The f-bombs and bleeps that are the norm on Anthony Bourdain’s Travel Channel shows “No Reservations” and “The Layover” will soon be a thing of the past as the popular television host has inked a deal to host a new weekend program on CNN.
The yet unnamed project is expected to “create a signature showcase for the network’s coverage of food and travel.”
The show is expected to launch in early 2013 and “will be shot on location and examine cultures from around the world through their food and dining and travel rituals.”
The initial plan is for a prime time slot on Sundays, with the broadcast repeating on Saturday nights.
“I’m really looking forward to coming over to CNN. I think the world is going to get a whole lot bigger for me,” said Bourdain. “I hope that old fans and new ones will be excited about what’s coming down the road.”
The series will be produced by Zero Point Zero Production, which has been working with Bourdain for over a decade.
“For more than a decade, Anthony Bourdain has been a trailblazer in educating Americans about different cuisines and cultures around the world, as well as an outspoken commentator on social trends ranging from the rise of celebrity chefs to the impact of fast food chains to the spread of vegetarianism and veganism,” said CNN Worldwide Executive Vice President and managing Editor Mark Whitaker. “Examining the world through the prism of Tony’s unique expertise and passions continues CNN’s long-standing commitment to international reporting and to promoting global understanding.”
It will be interesting to see how the change in networks plays out.
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