CNN Renews Successful Original Series Line-Up
November 13th, 2014
12:54 PM ET

CNN Renews Successful Original Series Line-Up

This is Life with Lisa Ling, Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe and Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Picked Up for Additional Seasons

Three of CNN’s successful Original Series have been picked up for additional seasons, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker announced today. Each of these primetime programs delivered stand-out ratings in their respective time periods, and further demonstrated the network’s commitment to quality, non-scripted series. FULL POST


Topics: Anthony Bourdain • CNN • Lisa Ling • Mike Rowe
October 6th, 2014
03:33 PM ET

CNN HOSTS JOURNEY TO FIND THEIR “ROOTS”

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“ROOTS: OUR JOURNEYS HOME” kicks off Sunday, October 12th, with a two-hour primetime special airing Tuesday, October 21st at 9 pm ET

Storytelling is at the core of what CNN does, and in a week-long series beginning Sunday, October 12th, thirteen of the network’s prominent hosts and anchors set out on a journey to find their ROOTS. A project one-year in the making, these journalists embark on an emotional journey across continents as they discover never-before-known details of their family histories.

ROOTS: OUR JOURNEYS HOME will kick-off on Sunday, October 12th at 9 pm ET with a special episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and will air across the network throughout the week, culminating in a two-hour special on Tuesday, October 21st at 9 pm ET. The following is the broadcast schedule for ROOTS:

SUNDAY 10/12
Anthony Bourdain – (9 pm ET) This investigation into the puzzling history of the Bourdain’s great, great, great, grandfather, Paraguayan émigré Jean Bourdain, serves as a springboard to his first tour of this South American country. In Paraguay, Bourdain explores both jungle and desert land, a rich culture, and savory local dishes that include Bife Koygua, Bori Bori, and Sopa Paraguaya.

MONDAY 10/13
Michaela Pereira – (6am ET on New Day) Michaela Pereira’s adoption journey began when she was very young—just three-months-old in Canada. Although she “hit the jackpot” with her adoptive family, she also knows that much of what you see in front of you—the color of her skin, the curl of her hair—comes from her biological parents. After a brief search years ago led to closed doors, Michaela embarks on her roots journey again—this time not in pursuit of her birth parents, but for the place that her ancestors came from—in St. James Parish, Jamaica.

Anderson Cooper – (8pm ET on AC360) Many people know Anderson Cooper as having come from one of America’s most famous families – the Vanderbilts. But growing up, Anderson was always drawn to the southern roots of his father, Wyatt Cooper. Anderson travels to Mississippi where his father grew up and discovers ties between the poor farming family and the rich Vanderbilts that existed before his parents ever met. FULL POST

September 10th, 2014
11:05 AM ET

'Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown' Launches Season Four with a Tour of Shanghai, Sept. 28

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New Season of Eight Episodes, Featuring Host’s First Trips to Iran and Paraguay, Will Be Preceded by Prime Cuts Show

Season four of the top-rated Emmy and Peabody award-winning CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, begins on Sunday, September 28 at 9pm ET/PT with a tour of Shanghai, China. Immediately following, CNN premieres This is Life with Lisa Ling at 10 pm ET/PT, as previously announced.

*In Season three, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was the #1 program in cable news during its flight among P25-54 (402k).

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown follows the world-renowned chef, and bestselling author as he travels across the globe to uncover the little known, the off-the-road, and seemingly sometimes deceptively familiar, areas of the world in a celebration of its diverse food and culture. The series is produced by Zero Point Zero Production with executive producers Chris Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Sandra Zweig, and Anthony Bourdain.

Airing at 8pm ET/PT, just prior the new season of Parts Unknown, will be a new edition of Prime Cuts, a one-hour program hosted by Bourdain that takes a look back at the previous season featuring recaps, outtakes and commentary.  FULL POST


Topics: Anthony Bourdain • CNN • CNN Originals • Parts Unknown
August 16th, 2014
10:50 PM ET

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Wins Outstanding Info Series in Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards

Award Marks Second Consecutive Win for Series in Category

CNN’sphoto popular original series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown was honored with the award for Outstanding Informational Series, for the second consecutive year, during the 2014 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy presentation at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles earlier tonight.

