The hiatus of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, Season 7, continues. Crew member Helen Cho just tweeted that new episodes will resume July 11.
I’ll believe that when I see it.
Just as NR was heating up in its more child-friendly slot, Travel Channel yanked it for 11 weeks, throwing 9 p.m. up for grabs. Obviously, they expect Bourdain fans to keep checking back ad infinitum on the off-chance we won’t see Tony in Greece again.
This is the erratic, bullshit programming you get when you hire a bunch of drunken frat boys to plan the schedule with a dart board.
Speaking of which…
Composing this rant, I came across this article where Scripps Networks describes their ideal fantasy demographic for TC. It’s “upscale, fairly young and mostly male.”
They consider Bourdain a “tent-pole” personality, along with such luminaries as gross-out artist Andrew Zimmern, professional pig Adam Richman, and that hyper-testosteroned idiot Zach Bagan who sees dead people everywhere. Scripps claims Tony’s upcoming visit to Cuba will be “huge.”
On the other hand, Scripps says they want more programming focused on domestic destinations. I see this heading for another Cook’s Tour v. Food Network impasse.
I’ve got a news flash for Scripps: Bourdain turns 55 this month. Regular NR viewers know he’s a family man now and has drastically curtailed the “wild and crazy guy” stuff. How much mileage do you seriously expect to get out of him tooling around the States as a “former” bad-boy?
Scripps makes a grave miscalculation if they think legions of young men are jumping on the Bourdain bandwagon these days. How many boys aspire to be “as cool as Grandpa?”
Bourdain makes brilliant travel shows for grownups. If he wants to continue doing it, I hope there’s a network with more mature leadership he can call home. Travel Channel doesn’t deserve to have him.