Travel Channel host Anthony Bourdain (pictured) is joining U.S. news net CNN as host of a new weekend program, in a bid to create a signature showcase for the network’s coverage of food and travel.
Launching in early 2013, the as-yet-untitled show will be shot on location and examine cultures from around the world through their food, dining and travel rituals.
Slated to air domestically on Sundays in primetime 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, the network said.
“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’s executive VP 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.”
The series will be produced by Zero Point Zero Production with executive producers and founders Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia, along with exec producer Sandy Zweig.
Zero Point Zero has been working with Bourdain for over a decade, producing Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, The Layover, A Cook’s Tour, and Decoding Ferran Adria.
Bourdain 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,” he said. “I think the world is going to get a whole lot bigger for me – I hope that old fans and new ones will be excited about what’s coming down the road.”
Bourdain has been the host of the Travel Channel series Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations since 2005. He previously hosted A Cook’s Tour on the Food Network and has appeared on Bravo’s competition series Top Chef.