The award was presented to Anthony Bourdain, executive producer/host; Christopher Collins, executive producer; Lydia Tenaglia, executive producer; Sandra Zweig, executive producer; Jared Andrukanis, producer, Nick Brigden, producer; Michael Steed, producer, Tom Vitale, producer.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, which begins it’s fourth season on CNN this fall, follows the world-renowned chef, bestselling author and Peabody/multiple-Emmy award winning television personality as he travels across the globe to uncover little-known – and sometimes seemingly familiar – areas of the world, in a celebration of its diverse food and culture. The series is produced by Zero Point Zero Production with executive producers Chris Collins, Lydia Tenaglia and Sandra Zweig.

About Zero Point Zero Production Inc.:
Zero Point Zero Production, Inc. is an Emmy and Peabody Award winning television and digital production company founded in 2003 by Executive Producers Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia, with partner and Managing Director Joe Caterini coming aboard in 2009. Since its inception, the company has produced hundreds of hours of television in over 100 countries around the world, including the critically acclaimed, award winning series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN) and The Mind of a Chef (PBS). In 2009 Zero Point Zero began an expansion into other content platforms including interactive entertainment and publishing. In 2012 they released Pat LaFrieda’s Big App for Meat, an interactive encyclopedia chosen as Apple’s “App of the Week” and then named Apple’s “Best APPS of 2012”. In 2013 ZPZ acquired The Food Republic website, one of the launch properties in a new ZPZ-owned digital publishing venture. ZPZ is currently in production on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown season 3 (CNN); The Hunt with John Walsh (CNN); City.Ballet season 2 (a co-production with Sarah Jessica Parker for AOL On Originals); The Mind of a Chef season 3 (PBS); the award winning series, MeatEater with Steven Rinella season 4 (Sportsman Channel); The Getaway season 2 (Esquire/NBC); and Phil Rosenthal, The Lucky Bastard (PBS).

About CNN Worldwide:
CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of two dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Domestically, CNN reaches more individuals on television, the web and mobile devices than any other cable TV news organization in the United States; internationally, CNN is the most widely distributed news channel reaching more than 271 million households abroad; and CNN Digital is a top network for online news, mobile news and social media. Additionally, CNN Newsource is the world’s most extensively utilized news service partnering with hundreds of local and international news organizations around the world. CNN is division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company.

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April 10th, 2014
11:32 AM ET

CNN Announces New Primetime Schedule

Mike Rowe, Lisa Ling, John Walsh Join Anthony Bourdain, Morgan Spurlock for CNN Original Series

 Series and Films to Air at 9 PM, CNN Tonight to Air at 10 PM


CNN today announced a new primetime lineup that continues to build on the network’s strategy of offering both live, breaking news programming as well as quality, original series, CNN Films and in-house documentaries.

As part of the announcement, the network is bringing Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) back to series television, in a new program called Somebody’s Gotta Do It.  In addition, proven television personalities John Walsh (America’s Most Wanted) and Lisa Ling (Our America with Lisa Ling) will also join CNN, with their own new, original series. CNN will also premiere The Jesus Code, which will take viewers on a forensic and archaeological journey through the Bible. And CNN announced that the ten-part original series The Sixties, from Playtone and acclaimed producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, will premiere in late May.  The network also announced that its Peabody and Emmy-award winning hit Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown has been picked up for an additional four cycles in 2015 and 2016 and its critically acclaimed series Morgan Spurlock Inside Man has been renewed for another cycle in 2015. CNN has also entered into a development deal with the producers of Chicagoland to tell the story of another great American city.

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CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Wins Peabody Award
April 2nd, 2014
04:18 PM ET

CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Wins Peabody Award

The CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown is a winner in the University of Georgia’s 73rd annual George Foster Peabody Awards competition, which recognizes excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals.

In honoring the series, the judging panel noted, “Whether Bourdain’s tireless search for new taste experiences takes him to Myanmar or Detroit, he never fails to find great stories to go with the food.”

