Anthony Bourdain is leaving the Travel Channel to join CNN for his own show that will launch sometime in the early part of 2013. The author, media personality and chef will become the news channel’s marquee personality in its efforts to broaden lifestyle programming.
The program is still untitled but will air in the evening on Sundays. CNN executives described a show that seems to be similar to Bourdain’s TC series that has been very popular, as it will have him examining cultures from all over the world via food, travel and dining.
The new deal will also have Bourdain appear on other programs on CNN as a regular contributor, though it is uncertain whether or not he will appear on CNN before his actual show starts sometime in 2013.
Bourdain said he was excited about joining CNN and he said the world for him was going to get much bigger. He said he hoped his regular fans and any new ones would be excited with what is in store for them down the road.
The show will air Sunday evenings and repeat the following Saturday night. In a prepared statement, CNN said, “For more than the 10 years, Anthony Bourdain has help educate Americans about cultures and cuisines from all over the world, as well as be a commentator on new social trends that range from celebrity chefs’ popularity to fast food chain popularity to veganism and vegetarianism.”
A signature of Bourdain has been to travel to disaster and war torn areas and he won an Emmy for an episode he did in Haiti following the devastating earthquake.