NBC is moving closer to a second serving of “The Restaurant” — but whether Mama’s Meatballs will be on the menu is in question.
Nothing’s official, but the Peacock is in final negotiations with exec producers Mark Burnett, Ben Silverman and Magna Global Entertainment’s Robert Riesenberg for a second season of the successful summer reality skein. Main financial issue on the table is whether the skein will be a barter deal — like this season — or a more traditional license fee agreement in which the Peacock pays the producers cash.
On the creative side, there’s also some doubt about whether NBC and the producers want a second season of the skein to include chef Rocco DiSpirito (and thus his camera-friendly, meatball-making mom) or instead revolve around the opening of a new eatery.
Industry insiders said NBC and the show’s producers have already been getting offers from other celeb chefs interested in future installments of the skein. What’s more, many of the show’s supporting players have emerged as viewer favorites, making DiSpirito far from the only star of “The Restaurant.”
After an OK start, skein has been building Nielsen momentum. Last Sunday’s penultimate seg snagged the skein’s highest numbers to date, averaging a 3.9/11 in adults 18-49 and ranking as the night’s top skein in key demos.
NBC and the show’s producers declined comment.