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Topics: Anthony Bourdain • CNN • Parts Unknown • Press Releases
March 13th, 2014
10:17 AM ET

“Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” Travels To Punjab, India In The Season Three Premiere Airing Sunday, April 13

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Eight Episode Season Includes Trips to Lyon, France, Mississippi Delta, and Russia; “Prime Cuts” Special Leads into Season Premiere  

The Emmy® award-winning CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown returns for its third season of eight new episodes on CNN, Sunday, April 13 at 9pm, ET, beginning with a look at the people, food, culture and history of India’s Punjab region.

Hosted by popular television personality, renowned chef and best-selling author Anthony Bourdain, this season of “Parts Unknown” includes excursions to Las Vegas, Lyon, France, Mexico City, the Mississippi Delta, Russia, Bahia, Brazil, and Thailand. Airing just prior to the start of season three will be an edition of Prime Cuts at 8pm, ET. The one-hour special will offer viewers a preview of the new season.

The hit series, which launched on CNN April 14, 2013, ranks as the network’s top rated regularly scheduled program in the P25-54 demo and averages approximately 818,000 total viewers per premiere episode. * FULL POST

Live From Las Vegas: Bourdain Takes A ‘Last Bite’ – Special to follow Season Two Finale on Sun, Nov. 10
October 31st, 2013
11:54 AM ET

Live From Las Vegas: Bourdain Takes A ‘Last Bite’ – Special to follow Season Two Finale on Sun, Nov. 10

Live Guests Include: Marcus Samuelsson, Wendell Pierce, Roy Choi, Bonnie McFarlane and Don Lemon

One-Hour Retrospective Follows Season 2 ‘Parts Unknown’ “Detroit” Finale at 9pm ET

CNN’s award-winning original series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown will present a live, one-hour retrospective episode, Parts Unknown Last Bite, airing from Las Vegas on Sunday November 10 at 10pm ET, following the season two finale of the series, “Detroit.”

Hosted by Bourdain, the live show will emanate from the historic Las Vegas locale Atomic Liquors (a former package store and café where patrons would watch nuclear test blasts from the roof) and include the following special guests: famed chef Marcus Samuelsson, Treme/The Wire star Wendell Pierce, LA chef/author of upcoming memoir LA Son, Roy Choi, comedian Bonnie McFarlane and CNN anchor Don Lemon.

Parts Unknown Last Bite will feature highlights from the past season and feature a lively debate among the guests on subjects such as food sustainability and guns in America – topics that were raised in various episodes of season two. FULL POST

September 30th, 2013
11:40 AM ET

CNN Renews Emmy-Winning Series “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” For Third Season

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CNN announced today that the multiple-Emmy award winning CNN original series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown has been renewed for a third season, which will debut in Spring, 2014.

The eight-episode season of the popular weekend lifestyle series, hosted by the world-renowned chef, television personality, and best-selling author, includes trips to Brazil, Las Vegas, and an African safari.

“We had high expectations for this series when it launched back in April, thanks to Tony and Zero Point Zero Production’s proven track record of success,” said Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide. “Yet they keep raising the bar – first with the spectacular series premiere in Myanmar, later in the season with the groundbreaking Libya episode, and then at the start of season two with a sensitive and incredibly informative tour of Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank. ‘Parts Unknown’ is a consistent ratings and critical success and we are so proud to be in partnership with Tony and ZPZ.” FULL POST

September 15th, 2013
11:59 PM ET

CNN Original Series “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” Wins Two 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards

photo[1]Series Honored for Outstanding Informational Series or Special, and Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming (“Myanmar”)

CNN’s high-rated new series, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, which premiered in April, was honored with two Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards during a presentation at the NOKIA Theater in Los Angeles earlier tonight.  This is the first time CNN has been awarded an Emmy in the primetime competition.

The series earned Emmy Awards in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Informational Series or Special. Award recipients: Anthony Bourdain, executive producer/host; Christopher Collins, executive producer; Lydia Tenaglia, executive producer; Sandra Zweig, executive producer; Sally Freeman, producer; Tom Vitale, producer.
  • Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming: “Myanmar”  (the series premiere episode offered an inside look at Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, discovering the fabled beauty and local cuisines of a country that had been, up until recently, off-limits to outsiders.). Award recipients: Todd Liebler, director of photography; Zach Zamboni, director of photography; Morgan Fallon, director of photography. FULL POST

Topics: Anthony Bourdain • CNN • CNN Originals • Parts Unknown
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