Anthony Bourdain Makes Reservations With CNN

1x1.trans Anthony Bourdain Makes Reservations With CNNNo Reservations host Anthony Bourdain is leaving the show, which he has hosted on the Travel Channel since 2005, to host a new weekend food and travel program on CNN.

The announcement was made this week by CNN Worldwide Executive Vice President and Managing Editor Mark Whitaker.

CNN says the new show will be shot on location, and debut in early 2013. The show will examine cultures from around the world through their food, dining, and travel rituals.

CNN added that Bourdain’s new show “will mark a further step in broadening and distinguishing CNN’s weekend programming from its traditional weekday news coverage.”

Because CNN hit a 20-year primetime ratings low in May, and posted its worst week in two decades earlier in the month, CNN hopes Bourdain can help work a ratings miracle.

In their desperate bid to capture ratings, CNN has also announced that ABC News’ John Brennan will join CNN’s early morning show “Early Start”. And not long ago, CNN recruited CNBC’s Erin Burnett to anchor a prime time news program called “Erin Burnett OutFront”.

1x1.trans Anthony Bourdain Makes Reservations With CNNAnd of course, CNN axed Larry King and replaced him with Piers Morgan, the arrogant former British TV personality recently accused of giving phone hacking tips to BBC quiz show host and television news presenter Jeremy Paxman.

Paxman and Morgan were both called to testify. By the way, Piers Morgan’s CNN show suffers dismal ratings.

Politico reported on Donald Trump’s cheap shot at CNN’s low ratings, in which Trump and Wolf Blitzer had a heated exchange resulting in the two men calling one another “ridiculous”.

CNN claims Bourdain — who once called Paula Deen America’s “most dangerous person” — 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.

“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.”

1x1.trans Anthony Bourdain Makes Reservations With CNNBefore hosting No Reservations, Bourdain previously hosted “A Cook’s Tour” on the Food Network, he once wrote for HBO’s New Orleans-based drama Treme, and appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef.

Bourdain is also the author of critically acclaimed non-fiction and fiction books, including the New York Times bestsellers “Kitchen Confidential” and “A Cook’s Tour.”

Bourdain has received Emmy awards for programs on Haiti and Laos, and an Emmy nomination for a No Reservations episode shot in Beirut during the 2006 Lebanon War.

Bourdain’s CNN experience 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 production team also produced No Reservations, The Layover, A Cook’s Tour, and Decoding Ferran Adria, and has worked with Bourdain for over 10 years.

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