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Anthony Bourdain Kills the Pig for a New Orleans Feast on 'No Reservations' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 30th 2011 6:45PM
Anthony Bourdain waits to give the pig the good news on 'No Reservations'Anthony Bourdain is usually good at uncovering the details most other people might miss, and he didn't shirk that duty in his New Orleans episode of 'No Reservations' (Mondays, 9PM on Travel Channel). He showed the politics of the city with the help of 'Treme' writer Lolis Elie, the community effort that goes into a public feast, and even took part in killing the pig for pork.

'Treme' is often a political show, by necessity, and you can see where that voice comes from listening to Elie. "How can our chefs and our musicians be less vital to the national interest than whatever's going on in Iraq and Afghanistan or halfway around the world," he said. When it came time, Bourdain did not flinch from dispatching the pig with a pistol. "That's the way they taught me in Jersey," he said.

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Anthony Bourdain and Josh Homme Punish Jethro Tull on 'No Reservations' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 9th 2011 9:20AM
Anthony Bourdain and Josh HommeAnthony Bourdain is a huge music fan and this week he devoted an entire episode of 'No Reservations' (Mon., 9PM ET on TRAV) to hanging out with Josh Homme and the Queens of the Stone Age at Rancho de la Luna, their recording studio in the California desert.

It turns out that Bourdain and the guys have a long-standing grudge against the Grammy voting panel for what they deem an unforgivable lapse over 20 years ago.

As Bourdain puts it, an "ageing, clueless and increasingly incontinent Grammys judging panel" controversially awarded the 1989 Grammy for Best Hard Rock and Metal record to British prog rockers Jethro Tull.

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Anthony Bourdain on Food, Sex, and the American Dream on 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 8th 2011 12:31AM
real time bourdainWould you rather have a great meal or mediocre sex? That's one of the questions Bill Maher lobbed at Anthony Bourdain during the latest episode of 'Real Tim With Bill Maher' (Fri., 10PM ET on HBO).

The noted chef, author and 'No Reservations' star dropped by Maher's show to chat about food, sex and everything else that's currently inhabiting his headspace.

Bourdain joined Maher and filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and journalist Joan Walsh on a panel to discuss the current state of the American Dream.

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Anthony Bourdain Describes the Illegal Ortolan Dish on 'Colbert Report' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 5th 2011 4:41AM
Anthony Bourdain, 'The Colbert Report'Anthony Bourdain has experienced a lot of things and eaten a lot of exotic dishes throughout his career, but he may have peaked his unique culinary experiences with ortolan. Stephen Colbert just had to ask him about the protected bird dish on 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central).

It was interesting that the eating of this bird, which some say is endangered, comes with it an entire ritual dating back hundreds of years. But the actual ingestion could be a bit too much for less adventurous palates.

"You take it by the head and stick it in your mouth and crunch down into the body, bones guts and all," he said. "It's sort of a hot rush of fat, guts, bones, blood and meat and it's really delicious."

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Anthony Bourdain Guests on 'Yo Gabba Gabba!' Really!

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 24th 2010 4:38PM
It's not a stretch to say that anyone who's watched Anthony Bourdain on his various cable shows has either wanted to be his drinking buddy or slug him right in the mouth, a feeling that usually changes from hour to hour.

He reminds me of those friends I had in college who would stop listening to bands the second their videos were played on '120 Minutes' or they somehow made it past the confines of college radio. But at the same time, the guy seems like he'd be fun as hell to hang out with, where a visit with him always ensured you of great food, great drink, and great conversation.

So it's with great amusement that I give you the following clip, which is Bourdain playing "Doctor Tony" on Nickelodeon's fantastically trippy kids' show 'Yo Gabba Gabba!'. It's a preview of his guest stint, which is set to air on March 10:

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The Show Girl Dishes with Anthony Bourdain, Alex O'Loughlin, JLo & Stephen Merchant - VIDEO

by Maggie Furlong, posted Feb 12th 2010 2:00PM
Alex O'LoughlinYou've got questions? I've got answers. I'm The Show Girl!

Alex O'Loughlin fans have been begging to get him a new role on TV -- and now, he's booked it, Danno. I've got O'Loughlin's thoughts on taking the lead in the 'Hawaii 5-0' remake. Then I've got his 'Back-up Plan' costar Jennifer Lopez dishing about her stint on 'How I Met Your Mother' and going all Madonna on 'Glee.'

Plus, don't miss a hilarious reveal from no-nonsense 'No Reservations' host Anthony Bourdain, and the scoop on 'The Ricky Gervais Show' from funnyman Stephen Merchant.

Want more? Email me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong

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Anthony Bourdain Has 'No Reservations' About Sandra Lee, Bradley Cooper Or His Kitchen Skills

by Maggie Furlong, posted Feb 8th 2010 6:45PM
Anthony Bourdain, 'No Reservations'Anthony Bourdain isn't trying to get people to like him, and that's exactly why we adore him.

