“As long as it’s interesting, then I’ll keep doing it. But the minute it becomes a job, I will stop.”
— Anthony Bourdain, on continuing his work on Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
It wasn’t much more than a month ago that Anthony Bourdain was talking with great satisfaction about the launch of Season 8 of his signature series for Travel Channel, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. He may not be stopping, but Bourdain will be changing venues. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the renowned chef, restaurateur and acerbic travel writer will be leaving Travel Channel for — hopefully — broader horizons on CNN, starting in early 2013.
With the move, Bourdain will become the spearhead of CNN’s efforts to cultivate its lifestyle programming. His as-yet-untitled new series is currently slated for Sunday nights and is expected to follow the format of No Reservations, with its host exploring “cultures from around the world through their food, dining and travel rituals.” Like No Reservations, the new series will be produced by Zero Point Zero Production.
In addition to the new series, Bourdain will also contribute to other CNN programs. “I’m really looking forward to coming over to CNN,” Bourdain says. “I think the world is going to get a whole lot bigger for me. I hope that old fans and new ones will be excited about what’s coming down the road.”
With Bourdain’s track record for traveling to troubled locations — he won an Emmy for his Haiti episode, shot after the devastating 2010 earthquake, and another in 2006 for his visit to war-torn Beirut — the network seems like a natural fit for the globe-trekking gourmand. And seeing how Bourdain’s famously opinionated personality fits in at the news network could be more interesting than anyone in on the deal yet anticipates.
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