Fox will serve up two more seasons of the highest-rated culinary competition on TV: Hell’s Kitchen.
Gordon Ramsay will continue shouting at those darned cooks for two more cycles, with production on seasons 9 and 10 starting back-to-back production in April, with an eye toward bringing back the show in late summer.
Though Hell’s doesn’t get the same press love as Fox’s American Idol, ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, or CBS’ Survivor, it similarly launched during the summer, made a successful transition into the more competitive broadcast season and (initially, at least) grew its ratings year after year — last cycle averaged 6.3 million viewers and a 2.9 in the adult demo.
Moreover, Fox uses the show to fill some of the toughest holes on its schedule. It’s success also spawned two successful– well, they’re not spin-offs, but would Fox have Kitchen Nightmares and MasterChef if not for Hell’s?
Okay, enough praise. I guess I just really like watching Gordon Ramsay swear at people.
“The thing about Hell’s Kitchen is you can put it anywhere — spring, summer, fall, opposite Modern Family and Survivor,” says Arthur Smith, who executive produces the show along with Kent Weed. “It’s very satisfying to see what people think of a food show is that broad-based.”
Smith says the restaurant is being redesigned and will feature a guest table balcony over the pass. “We always feel like we have to continue to outdo ourselves,” Smith says, “We really feel this is our space and we owe it to viewers to continue to reach.”