No Reservations ending on Travel Channel, Anthony Bourdain moving to CNN

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.

On the occasion of his move, The New York Observer compiled a list of things he’s said about other food TV stars, and it’s hilarious (Sandra Lee: “Pure evil.”; Food Network: “a black hole of fun”; Guy Fieri: “If I had to be him for five hours, I’d hang myself”).

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