This week’s new episode of No Reservations is another special where Anthony Bourdain answers fans’ “Burning Questions,” but they look pretty tepid from the promo and the results of a lame Travel Channel poll. (Note to TC: Softball questions tossed by your PR people to your biggest star can never burn.)
I expect the best moments will be some footage of Zamir.
However, what is truly shocking is Tony’s blog post this week, For Parents Only. He wantonly slips of out of his leather jacket and sexy, single, world-weary wanderer persona and into his bunny slippers to review kiddie TV. I’m not a parent, but I loved it. He makes me want to catch some of these God-awful shows to see how low children’s television has sunk since Captain Kangaroo, Howdy Doody, and Romper Room.
I regularly see the last 5 minutes of PBS’ Word Girl because it’s on right before BBC World News. I swear one of the voices is Lisa Simpson, but I never manage to read the credits.
Anyway, with characteristically caustic wit, Tony hits so many shows, I’m wondering if he’s not developing a new addiction. The image of Bourdain on the floor with a two-year-old, lapping this stuff up, is enough to give hardcore fans nightmares. Maybe it’s his way of preparing us for Sardinia on September 14, where we meet the in-laws. Or perhaps he’s researching a new book: How to Raise a Really Snarky Kid.
The Web once again was quiet, but I found two blogs that seem to be trading on Tony’s fame. (Before you say it, no, I don’t. Cats Working is his accidental reviewer and biographer and he’s well aware of it.)
Team Camwell engaged in what I’d call bold-faced hijacking. After writing a gratuitous, gushy introductory paragraph revealing how little they know about Bourdain (He’s a “world-famous chef?” He’s “featured on Top Chef?”) they pasted Bourdain’s entire blog post about kid TV and didn’t give Tony a clear byline.
And this was bound to happen after Julie & Julia – but not in my kitchen. It’s Sophia and Tony. Sophia made (and photographed) his boeuf bourguignon recipe from the Les Halles Cookbook. It turned out great, but she ate a disgusting-looking frozen NutriSystem meal for dinner anyway.
Somehow, I don’t see book and movie deals in her future.