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Posts Tagged ‘Anthony Bourdain’

Mike Rowe: ‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It,’ Isn’t Another ‘Dirty Jobs’

MikeRoweIceSculptureCNN toasted their newest host Mike Rowe at Hudson Mercantile on the far West Side of Manhattan tonight.

Next Wednesday Rowe takes his bow on the network with his new show “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.” Rowe says it’s not a continuation of his old Discovery Channel show “Dirty Jobs,” but rather an extension of a segment he did on “Evening Magazine” back in the early 2000s on San Francisco station KPIX.

“‘Dirty Jobs’ focused through the lens of dirt. This show will focus through the lens of people,” Rowe says. While the show is more than a decade in the making, getting it on CNN has taken considerably less time.

On his first day in January 2013, new CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker spotted Rowe dining at the Landmarc in Time Warner Center. “I sat down and I said to him, ‘We want you on CNN.’ And here we are 18 months later. It took a little while, but here we are.”

Rowe says he told Zucker all he needed was “some jet fuel and an hour a week. One hour. One single hour where there’s absolutely, positively not going to be any bad news… Unless of course something breaks, and then I get it,” Rowe jokes, recognizing CNN’s primary mission.

Rowe says CNN is a great fit for his brand of reality TV, which he says has devolved over time. “CNN has always been a non-fiction network, with an eye on news,” he says. “But what’s going on in the rest of the industry, I’m not sure. I joked with Jeff, ’The duck’s have a dynasty, the amish have a mafia and honey’s got a boo boo.”

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Sunday Ticker: Bourdain, Bolton, Brzezinski

  • Season four of the Peabody award-winning CNN Original Series “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown,” starts tonight at 9pmET/PT. Bourdain takes viewers on a tour of Shanghai. Immediately following, CNN premieres “This is Life with Lisa Ling” at 10pmET/PT.

  • FBN’s Deirdre Bolton will be taking her show on the road to San Francisco tomorrow. Bolton talks with the San Francisco Chronicle about her TV style in NY vs. SF. “Normally in New York, I would not do a Mark Zuckerberg jeans and a hoodie,” she says.

  • MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski will be in Philadelphia Monday to speak at the Women’s Leadership Luncheon of the group City Year Philadelphia, which taps 200 people between ages 17-24, to be mentors and tutors for the city’s public school students.

The Scoreboard: Sunday, Sept. 21

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 136 | MSNBC: 105 | CNN: 94 | HLN: 124
  • Primetime: FNC: 114 | MSNBC: 162 | CNN: 103 | HLN: 172

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Alt/HC:

92

MediaBuzz:

118

FNSunday:

119

Faulkner:

116

Huckabee:

143

Greta/ISIS:

136

Stossel:

62

Huckabee:

70

Greta/ISIS:

96

MSNBC
Convict:

57

Secrets:

39

Tangled:

59

MurderMt:

114

Mystery:

102

Lockup:

164

Lockup:

221

Lockup:

253

Lockup:

204

CNN
Nwsroom:

107

Nwsroom:

76

Nwsroom:

61

DoubleAgent:

49

Bourdain:

99

Bourdain:

116

Bourdain:

93

Bourdain:

135

Bourdain:

133

HLN
Files:

80

Files:

144

Files:

151

Files:

164

Files:

167

Files:

152

Files:

197

Files:

203

Files:

225

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‘Fox & Friends’ Is Most-Watched Hour in the Demo Friday

FandF919The 8amET hour of “Fox & Friends” was the most watched hour of any cable news show on Friday in the A25-54 demo. Averaging 367,000 viewers, the hour topped only the 7amET hour which averaged 364,000 viewers. As usual “The O’Reilly Factor” was the most watched among total viewers for the day, with 2.287 million.

Over on CNN, a daytime hour was also the most-watched on that network: the 5pmET edition of “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” drew 558,000 viewers, more than any other hour on CNN Friday. That hour was the second most-watched, after Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown at 9pmET.

Anthony Bourdain ‘Reluctant Optimist’

BourdainCNN2Anthony Bourdain has evolved. Once cynical about the world around him (“I assumed humans were basically bad people and if you stumbled…you would be devoured”) his world travels have turned him into a reluctant optimist.

Talking with the Wall Street Journal about the new season of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” debuting Sunday, Bourdain says traveling around the world makes him feel “hopeful” and “better about the human species.”

For one episode this fall, he went to Iran, where he sampled dishes like kebabs and rice. He was surprised by how welcoming Iranians were to Americans, despite the tension between the two governments. “I’ve been to a lot of countries, and I’ve really never walked down the street and seen so many people so happy to see an American, ever,” he says. When the crew went out one night to celebrate a producer’s birthday, the staff at the restaurant brought out a cake and apologized for not having American flags to put on the table.

