BREAKING: The news is about to get substantially more delicious.
Launching in early 2013, the show will be shot on location and examine cultures from around the world through their food and dining and travel rituals. Slated to air domestically on Sundays in prime time with repeat airings on Saturday nights, it will mark a further step in broadening and distinguishing CNN’s weekend programming from its traditional weekday news coverage. [...]
Bourdain, whose reporting has taken him from the culinary capitals of Europe, Asia and North and South America to such historically war-torn or isolated regions as Vietnam, Mozambique, Uzbekistan and Romania, will also offer commentary on other CNN programs and platforms, domestically and internationally, providing insights into current events and debates around food and health and other cultural conversations. [CNN]
While the statement from CNN doesn’t mention what this means for Bourdain’s other shows (“No Reservations” and “The Layover”), The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that this will mark the end of his tenure at The Travel Channel, who will be losing both their signature star as well as a sizable chunk of their primetime schedule. “HURRY, GREENLIGHT FIVE NEW SHOWS ABOUT STRANGE PEOPLE EATING GROSS THINGS OR GROSS AMOUNTS OF REGULAR THINGS,” executives in their headquarters are probably screaming at their underlings this morning. Dark days, indeed. (UPDATE: “No Reservations” is dead, “The Layover” has been renewed for one more year.)
Anyway, if this doesn’t end with Bourdain, Wolf Blitzer, and Anderson Cooper dumptrucked on sake in some shady Atlanta sushi restaurant talking sh-t about MSNBC and FOX News on live television at 3 a.m., I will be sorely disappointed.