Are you ready for the return of Anthony Bourdain? The famous chef, who left the Travel Channel and his series No Reservations behind last year for the green hills of CNN, will premiere his new series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown on Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m.
The first episode sees the show's host travelling to Myanmar, where he will discover the "fabled beauty and local cuisines" of the country, which has been ruled by a military dictatorship for nearly five decades and only seen trade sanctions eased recently after decades of being in place.
The series will take Bourdain to a variety of different locales, including Libya, Colombia, the Quebecois side of Canada, Koreatown in Los Angeles, Tangier, Peru and the Congo. The series will see Bourdain doing some tourism, as well as tasting local cuisine.
This series is not the result of Jeff Zucker taking over the struggling network, as the deal for it was signed prior to his arrival. I wonder if that will affect the series if it does not do well in the ratings race.
"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," Bourdain said last year about the new series. "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."