MasterChef season 9 premiere date revealed, plus new Gordon Ramsay series

MasterChef season 8 episode 17For anyone out there interested in checking out the official MasterChef season 9 premiere date, the latest batch of episodes will be here before too long!

Today, Fox confirmed that the cooking competition is going to be back on the air come Wednesday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern with what is set to be a two-hour premiere. The following week on June 6, it will be followed by two additional episodes.

Come June 13, MasterChef will divert back to a single hour at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, largely to make way for a different show in 24 Hours to Hell in Back featuring Gordon Ramsay. Basically, this seems like Kitchen Nightmares meets 24 with Ramsay serving as Jack Bauer. Each episode begins with Ramsay trying to help a struggling restaurant turn their fate around in just one day’s time. Whether or not he does is something that probably will not be clear until many weeks after the cameras depart.

We do think that this new entry into the long-running Ramsay canon makes sense given that for many years, Kitchen Nightmares was a big hit and there hasn’t quite been another show quite like it … other than of course Hotel Hell, which also featured Ramsay. Whether or not this show will actually help restaurants long-term remains to be seen given that the track record of Kitchen Nightmares restaurants was somewhat mixed. While the established benefited from the publicity, we also wondered at the same time if even being on the show in the first place scared some customers off.

Here is how Fox describes the new series:

The brand-new series will feature Ramsay driving to struggling restaurants across the country in his state-of-the-art mobile kitchen and command center, Hell On Wheels. In today’s social media-driven world, everyone is an amateur food critic, and restaurants often find themselves one bad review away from shutting their doors. So, for the first time ever, Ramsay will try to bring each of these failing restaurants back from the brink of disaster – all in just 24 hours. First, he’ll send in a team to record secret surveillance. Then, he’ll go in undercover to see the problems first-hand. As the clock ticks down, Ramsay and his team will transform these restaurants with spectacular renovations, fresh new menus and hope for the future. It all builds to the end of the 24 hours, when grand re-openings of these restaurants will be held for the public

Other premiere news of note

The biggest thing to report on here is that the latest batch of So You Think You Can Dance will launch on Monday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. This remains one of the premiere talent competitions on TV, and our only hope is that eventually it does find a way to capture more viewers than it has at present.

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