible outcomes as a consequence.
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The first season of this American television series premiered on March 9, 2018, was followed by the second season on June 29, 2018, a holiday season on December 7, 2018, the third season on May 17, 2019, a second holiday season on November 22, 2019, the fourth season on April 1, 2020, and the fifth season, the first spin-off in the series was released on March 26, 2021.
However, it is noteworthy for Season 6 to be released on September 15, 2021, given the recent release of the fifth season.
In this season, you’ll find newbie bakers competing in the humorous baking competition, duplicating the dessert masterpieces of renowned chefs utilising their finest talents. As a result, the person who gets as near as possible to the actual thing will be awarded a $10,000 reward and a “Nailed It!” trophy.
Each baker will face two tasks per episode, which appears to be a continuation of the previous seasons but mostly with the Double Trouble format, i.e., contestants competing in pairs rather than individually. There's a good chance that the challenges will also follow a similar pattern but will be even tougher than before. “Baker's Choice” will be the first, and “Nail It or Fail It” the next.
Each team member must reproduce one of the three confectionery delights handed to them in the first round of the tournament within a restricted timeframe. Each candidate must decide which option they like. The winner of this round receives a unique reward and a dazzling gourmet specialist's cap.
A complicated cake is presented to the candidates in the second bout, and they have only two hours to bake it without any preparation. Assembling their show-stopper is guided by written instructions provided to them.
Eventually, the adjudicators evaluate the talents of the hopefuls based on display and taste and proclaim the champion, who takes home the trophy and the $10,000 prize money with them.
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As a reality program the Season 6 might emphasise extra changes in its runtime due to their nature as an entertainment medium.
Nevertheless, there’s going to be a little twist in this season. Each episode in this newest season has a specific subject, which dictated what the bakers would be working on throughout their given time. This season's confectionery item is ‘pie,' which will be created for the first time in the series' history. In the next episodes, the bakers will have to deal with paranormal themes as well as pay tribute to Black History Month. As a part of the competition, they will also seek to duplicate Jacques Torres' chocolate masterpieces. However, for now, all of the additional topics are kept a mystery and will be disclosed only upon the show's release.
Meet the crew…
The core crew for Season 6 of Nailed It! looks to be the same, with comedian/actor Nicole Byer serving as presenter and professional chocolatier Jacques Torres serving as judge and co-host. Wes Bahr, on the other hand, looks to be the assistant director as well as a comedy object.
It's not only about Nailed It. Nicole Byer is a writer and performer who is most known for her own sitcom, Loosely Exactly Nicole, and for her role in voicing as Gamby in Netflix's Tuca & Bertie. Bojack Horseman, The Simpsons, and Bob's Burger have all included her as a character in the past. She's also appeared in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Transparent, and many more films and television shows.
In addition to Byer, Torres serves as the show's resident chef and is one of the show's two permanent judges. Torres' specialty, according to his website, is pastry baking, particularly chocolate pastry. He serves as a Chef de pâtisserie at Le Cirque after serving as Corporate Pastry Chef for Ritz Carlton Hotels.
He went on to build his own dessert empire and chocolate museum in New York, earning him the nickname Mr. Chocolate. It's safe to assume that he's an expert in his field, whereas the Nailed It! participants aren't.
Netflix has indeed gone all out. A long list of celebrities and judges have been also been invited to join Nicole Byer, the host, and Jaques Torres, the chief judge, including Andrea Savage, Ron Funches, Lil Rey Howery, Bobby Lee, Brian Posehn.
Meanwhile, Sam Richardson from Veep and Detroiters, comic Wayne Brady who is known for Whose Line Is It Anyway?, comedian Reggie Watts, rapper Big Freedia, comedian and scriptwriter June Diane Raphael, and Sasheer Zamata who worked on Saturday Live from 2014 to 2017 and is currently an ambassador for the ACLU will be the remaining guest judges for this season.
The trailer starts with Nicole Byer seen toying with little clay replicas of herself and is soon joined by Torres, who asks whether she is ready for the new season. I love how she makes fun of the entrants' terrible entries, delivers funny comments about them, and is enamoured with the crew member, Wes. It gradually turns more hilarious as it showcases nonsensical combos of cakes and pies. And to top it off the fly on the desserts make the trailer more fun and absurd. It also indicates that guests and judges will not be hesitant to get dirty this year on the show! And even Jack McBrayer, from the TV show 30 Rock, has been seen dabbling in the kitchen as a guest baker.
Because Netflix is infamous for keeping viewing data under wraps, a show's renewal serves as a gauge for its performance. It is no surprise, therefore, Nailed It! appears to be a tremendous smash for Netflix.
The show has been also been described as “part competition, part hot mess” by Netflix.
The show was well-received by critics and applauded by the crowd for its interesting and unique concept. Vulture called Nailed It! “the cooking show you didn't know you needed.” Buzzfeed called the series “honestly hilarious.” As defined by The New Yorker, the series is “absurdist, funny, and occasionally incoherent,” while Entertainment Weakly said that it “This could be the cure” for any emotional melancholy, giving us a break from the gloom.
It's fun and light-hearted, and it'll brighten your spirits and be suitable for viewers of all ages.
The show received three Primetime Emmy nominations in total, including two for Outstanding Competition Program and one for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program. As a result of the later nomination, Nicole Byer became the first Black woman to get a nomination. Moreover, it won the MTV Unscripted Movie & TV Awards in the Best Lifestyle Show category and also gained a few honours in Gold Derby Awards and TCA awards.
Due to the show's enormous popularity, it was remade in Mexican, French, Spanish, and German.
There are certain aspects that are the same in all of the versions of the American program. On the American Nailed It!, there are two permanent judges and one rotating celebrity guest judge every episode. When it came to casting their individual shows, all countries followed the same procedure.
When it comes to the Mexican version of the show Nailed It, comedian, actor and singer Omar Chaparro may be compared to Nicole Byer of the American original …and Anna Ruiz is the head chef. A talented cake baker, she is the ideal judge for the programme.
In addition to being a comic, Artus, the host of Nailed It! France also has many French acting credentials, outside of his role on the show, whereas, the main chef for the French counterpart is Noëmie Honiat, a former Top Chef contestant who currently teaches gourmet pastry workshops.
La Terremoto de Alcorcón, also known as Pepa Charrois, serves as the host of the Spanish version of the American show. There are numerous Spanish TV series and movies in which he has acted in the past. He is also a singer of parodies of Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, and Kylie Minogue's hit singles. When it comes to Nailed It! Spain, Christian Escribà, a pastry chef from Spain, is the mentor and judge.
With regard to the German version, Nailed It! Germany or Wer Kann, Der Kann!, Chef Bernd Siefert and comedian Tahnee join Kirsch, a curvaceous supermodel as co-hosts and guest judge respectively on the show.
Who knows what else the show contains? There was no way to know, other than speculating. As for the show's humour and entertainment value, that's a given…
Looking forward to the latest updates of the show!