The Beauty and the Baker is your new summer fling.
You know, the one that likely won’t last, but you hope it does, so you take a chance on it anyway.
It’s so intoxicating and exciting that you can’t help but get attached after just one date, which is The Baker and the Beauty Season 1 Episode 1.
The series, adapted from a hit Israeli romantic comedy of the same name, is a modernized take on your classic “average guy falls in love with a famous, rich girl.”
Set in Miami, the series is injected with a little Latin flair to fill the gaping hole left behind by the premature cancellation of Grand Hotel (we’re still mad about it) and the end of our favorite telenovela, Jane the Virgin.
It’s a “tale as old as time” hinged on forbidden love that both parties will quickly realize is worth fighting for.
But we’re not quite there yet in the premiere, which instead, sets the scene with a meet-cute between baker and family-man, Daniel Garcia (Victor Rasuk), and international superstar, Noa Hamilton (Dynasty’s Nathalie Kelley)
Daniel and Noa come from two different worlds, and while it may seem like they don’t have much in common, they’re both in vulnerable places when they meet in the men’s bathroom of a trendy and overhyped restaurant.
Noa has just broken up with her douchebag of a boyfriend, Colin — your typical Hollywood star who excuses his “fling” with a co-star as a publicity stunt. We’ve never heard that line before.
Similarly, Daniel is fresh off a breakup that happens mere moments after meeting the intoxicating and non-conformist fashion mogul.
What starts as Noa taking pity on a guy who intrigues her ends up being a wild night that’s beyond either of their expectations.
There’s an instant chemistry as both Daniel and Noa are enamored with each other’s world’s in a “grass is always greener on the other side” type of way.
Noa craves the normalcy of Daniel’s life and longs for the bond he has with his family.
When she grants him three wishes and his choices are as humble as changing out of his dirty shirt and arranging a call between Noa and his sister, Natalie, her biggest fan, she’s impressed with how simple and down-to-earth he is.
Meanwhile, Daniel dreams of a bigger life for himself — one that goes beyond working at his parent’s bakery in Miami.
He is the eldest sibling, so he bears most of the responsibilities, always does what’s right and expected of him, and takes care of everyone.
In his eyes, Noa’s “larger than life” life is a dream, and he’s drawn to her spontaneous, adventurous, confident, and brazen attitude.
‘The Baker and the Beauty’ Fails to Find a New Home After Getting Cancelled by ABC
According to TV Line, efforts to save the rom-com drama by getting it picked up by another, more appropriate network including Netflix, Peacock, and Prime Video were unsuccessful.
Upon the show’s cancellation, the show’s leading lady, Nathalie Kelley (Noa Hamilton) explained that the decision to cancel the series was “tone deaf” during a time “when the public is marching in the streets demanding representation and diversity.”
Lisa Vidal, who plays Daniel’s mother Mari, took to Instagram to emphasize how much a show with a mostly Latinx cast is necessary. “There are over 500 television shows on air, and ZERO latino shows on network TV right now, and only a handful on streaming. The Baker and the beauty is a well written diverse show about a Latin family preppers denting our Latino culture in a positive light. It pretty much is for every family to watch,” she wrote.
The series found love in a hopeless place as Daniel, a baker working at his families Cuban bakery, struck up an unlikely romance with Noa, a very famous model-turned-fashion mogul, that turned their worlds upside-down.
Season 1 concluded with a two-hour finale in June, but instead of offering resolutions, it provided fans with some huge cliffhangers: Daniel and Noa got back together and engaged, Daniel’s brother, Mateo, confessed to having feelings for Daniel’s ex, Vanessa, and the family contemplated selling the bakery.
The least a network could do is renew the series for one more season to give it a proper ending!
The series was cancelled due to low-ratings, but in its short run, it built up a dedicated fan base and proved that it was a summer romance that deserved a second shot.
Relive the great moments by reading our reviews of the first season of The Baker and the Beauty here.
Nathalie Kelley Releases Statement Calling Out ABC for ‘The Beauty and the Baker’ Cancellation
Fans aren’t the only ones upset about the cancellation of The Baker and the Beauty.
Nathalie Kelley, who stars as lead Noa Hamilton, released a statement about ABC’s decision to cancel a show centered around a solely Latinx family after one season.
Earlier in the week, the cast took to social media to share their thoughts about the network’s decision stating that they are shopping around the series to the “right” network.
The series was canceled after one season just like Eva Longoria’s Latinx-focused series Grand Hotel last summer.
Read Nathalie Kelley’s full statement below:
Now more than ever, the world is waking up to the importance of diversity and representation on our televisions. We want networks to commit wholeheartedly to ensuring that BIPOC, LATINX and LGBTQ+ people, and other marginalized groups, get a chance to tell our stories. Baker and The Beauty was a show that embodied the themes of unity, empathy, and compassion, all of which are so needed in our national discourse right now.
For years, Latinx stories were limited to drug cartels, maids and the ‘spicy latina’ sex object. I credit ABC for letting us tell the story of a loving, wholesome and hilarious Cuban-American family on network TV. I praise them for allowing the youngest daughter Natalie’s LGBTQ storyline be central to our show. I am also forever grateful to them for casting me, an Indigenous woman, as the lead female role. Noa Hamilton was not written for a woman of color, but they cast me anyway. And I could not be prouder of what we all did and the show we created.
