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Set the Tivos! Bourdain Comes Back to Food Network!

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.


LuciLu LuciLu 9 years
i just ate at his les halles restaurant on park ave in nyc over the weekend! YUMMM. cant wait to catch his original show!! :D
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 9 years
I dont want to be like Mike. I want to be like Tony!! (My family is going to hate me on xmas guess what we are going to be watching all day on the big screen oh yeah!!!!)
lolabella lolabella 9 years
yay! more tony! he's to die for. :) thanks for this - i never associate him with the food network (which i never watch), so i had no idea they were airing these. huzzah!
Love him. He's the person that I heard the "no swordfish" rule from.
Food Food 9 years
Just Oh - thanks for that tidbit, that makes sooo much more sense now
Just-Oh Just-Oh 9 years
According to Bourdain, TFN's ownership of "A Cook's Tour" expires in 2008 so the network is getting in one last showing. He dropped this nugget at a book signing with Michael Ruhlman.
Ultress Ultress 9 years
perhaps they're finally realzing their existing lineup is crap. with rachel ray, sandra lee, unwrapped, and those moronic challenges they're clearly under the impression their audience is brain dead.
cath619 cath619 9 years
can't wait to see the old new show!
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I love Anthony!!!!! So they are just going to show old episodes? I like him on Travel Channel because I would think he would be a lot more censored on Food Network
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
see - his new shows seem a bit too 'upscale' for the food network - more aspirational...but i guess maybe it's a good thing. i don't care for him, so it doesn't mean much to me that his show's back - but i guess it's good for him. greater distribution on a higher rated network than the travel channel
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
Yippee - I'm a big fan also. Never have seen A Cook's Tour. Thanks for the info.
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 9 years
Anthony is my dream man. Swoon...:nerdgirl:
busybeegal busybeegal 9 years
Long live Bourdain!!!
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
Yey, I can't wait!!
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