Bourdain Joining CNN. Renowned (and controversial) food writer and globetrotter Anthony Bourdain will begin hosting a weekend program for CNN in early 2013, the network has announced. The show will be “a signature showcase for the network’s coverage of food and travel.”
CNN adds that “the show will be shot on location and examine cultures from around the world through their food and dining and travel rituals [and is] slated to air … on Sundays in prime time with repeat airings on Saturday nights.”
Bourdain you may know from books like Kitchen Confidential, series on the Travel Channel, Food Network and Bravo, and for taking potshots at Paula Deen.
Keys Notes. Among the guests at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday will be Akron’s own the Black Keys. Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach are set to perform their song Gold on the Ceiling. Just in case the promise of new footage from The Dark Knight Rises isn’t enough to get you to watch the show. Russell Brand hosts.
Last Stone? I’m a fan of the TV movies starring Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone, the character created by the late Robert B. Parker. But the latest film, Benefit of the Doubt, seemed one of the weakest in the series, and I am apparently not alone in my disenchantment. Variety reports that Benefit will be the last Stone film made for CBS.
According to Variety, the movie “attracted nearly 13 million viewers — a hit by that standard. The audience, however, skewed very old, with only a 1.2 rating in the key sales demographic of adults 18-49. The rating among adults 50 and older was nearly 10 times that high. Michael Brandman, who produces the movies with Selleck and has taken over writing the books since Parker’s death in 2010, said CBS had notified them they wouldn’t be ordering any more movies about the small-town sheriff, and that it was unclear whether the property might have a future elsewhere.”
The situation looks similar to that with the NBC series Harry’s Law, which the network dropped because the audience skewed old. But, since CBS has renewed the Selleck-starring (and older-appealing) Blue Bloods, Variety notes the problem here may be that CBS just isn’t airing many TV movies — having also ended its long relationship with Hallmark Hall of Fame in 2011. (ABC now has the Hallmark specials.)
Wedding Bells. Cynthia Nixon of Sex and the City fame and longtime companion Christine Marinoni have tied the knot in New York, People.com reports.
“Nixon, 46, wore a flowing, pale green gown by Carolina Herrera and carried a bouquet of white peonies,” said the website. “Marinoni, 45, wore a suit with a darker green tie for the ceremony.”
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