As host of Travel Channel's 'No Reservations,' we've seen Tony eat anything and everything on his culinary adventures -- and, at least once an episode, we're also treated to his usually curse-laced rants. Consider it the sparkly candle on top of an already amazing Kwanzaa cake. (More on that in a bit ...)

We caught up with the globetrotting foodie -- who'll have Bill Murray on the show's Hudson Valley episode tonight (Mon., Feb. 8, 10PM ET) -- to hear more about his biggest food loves, his problems with Bradley Cooper and why a simple 'Semi-Homemade' cake on TV haunts his dreams.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 16th 2007 9:01AM

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What's On Tonight: Kyle XY, Saving Grace, Weeds, Californication

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 3rd 2007 5:05PM
  • SpongeBobAt 7, USA has coverage of the U.S. Open (CNBC takes over at 9 except on the west coast).
  • At 8, ABC Family has a new Kyle XY, then new episodes of Greek and Slacker Cats.
  • Lots of classic shows on American Life starting at 8: 77 Sunset Strip, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Newhart, WKRP, and The Bob Newhart Show.
  • Also at 8: Nickelodeon has a new SpongeBob SquarePants.
  • At 9, ABC has a new Fat March.
  • There's a new episode of The Closer on TNT at 9, followed by a new Saving Grace.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • Food Network has a new Unwrapped at 9.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Dateline.
  • TBS has a new My Boys at 10.
  • MTV has a new ep of The Hills at 10.
  • VH-1 has a new Pick Up Artist at 10.
  • The Travel Channel has a new Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations at 10.
  • There's a new Weeds on Showtime at 10, then a new Californication.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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A guide to what's on Labor Day weekend

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 1st 2007 7:40AM
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Ah, September. This means the horrible, horrible month of August and the summer in general are going away. Thank God.

Labor Day is the unofficial "last hurrah" for summer, and there are a bunch of special shows and marathons on this three day weekend. Here's the day by day breakdown.

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What's On Tonight: Kyle XY, Hell's Kitchen, Anthony Bourdain, Shark Week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 30th 2007 5:05PM
  • At 8, ABC Family has a new Kyle XY, then a new Greek.
  • "Shark Week" continues on Discovery all night.
  • TNT has a new Heartland at 8, followed by a new episode of The Closer.
  • History Channel has a new Modern Marvels at 8, then a new Cities of the Underground.
  • At 9, PBS has a new History's Detectives.
  • ABC has the special Six Degrees of Martina McBride at 9.
  • There's a new Age of Love on NBC at 9.
  • FOX has a new Hell's Kitchen at 9.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • Travel Channel has a new Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern at 9, then a new Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
  • HBO has a new Big Love at 9.
  • Also at 9: ESPN2 has another installment of The Bronx is Burning.
  • At 10:30, Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Anthony Bourdain talks travel and food

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 30th 2007 10:14AM
Anthony BourdainThe reason I like Anthony Bourdain are many. For one, he knows a lot about food but he's not pretentious about it. Two, he isn't afraid to try bizarre foreign foods. And three, he's really blunt and honest about the state of the food industry and the whole celebrity chef culture. He also happens to be a good writer (check out his mystery stories too).

Our friends over at Gadling.com have an interview with Bourdain. Justin asks him about his early experiences traveling overseas, the one time he ate street food that forced him to go to the doctor, and where the show will take him this season (and how he chooses where to go).

The new season of No Reservations starts at 10pm tonight on The Travel Channel.

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The five greatest TV travelers

by Annie Wu, posted May 10th 2007 11:37AM
TV travelersWelcome to TV Squad Lists (formerly 'The Five'), a feature where each blogger has a chance to list his or her own rundown of things in television that stand out from the rest, both good and bad.

Just to clear up any potential confusion, this post is not about traveling television sets, nor is it about fictional TV characters who happen to travel. This is a list dedicated to real travelers who have taken us on fantastic journeys in the form of their own television shows.

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Anthony Bourdain is stuck in Beirut

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 17th 2006 5:31PM
Anthony BourdainWhen you used to say the word "Beirut", people would equate it to "hell on earth". But lately, the city has experienced a bit of a rebirth and has become a major tourist attraction. I would imagine that's why food expert and raconteur Anthony Bourdain and his crew flew over there this month to do an episode of his Travel Channel show No Reservations.

However, because of the battles between Israel and Hezbollah that broke out last week, Bourdain and crew are now stuck in the Lebanese capital, which is being hit for the first time in many years by artillery fire. After a thread about their predicament got started on the Travel Channel's bulletin board, Bourdain responded with his usual brand of weary nonchalance: "We are all of us (Diane, Jerry, Toddles, Tracey and me) in good health, good spirits and working ferociously on our tans and sipping blender drinks while watching the fireworks from a secure location. Our masters at Travel Channel have made sure we are being well looked after."

I would hope that the Travel Channel folks are trying to get Bourdain and crew out, but it's probably really difficult right now. Here's hoping that everyone continues to be safe.

[via Pop Candy]

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