Bourdain Gets Emmy Nomination for The Taste

By Karen

Let me state up-front that I think Anthony Bourdain deserves lots and lots of success. He paid his culinary dues for decades in hot kitchens, he works a punishing schedule to film and write for his travel shows (even if the results look like he does nothing but eat great food and drink). And while doing all this, he’s managed to produce 12 books, make oodles of personal appearances, and write for the HBO series Treme and myriad publications.

The guy’s work ethic can put Tasmanian Devils to shame.

But a nomination as Best Reality Show Host for The Taste? Come on!

Unfortunately, his stiffest competition is Betty White for Off Their Rockers, a show infinitely more entertaining in 5 minutes than The Taste was in all its 8 hours.

Tony personally has an undeservedly poor track record with Emmys. I’m afraid this one will put him one notch closer to becoming the Susan Lucci of reality TV.

On the other hand, there’s still hope…

Bourdain’s also nominated for writing the Libya episode of CNN’s Parts Unknown. Heck, let me just list all noms related to him so you can see what he’s up against:

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

  • The Taste • ABC – Anthony Bourdain
  • American Idol • FOX – Ryan Seacrest
  • Betty White’s Off Their Rockers • NBC – Betty White
  • Dancing with the Stars • ABC – Tom Bergeron
  • Project Runway • Lifetime – Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn
  • So You Think You Can Dance • FOX – Cat Deeley

Outstanding Informational Series or Special

  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown • CNN
  • Brain Games • Nat Geo
  • Inside the Actors Studio • Bravo
  • Oprah’s Master Class • OWN
  • Stand Up to Cancer • Tenth Planet

Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming

  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Libya – Anthony Bourdain
  • The Dust Bowl, The Great Plow Up • PBS – Dayton Duncan
  • Ethel • HBO – Mark Bailey
  • Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God • HBO – Alex Gibney
  • The Men Who Built America, A New War Begins • HISTORY – Stephen David et al.

Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming

  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Myanmar • CNN
  • Ethel • HBO
  • Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden • HBO
  • Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God • HBO
  • The Men Who Built America • A New War Begins • HISTORY

Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming

  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Myanmar • CNN
  • The Amazing Race • Be Safe and Don’t Hit a Cow • CBS
  • Crossfire Hurricane • HBO
  • Deadliest Catch, Mutiny on the Bering Sea • Discovery Channel
  • History of the Eagles • Showtime
  • Survivor, Create a Little Chaos • CBS

I hope Parts Unknown wins in all its categories, but ESPECIALLY Tony’s writing on Libya.

And now back to The Taste. Some developments…

Ludo Lefebvre is definitely back for Season 2, although no 4th judge has been named yet. OK, Ludo is admittedly very cute, and he even has a sense of humor. If he can manage to harness his inner jerk for Season 2, all will be forgiven.

But here’s the real shocker: Bourdain, Lawson, and Lefebvre are going to be judges in a British knock-off of the The Taste in 2014. Of course, the Brits are touting it as “Nigella Lawson’s The Taste.”

According to RealScreen

The Netherlands’ RTL4 and Belgium’s VTM recently acquired the Benelux remake rights for The Taste. Other international networks that have picked up the series include REN TV in Russia, CTV in Canada, Fox in India, Australia’s Nine Network and M6 in France.


Well, I don’t care how many countries are clamoring for it (France, I’m deeply shocked — SHOCKED — and dismayed by this display of bad taste), Season 1 stank, and no amount of PR hype about the lousy original premise will improve Season 2.

5 Responses to Bourdain Gets Emmy Nomination for The Taste

  1. adele says:

    I’m really pulling for Tony and the ZPZ crew in all the categories Parts Unknown is nominated, but except for cinematography, I think HBO’s Mea Maxima Culpa is going to win in its categories. After all, about two weeks after it aired, Pope Benedict “retired.” (I wonder if they let him keep any of his pope outfits)

  2. Zappa's Mom says:

    I thought AB’s Congo episode would surely get a nomination just for the fact that no one goes there.

  3. Zappa's Mom says:

    Who ever owns that bad Taste show (see what I did there?) must have paid big dollars for the Emmy nod.Whatever was paid under the table will come back a jillion times over in franchising fees…….not that anyone would do that

  4. catsworking says:

    So Bourdain and Nigella join Gordon Ramsay in taking their show transatlantic. Yes, ZM, it would seem that money must have changed hands somehow, somewhere. The Taste was pretty consistently deemed awful, and as much as I like Bourdain, the word “Emmy” never once crossed my mind on his hosting. If I were Nigella, I’d be pissed for not getting a nom as well, since she did as much of the “heavy lifting” as Tony.

    Oh, well. She’ll get her crack at the honors when the show goes Brit and Bourdain’s reduced to a bit player.

    Good point about the Congo episode. You’d think that would have gotten the attention. But as our boy said, nobody cares about the Congo. But Libya…

    Adele, I don’t think I saw much of the programming ZPZ is up against, but didn’t they lose to Deadliest Catch before? I was just glad not to see Ken Burns name in contention.

  5. MorganLF says:

    Ken Burns deserves more than an Emmy. He is the consummate researcher and writer and no one, no one has so consistently delivered engaging, educating and brilliant programming. I revere him.

    I hope Tony wins, something. While he is hardly mainstream I agree with Karen he is one hard working mutha.

    I just watched some old YouTube videos of old super skinny, dark haired, ear ringed Tony. Still raw arond the edges but def one smart funny cat. He has aged more than gracefully and is still one attractive cat, it’s time he gets his due.

    He has provided this Jersey tomato with many entertaining hours of television.

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