Can chef, writer, traveler, and snark-master Anthony Bourdain turn a traveling minus into a plus? He's aiming to do just that with his new show, The Layover, which premiers on the Travel Channel Monday, November 21, at 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT). Bourdain describes the new show as "a fast, busy and content-filled hour." I don't know about you, but those are not adjectives I usually use to describe my layovers, which raises my hopes for both the quality of the show and my future time spent waiting around in airports.
The ten-part series will be presented in an hour-long format, and will follow Bourdain as he explores cities in 24 to 48 hours, while bringing viewers budget-friendly, insider info on each destination "that only the most seasoned travelers would know."
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The Layover promises to be a more personal reflection of Bourdain's experience of each city, bringing us to places where Tony would go "even when the cameras are off" in the U.S., Asia and Europe. While there is no official episode schedule as of yet, the cities slated for the Bourdain layover treatment are New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Rome, Montreal and Amsterdam.
As someone who hates sitting around an airport during a long layover, I am curious to see what a layover looks like through Bourdain's eyes. I think the point of view is sharp, and will broaden his appeal to an even wider spectrum of viewers. On his own blog Tony writes: "We are well aware that many of the meals and experiences on No Reservations are, frankly, impossible to duplicate ... unlike No Rez you will actually be able to do the stuff covered on the show. And unlike other shows of the genre, you might actually want to."