This morning I read a press release I never thought I'd read. Food Network is bringing back Anthony Bourdain's A Cook's Tour. That's right: The network that the feisty Bourdain seems to have nothing nice to say about is bringing back his original show. The half-hour episodes of A Cook's Tour originally aired in 2002 and lasted for two seasons. After those two seasons Bourdain departed from Food Network and rumors speculated that the network would never air the episodes again.
Well turns out that it was either a vicious rumor, or someone at Food Network has had a change of heart. Perhaps they're jealous of Bourdain's success on the Travel Channel, or perhaps they're looking to invigorate their lineup. Bob Tuschman, senior vice president for Programming and Production at Food Network, said:
Anthony Bourdain is a passionate foodie who has amazing stories to share as he takes viewers on a unique tour of our planet. We look forward to introducing new viewers to this memorable Food Network series and know they will enjoy Anthony's unique voice and unforgettable adventures.
Well, no matter what the reason, I'm just thrilled that they're finally reairing them. I've only seen a few of these episodes and am really looking forward to seeing the rest. If you're interested in checking them out, they're running a minimarathon on Christmas from 9–11p.m. If you've got plans on Christmas, then you'll be able to catch the episodes on Tuesday at 10:30p.m. starting Jan. 8.