It's hard to imagine "No Reservations" becoming more unhinged and off-the-cuff. But in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, that's just what the dryly charismatic celebrity chef and television host Anthony Bourdain promises with his recently announced new CNN series.
Bourdain opted this year to bring the popular travel and food documentary series to a close with it's final ninth season on The Travel Channel. He feels CNN will open numerous doors that the previous show's backers could not, allowing Bourdain and his crew to push new boundaries, visit new cultures, and indulge in new foods.
"Look, [CNN has] an infrastructure on the ground and, for a lot of years, there've been places we've tried to get into that we've been unable to" Bourdain explains. "There are some shows that we just haven't been able to do, like going up the Congo River ... going to post-conflict Libya. These are shows that would have been very, very difficult to do with Travel, in spite of best intentions. CNN has infrastructure and a whole world of contacts and experience in all these places. So, right away, that makes CNN a very attractive organization to work with because they can help us shoot in these places in ways that few other organizations could, certainly no travel or food network could."
The celebrity chef looks back fondly on the acclaimed Travel Channel series. "I've had a really good run," he continues. "The Travel Channel has been remarkably good to me and (allowed) me and my team to basically go anywhere we wanted and make television exactly the way we wanted with, really, next to no interference. And it's been a charmed life. All my dreams have come true."
"No Reservations" fans, what foreign culture would you like to see Bourdain and his band of merry misfits explore next?