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Posted: 5/29/2012 4:10:32 PM

Anthony Bourdain’s Emmy-winning reality series No Reservations will end after its eighth season concludes in July, but both occasional Top Chef judge Bourdain and his producers are moving to CNN to produce a similar prime-time series.

The cable news network announced today that he “will join CNN as host of a new weekend program” that will debut early next year, air Sunday nights, and “be shot on location and examine cultures from around the world through their food and dining and travel rituals.” Bourdain tweeted that he may “finally” film in places such as the Congo and Libya.

In other words, it sounds a lot like No Reservations, and it will be produced by that show’s producers, Zero Point Zero Productions and Chris Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, and Sandy Zweig.

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Posted: 5/29/2012 4:13:13 PM
His thoughts on other food stars:

On Paula Deen

“The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen. She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she’s proud of the fact that her food is bad for you.”

On Guy Fieri

“I look at Guy Fieri and I just think, ‘…I’m glad that’s not me.’”

“If I had to be him for five hours, I’d hang myself in a shower stall.”

“Anyone who’s on TV, if you can’t have a sense of humor about yourself, it’s going to be a very tough road. If you can’t make fun of Burrell and Fieri, comedy’s dead.

On Bobby Flay

“In service to this new, groin-level dynamic, even poor, loyal, Bobby Flay was banished from cooking anywhere near as well as he actually could—to face off with web-fingered yokels in head to head crab cake contests—to almost inevitably (and dubiously) lose…They’re sending this poor guy all over the country, to trailer parks and meth labs.

On Sandra Lee

Pure evil. This frightening Hell Spawn of Kathie Lee and Betty Crocker seems on a mission to kill her fans, one meal at a time. She Must Be Stopped. Her death-dealing can-opening ways will cut a swath of destruction through the world if not contained…The eye-searing ‘Kwanzaa Cake’ clip on YouTube, of Sandra Lee doing things with store-bought angel food cake, canned frosting, and corn nuts, instead of being simply the unintentionally hilarious viral video it should be, makes me mad for all humanity. I. Just. Can’t. Help. It.”

On Bourdain’s Brief Time at the Food Network

“I knew there was no light at the end of the tunnel the day we were joined by a new hire—the lawyer and the (it would soon be revealed) outgoing execs stood up and said, “Say hello to Brook Johnson … who we’re all delighted to have join us from … (some other network).” Ms. Johnson was clearly not delighted to meet me or my partners. You could feel the air go out of the room the second she entered. It became instantly a place without hope or humor. There was a limp handshake as cabin pressure changed, a black hole of fun—all light, all possibility of joy was sucked into the vortex of this hunched and scowling apparition. The indifference bordering on naked hostility was palpable.”

On The Food Network’s Programming

“2007 was also the year that Food Network canceled ‘Emeril Live,’ and stopped ordering episodes of ‘Molto Mario,’ a calculated break with the idea of the celebrity chef as a seasoned professional and a move toward an entirely new definition: a personality with a sauté pan.

On Scripps’ Purchase of the Travel Channel

“I’m definitely taking a wait-and-see [approach]. I’m not happy about sharing a hot tub with Guy Fieri, is what I’m saying.”

“Given recent developments, I would say that anything could happen. I’m giving the whole enterprise some serious thought. I know that my crew and I are really into pushing this season as far as we can go creatively. We are doing an entire show in black and white, dubbed in Italian.”

From Bourdain’s 2010 memoir, Medium Raw:

“”It’s Sandra Lee’s world. It’s Rachael’s world. Me? You? We’re just living in it. If this wasn’t clear to me then, after Aunt Sandy had turned me inside out, left me shaken and husked, a shell of a man—like the remains of a lobster dinner, it became absolutely clear just last week: When Scripps Howard, the parent company of Food Network, outbidding Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp, bought my network, the Travel Channel—for nearly a billion dollars.

I remember now, from a distance, my earlier, dumber self, watching Emeril, hawking toothpaste (and later, Rachael, endorsing Dunkin’ Donuts and Ritz guy) and gaping, uncomprehending at the screen, wondering, ‘Why would anybody making the millions and millions of bucks these guys are making endorse some crap for a few million more? I mean … surely there’s some embarrassment to putting your face next to Dunkin’ Donuts—what with so many kids watching your shows—and Type 2 diabetes exploding like it is … Surely there’s a line for these people, right?’”


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Posted: 5/30/2012 1:42:53 AM

Seems like a cool guy. The kind of dude you could go on a weekend bender with...But he takes himself to serious and shits on the first wave of celebrity chefs like Emril, who made it possible for him to be where he is.

And it's one thing to say Paula Deen encourages unhealthy eating, but does he really have give his opinion on people like Guy Fieri, people who are just out there having a good time.

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Posted: 5/30/2012 12:25:27 PM
I like him, but he's in danger of slipping (further?) into self-parody. 
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Posted: 6/3/2012 3:01:54 AM
Mannnnnnnnn so this episode last Monday when he was in Baja was the last No Reservations episode ever?!?!? That sucks behind.....but I am happy to hear that he will still be making a tv show. It's ironic that he is going to CNN almost......hypocritical? He always bashes those that "go to the dark side" lol. IF you have read his books then you would know what I am talking about....A Cook's Tour, Kitchen Confidential, and Medium Raw are all great reads. Lot's of his No Reservations are based on some of the stories in A Cook's Tour. I will be following this system closely 
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Posted: 6/4/2012 9:01:33 PM
Never mind...new episode tonight. Tony is in Penang. 
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