Cable news channel CNN announced that it is bringing a major cable television personality to the network for a new program. TV Chef Anthony Bourdain, known for his work on Travel Channel, will host a new weekend program on CNN as part of an effort by the channel to expand its coverage of food and travel.
Bourdain’s show, set to launch in early 2013, “will be shot on location and examine cultures from around the world through their food and dining and travel rituals,” CNN said in its announcement. “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 is known for his Travel Channel series “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,” which he has hosted since 2005. He also hosted Food Network’s “A Cook’s Tour” and has been a part of Bravo’s “Top Chef.” He did some writing for HBO’s “Treme” and has authored a number of well-received books, including “Kitchen Confidential.”
CNN Worldwide Executive Vice President and Managing Editor Mark Whitaker made the announcement. “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.” Whitaker said in the announcement. “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.”
CNN announced: “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.”
The announcement adds: “The series will be produced by Zero Point Zero Production with Executive Producers and Founders Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia, along with Executive Producer Sandy Zweig. The Emmy Award-winning Zero Point Zero Production has been working with Anthony Bourdain for over a decade, producing ‘Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,’ ‘The Layover,’ ‘A Cook’s Tour’ and ‘Decoding Ferran Adria.’”