We could all use a Hollywood Handshake right now.  

From zombie cicadas and super poison ivy to the raging coronavirus pandemic, 2020 has often felt a bit like, well, a nightmare.

That’s not to say that there haven’t been bright spots. (We’re looking at you, Krispy Kreme vending machine!) But, as the months wear on, we’ve found ourselves expecting bad news.  

So, you’ll have to forgive us for our initial reaction when we learned that one of our all-time favorite shows was set to return. Another season of The Great British Baking Show? No way! After all we’ve been through?

Well, it’s true! We are getting a brand-new season of The Great British Baking Show!

So, how long do we have to wait until we can get our binge-watching on here in America? Not long at all!

Today, Netflix confirmed to Food & Wine that Season 11 of The Great British Bake Off will premiere stateside on Friday, September 25, with new episodes being made available to American viewers each following Friday.

Filming on Season 11 of The Great British Bake Off (which airs stateside as The Great British Baking Show on Netflix) wrapped in late August at a secret location in the UK. It will premiere in the UK on Tuesday, September 22. Lucky ducks!

In an interview with Broadcast as reported by The Takeout, creative director Kieran Smith credited the latest season to a “mammoth sacrifice” made by the show’s cast, crew, and few highly dedicated hospitality professionals.

Due to COVID-19, filming for the usual months-long production took place in a self-contained biosphere over a condensed six weeks.  According to Broadcast, the production company rented an entire hotel in southeast England to house the cast (including new-cohost Matt Lucas), contestants, and crew, as well as 20 hotel staff members, 80 producers, and around 20 “children, chaperones, and dogwalkers.”

“It was a massive operation, we even build 12 practice kitchens for the bakers to use on their days off,” Smith told the UK publication.

This is going to be good!