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Travel Channel greenlights production for “The Layover” hosted by Anthony Bourdain

Travel Channel has greenlit production for “The Layover,” a new original travel series hosted by Anthony Bourdain, the host of the Network’s Emmy award-winning travel series “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations”. Travel Channel has partnered with Zero Point Zero to produce this ten episode, one-hour weekly series. Chris Collins, Lydia Tenaglia and Anthony Bourdain will serve as executive producers for Zero Point Zero, and Stone Roberts will serve as the executive producer for the Travel Channel. This marks the second original series the award-winning production company will produce for the Network. It produced Travel Channel’s seventh season of ‘No Reservations’, which recently earned four 2011 Emmy nominations. “The Layover” is slated to premiere in fourth quarter 2011.


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  1. So is this No Reservations with less food and more Rick Steves' travel tips thrown in? And cribbing a few ideas from Samantha Brown’s Great Weekends. Giada's Weekend Getaways, and Rachel's what-ever?

    Zero Point Zero has also produced to 'Gourmets ...' (does that mean there is more to Ruth Bourdain than a made up name?), and Brew Masters .

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    1. re: paulj

      I just saw Samantha Brown on the Bourdain holiday special, the Travel channel should be using her a lot more...

      1. re: rozz01

        I kept asking myself, 'is that really her?' But that whole holiday special was a mixture of the interesting, funny, and just plain weird.

        1. re: paulj

          It took me a second too, the whole about how the Travel Channel is just guys eating made me lose it :)

    2. <"This is a chance to show viewers the secrets of Tony's traveling routine: cracking open the essence of each city, getting right to the marrow of every experience, and making the most out of every moment. These shows are not only about finding the best of every city, but they're filled with amazing tips and tricks for where to go, where to stay, where to eat, and how to get around -- as only Tony can share them and ZPZ can get them on tape!," said Fred Graver, SVP, Programming & Development, Travel Channel.>

      So it sounds like they're going to unpack the cameras enroute to their NR destinations, and cut together a new show from the clippings.

      So be careful here guys... Tony revealed his favorite trick for getting recommendations for new cities during his talk on tour. He says that you can't just ask what's a good place to eat on Chowhound or EGullet, because all you'll get is "do a search, newb". So instead, he posts a quick note about how good a place was. Which is quickly replied to by 50 people saying what an idiot you are, you should have gone to xxx instead. Then he goes to xxx. So if you see this happening a lot here, you'll know why!

      1. It might be a good show, but it is a dumb name! A layover to most people is being stuck in an airport waiting for a plane change... I thought the show was going to be like, 'the top 10 best new food courts in airports up close and personal" from the title:)

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        1. re: gingershelley

          I have to say, even as a Bourdain lover, the word Layover in the title is pretty off-putting. If you travel a lot, yuck.

        2. Perhaps the title of the show came from his 'layover' in Beruit, for which he won some kind of award.

          1. Does this mean there won't be a new season of No Reservations, or will the shows run concurrently (or even consecutively)?

            As a displaced Delawarean with an appreciation for good beer I loved Brewmasters, though the episode about chica was sort of gross.

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            1. re: TuteTibiImperes

              Does the No Reservations page on Travel Channel tell you anything about a new season?

              The Layover blog

              The latest blog entries here after Aug 15. But there is some sort of special on Nov 15 - probably using archival footage.

              From these photos, I'm guessing that the Layover will be like No Reservations, but with more emphasis on street food and accessible places.

              1. re: paulj

                The Travel Channel page for No Reservations is awful, and gives no real information about the future of the show, which is why I asked. There are no google hits for "no reservations cancelled" that has to do with the show, but no real news of the next season either.

                I did find this article: http://blogs.delawareonline.com/secon... though from a couple of days ago which mentions that Tony is well into filming his next season while filming Layover at the same time. The wording is a bit ambiguous, but I doubt they would be filming two seasons of Layover at the same time, so I guess that confirms that No Reservations will continue.

                1. re: TuteTibiImperes

                  Bourdain was on David Letterman the other night (11/7/11) & Letterman asked about both shows. Bourdain said that "Layover" will run during the time that "No Reservations" would normally be showing repeats/on hiatus until the new season. "No Reservations" has NOT been cancelled.

                  1. re: Breezychow

                    Twice the Bourdain for the same low price? I can get behind that.

            2. I know this starts sometime later this month, but don't have an exact date. Does anyone? Thanks.

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              1. re: LulusMom

                titantv.com shows that the first episode airs Monday Nov 21 in my area.

                1. re: DiveFan

                  Yes, first episode at 9:00 EST tonight.

              2. watching the Singapore episode now...

                looks like its pretty much No Reservations, but with Bourdain complaining that he cant drink instead of actually drinking

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                1. re: mattstolz

                  It looks like this is Travel Channel's response to complaints that he was spending too much time on non-food related activities and introspection on No Reservations. Lots of quick hits and fast-edit food porn. It's almost as if he's preparing for his own series of travel books.

                  1. re: Sloth

                    Watched it and that's exactly what was missing - the patented AB introspection. The premise is completely lost - it really doesn't have anything @ all to do with a true layover. I live in NYC and if you really attempted to do all of these things in a half day to a day you'd fail. Besides most ppl stay close to the airport when they are on a short layover so why not explore the hidden gems out there? it's pretty much No Reservations, fast tracked. Maybe the focus is on urban destinations?

                    1. re: Mookie

                      Agreed. I just saw the NY episode and they could have called it "The Concierge Who Reads Food Blogs." I hope the other cities are more interesting than him hanging around with friends, and going to places you can't get into. (And one more shot of tubby Momofukuboy waddling around in shorts and sandals and I would have hit the OFF button. Does NOT make me want to eat.) Really lame.

                      1. re: Up With Olives

                        Rome was pretty damn awesome. Makes me want to go next summer, finally.

                        Can't wait for the 'dam episode...

                        1. re: Up With Olives

                          I thought I was being harsh when I had that same exact reaction about MomofukuBoy!