These stories create empathy, and there is nothing that we need more in these times than unity, empathy and compassion. That is why it was especially sad to not see them follow through on their support for our beloved series. Nevertheless I remain hopeful that there is a platform out there that will jump on the opportunity to give this show a new home. A chance to send a meaningful message to our communities that they hear our passion, our voices coming from our streets, demanding visibility and justice. The Baker and the Beauty is a beautiful show, one that means so much to so many people. It’s full of love, laughter, inspiration, and comfort. And I cannot think of anything more necessary during these times.
Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, told Deadline that ratings were “primarily” the reason for the cancellation.
Save ‘The Baker and the Beauty’: Nathalie Kelley, Eva Longoria Support Petition to Renew the Show for Season 2
Eva Longoria took to Instagram to share how upset she is about another Latino-focused series getting the boot from ABC.
The network cancelled The Baker and the Beauty after just one season earlier this week.
The series, adapted from an Israeli show, focuses on a Latino family, the Garcia’s, as they navigate their sons new relationship with Hollywood fashion mogul, Noa Hamilton (played by Nathalie Kelley).
The first show centered around a Latino family was Longoria’s summer drama Grand Hotel, which was pulled after one season.
“This is bad news for the Latino community! Why doesn’t @abcnetwork give it more of a chance for our gente to find the show?! And “gente” where are you guys? Show up and get loud. Representation matters on television! This was a sweet show about a good family! And one of the only Latino shows out there! We need this show to find another home! Show your support with the hashtags below and let’s flex our community power! ✊🏽✊🏽,” she wrote on Instagram.
The cast, including Kelley and Lisa Vidal, shared that they are hopeful the series will get picked up by a network that’s more fitting.
“There are over 500 television shows on air, and ZERO latino shows on network TV right now, and only a handful on streaming. The Baker and the beauty is a well written diverse show about a Latin family preppers denting our Latino culture in a positive light. It pretty much is for every family to watch. It would be tragic if this show just disappears at a time when the diversity issue in our country is front and center. When the lack of inclusion is at an all time high as well. We have two weeks to find a new home for our beautiful show the Baker and the Beauty…. please help support us and bring attention in anyway you can to help us save our show… we love you guys and we are grateful for you,” Vidal wrote.
Kelley shared a petition on Change.org to save the series. It’s amassed more than 25,000 signatures overnight.
Kelley acknowledged that the show was an underdog, didn’t have the right amount of promotion from the network, and wasn’t supported as much as it should be by the Latino community.
“From the beginning we were the underdog. Nobody expected we would get picked up, everyone was surprised when we got great reviews. While many of our Latin community did show their support for the show, the majority didn’t (You know who you are. Sadly jealousy in our community is a real issue but that’s what happens when your people have never been given a seat at the table) There wasn’t much network support or enough advertising, yet we persevered, promoted the show on our own, organized campaigns, watching parties, saw a ratings bump for our finale – but it was still not enough and now we’re in the position of having to fight for the survival of our show. I now know how most Latinos in this country feel – made to do all the hard work and still overlooked! And this is despite universally positive reviews and a fan base that is more engaged than anything any of us has worked on. I won’t say anything negative here about the network that was gracious enough to put us on the air. I want to find another home with a platform that understands the need for a show like this right now,” she wrote.”
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Please repost! ❤️If there’s one thing being on @bakerandthebeauty has taught me is that there is nothing like the love and resilience of a Latino family. ❤️Even in the face of adversity we don’t give up and we fight for our dreams and that’s exactly what we have done for this last year of our lives while working on and promoting the show. From the beginning we were the underdog. Nobody expected we would get picked up, everyone was surprised when we got great reviews. While many of our Latin community did show their support for the show, the majority didn’t (You know who you are. Sadly jealousy in our community is a real issue but that’s what happens when your people have never been given a seat at the table) There wasn’t much network support or enough advertising, yet we persevered, promoted the show on our own, organized campaigns, watching parties, saw a ratings bump for our finale – but it was still not enough and now we’re in the position of having to fight for the survival of our show. I now know how most Latinos in this country feel – made to do all the hard work and still overlooked! And this is despite universally positive reviews and a fan base that is more engaged than anything any of us has worked on. I won’t say anything negative here about the network that was gracious enough to put us on the air. I want to find another home with a platform that understands the need for a show like this right now. Especially at a moment in time when we are becoming aware of how important representation is of our black and brown communities. Especially when love and laughter is the medicine you all agree is what we need right now! In my bio is the link to sign the petition to save the show. Our wonderful studio is shopping it now and your online support will only boost our chances. Latinos especially. Now is the time to make your voice heard. Maybe you were asleep earlier or feeling envious or not supportive. I forgive you! But now Is the time to stand with your people and ensure that our stories get told. Today it’s us, tomorrow it could be your show. Use this hashtag #savethebakerandthebeauty and tell everyone why we need this show ❤️let’s do this!!
If you’re a fan of the series, you can sign the petition right here! Also share it on socials with the hashtag #savethebakerandthebeauty.
I initially imagine the show would be a summer fling that lasts once the cool breeze begins floating in, but I was wrong, The show had heart, it made Miami a character, it gaves us diversity, it broke down stereotypes; it was a summer fling that was meant to last more than one season.
So, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, someone — STEP UP!
You can read all our The Baker and the Beauty reviews right here.
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