Anthony Bourdain and VICE Each Take Home Outstanding Informational Series Emmy

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In a rare occurrence, there were two winners for Outstanding Informational Series at last night’s Creative Arts Emmy awards.

CNN’s Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown was honored for the second straight year. And this year, VICE on HBO was also presented the award. HBO took home the most awards with 15. NBC was next with 10, including for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting direction for the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony. “The Colbert Report” team took home Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series. And ABC’s “Shark Tank,” which gets a second run on CNBC, won Outstanding Structured Reality Program.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, July 16

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 229 | MSNBC: 70 | CNN: 85 | HLN: 105
  • Primetime: FNC: 369 | MSNBC: 172 | CNN: 130 | HLN: 116

4p: 5p: 6/6:30p 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

114

TheFive:

288

Baier:

219

Greta:

205

O’Reilly:

429

Kelly:

398

Hannity:

281

O’Reilly:

292

Kelly:

236

MSNBC
Wagner:

46

EdShow:

87

Sharpton:

94

Matthews:

100

Hayes:

145

Maddow:

186

O’Donnell:

185

Hayes:

64

Maddow:

44

CNN
Tapper:

38

Blitzer:

97

Blitz/Cross:

125/134

Burnett:

126

Cooper:

146

Bourdain:

127

Tonight:

118

Cooper:

103

Bourdain:

102

HLN
Now:

55

Files:

61

Files:

76

Jane:

61

Grace:

117

Dr.Drew:

79

Files:

150

Files:

189

Files:

270

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John Walsh Back on ‘The Hunt’: ‘Television is Still the Most Powerful Medium’

John Walsh CNNWhen John Walsh‘s new CNN show, “The Hunt,” debuts Sunday night, it will be the latest chapter in Walsh’s life’s work: to catch the bad guys.

“I was on that painful journey for 27 years waiting for justice for my son. I know what it’s like. I will always be the father of a murdered child. I will always be that angry, driven guy,” the former “America’s Most Wanted” host told a group of reporters, including TVNewser, over lunch this week. “I just figured out one thing I can do really well  … I’d learn how to catch guys. I got better at it than any police agency because I had the public help.”

In the 26 years that “America’s Most Wanted” was on the air, Walsh’s profiles of fugitives led to the capture of 1,231 of the “biggest, rottenest, bastards on the planet,” as he describes them. Walsh, who has taken time off since Fox canceled “AMW,” was lured back to television by his longtime friend Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN Worldwide.

“Television is still the most powerful medium. Yes, we have all kinds of digital platforms. We’re teaming up with Facebook, Twitter, all of them are so excited about the show,” Walsh said. “But the bottom line is I caught 99 percent of the guys I caught because I caught them off the television.”

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Bourdain, ‘Sixties,’ Net Emmy Noms for CNN

BourdainEmmyThe Primetime Emmy nominations were announced this morning. Some of the usual suspects have been given nods, including Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, Claire Danes for Homeland, Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep. Full list here.

CNN was the only news network to make the cut, picking up several nominations for informational and documentary series.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” is nominated for Outstanding Informational Series or Special, and 5 other awards. “The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy” is up for two awards, including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special.

“We are extremely proud of the superb storytelling, highest-level production and singular voices of CNN’s Original Series,” says CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker. “They’ve clearly connected with viewers and critics alike and we are honored that the Television Academy has recognized their work.”

The 66th Primetime Emmys will air Monday, August 25 on NBC, moving from the usual Sunday airing to accommodate Sunday Night Football.

CNN Original Series’ nominations include:

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Q2 2014 Ratings: CNN #2 in Total Day Viewers

CNN was the second most watched cable news network in total day viewers for Q2 2014; it also tied with HLN for second in the daytime A25-54 demo.

The ratings for Q2, 2014:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 459K Total Viewers / 156K A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 341K Total Viewers / 105K A25-54

Compared to Q2 2013, CNN was down double digits in both total day and primetime viewers. In total day, the network was down -28% in total viewers and -35% in A25-54 viewers. For primetime, the net was down -31% in total viewers and down -32% in the demo.

Anderson Cooper 360” led the way for CNN, but was down -38% in total viewers and down -32% in the demo compared to the same quarter last year.  At 9pmET, the network had its lowest-rated total viewers quarter in 23 years (since 1991). CNN debuted its nightly original series and documentaries lineup in the 9pm timeslot midway through Q2.

For the month of June, CNN came in third in total day viewers, but placed fourth in the demo. In primetime, the net came in third in total and demo viewers. Year-over-year, CNN was also down -14%  in total day viewers and -15% in the demo. In primetime, the net was down -4% in both measurements.

CNN’s full press release after the jump.

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