How COVID Changed The Way Nailed It! Double Trouble Was Made

Like everything else, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way some of our favorite television shows are made, too. Entertainers and producers, such as Giada De Laurentiis who launched Giada at Home 2.0 during the pandemic, have had to adapt. Nailed It!, a hilarious baking contest from Netflix, which debuted in 2018, also needed to adjust the way the show was filmed and produced.

If you have never watched Nailed It!, it's a good time to catch up, and you definitely don't want to miss the launch of its new offshoot, Nailed It! Double Trouble, which looks even funnier than the original in this trailer on Netflix's YouTube channel. The premise of the original show is that a cast of truly terrible bakers is challenged to recreate amazing, professionally-made confections. The results are satisfyingly horrible and watching the bakers' struggles is deliciously entertaining, because who among us hasn't epically failed at something in the kitchen? How sad are the skills of these bakers and their creations? So sad that fans started to wonder if the disasters in this reality show were intentionally made to look extra-disastrous.

The Double Trouble edition had to adjust in several ways

For Nailed It! Double Trouble, the bakers have partners: siblings, spouses, significant others, best friends — you get the idea — to help (or hinder) and don matching costumes with. Watching the hapless duos work and struggle together to make something resembling a cake seems guaranteed to bring an extra, ahem, "layer" of fun and folly to the competition.

Returning is the energetic and hilarious host, comedian Nicole Byer, as well as co-host and expert chocolatier/pastry chef Jacques Torres. While several things remain the same, The Spool reported that COVID restrictions slightly changed the way this incarnation of Nailed It! works. Here's what fans will notice: Instead of the contestants running and scrambling for their treats, they have to call out their choices. Also, in the interest of social distancing, winners are no longer crowned by Byer. Instead, they have to don their golden bakers hats themselves. 

Finally, when it comes time to judge the bakers' creations, it is Torres, not the contestants who deliver the goods to the judges. The judges then stand the now-standard six feet apart while tasting the dessert slices. The Spool also explained that at one point, two contestants come dangerously close to sharing a spoon — a definite no-no in light of the pandemic — but were stopped before they could swap any germs.

Even if it's a little different, we'll be tuning in to Nailed It! Double Trouble. If ever we needed a good laugh over some bumbled baking, that time is now. Nailed it! Double Trouble premieres March 26 on Netflix.