â€” Anthony Bourdain, on continuing his work on Travel Channelâ€™s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
It wasnâ€™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 â€” hopefully â€” broader horizons on CNN, starting in early 2013.
With the move, Bourdain will become the spearhead of CNNâ€™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 â€ścultures from around the world through their food, dining and travel rituals.â€ť 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. â€śIâ€™m really looking forward to coming over to CNN,â€ť Bourdain says. â€śI 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 whatâ€™s coming down the road.â€ť
With Bourdainâ€™s track record for traveling to troubled locations â€” 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 â€” the network seems like a natural fit for the globe-trekking gourmand. And seeing how Bourdainâ€™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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