Do Noa and Daniel find romance on The Baker and the Beauty Season 1 Episode 2?
Honestly, that’s never even been a question. It’s the whole premise of the series. You wouldn’t be here if they didn’t.
The question was when Noa and Daniel would finally kiss, and the episode held out until the very last moment.
Unfortunately, the build-up to the moment wasn’t as exciting as it should have been.
The morning after their wild meeting, Noa swung by Daniel’s place to apologize for her manager, Lewis, inform him that she wished he stayed last night, and invite him to her birthday party.
For someone who is uber-famous, Noa and Daniel sure had a lot of privacy during their beach walk aside from the one kid who awkwardly recognized her, though it was a cool moment, and ran away without even asking for a photo.
It was a minor moment in the episode, but it rubbed me wrong. If the series wants us to believe the narrative, they have to go all the way and bring out all the stops to make us believe it.
The scene felt unmotivated and lackluster. And it’s that attention to detail that I found myself missing from much of Noa’s party.
In my review of the premiere, I noted that to succeed, the show needs to veer away from cliches.
Rather than give us a fresh take on the idea of a girl and boy who want to be together but keep running into roadblocks, the episode was a walking cliche.
The obstacles they ran into at the party were cheesy and predictable like a broken-down truck or no cell service.
It felt like the whole birthday party was strung out for far too long without much happening to move along the narrative.
Daniel remained intrigued by Noa, but he kept his guard up and told himself that Noa made everyone feel as special as he felt because that’s just what celebrities do.
It made sense for Daniel to take this approach after his snafu with Lewis, who made him feel like he was less than. He’s the one who told him Noa always takes to men as if they were charity cases.
But the more Daniel got to know the real Noa under all the glitz, glamour, and celebrity, the more he realized there was something there and began to allow himself to fall for her.
The episode succeeded in giving Noa some much-needed depth so that she remained likable and humanized.
Viewers are getting an accurate portrayal of the ups-and-downs of fame, which is exciting to watch. We all have a celebrity we idolize, so it’s nice to see fame from their perspective and that it isn’t all that it’s cracked out to be.
The backstory with her mother shows a different side to Noa that not many people get to see.
You can have all the money, fame, and fortune in the world, but that can’t help you when disaster strikes. It doesn’t get rid of the pain, it cannot bring her mother back, and it can’t fix the fact that Noa hates her birthday.
It also emphasizes why Noa was drawn to a family-man like Daniel; she’s in awe of his bond with the Garcia’s and wants that for herself since she never had it because of her mom’s illness and her dad’s abandonment.
Once Daniel realized that Noa needed him to “turn a horrible night into something she’ll never forget,” he skipped out on prior commitments to help break the birthday curse.
He was returning the favor of the former night. .
When they finally broke away from the party and spent some time alone, we finally saw what she saw in “that guy,” as her manager Lewis, refers to him.
Daniel is caring and thoughtful and he’s not someone who is swayed or influenced by the riches and wealth.
He could have looked up everything about Noa, but he chose to get to know her by asking questions instead. It was refreshing for her to talk to someone who didn’t know everything about her.
‘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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