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No Reservations Episode 1

The special episode Anthony Bourdain in Beirut that aired between Seasons 2 and 3 was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Programming in 2007.[1] In 2009 and 2011, the series won the Emmy for "Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming".[2]

No Reservations Episode 1

As with Season 3, Season 4 was aired in two parts: nine episodes in the winter of 2008, and ten in the summer of 2008. Various sources have referred to the summer episodes as Season 5, but in a post on his blog regarding the September 1, 2008 episode, Bourdain refers to it as the final episode of Season 4.[5] One special episode followed the regular 2008 episodes.

In March 2013, Netflix canceled instant streaming of the show without explanation, but restored a 25 episode "No Reservations Collection" in October 2014. Hulu offers 5 episodes from season 7 and 8[27]

In the first episode of "No Reservations," Anthony Bourdain spent the final three minutes in a Paris-based bistro munching on a ham sandwich and sipping on a cup of coffee. That, my friends, is a great way to slow down and enjoy your surroundings, especially when you're in another country.

There was a reason why Anthony Bourdain drifted off at the end of most episodes of "No Reservations." Bourdain wanted viewers at home to not only ask themselves what they just watched, but also what they just learned, which was a good thing because he wanted to bring people together.

With the exception of the "Bourdain in Beirut" episode, Anthony Bourdain had to keep the show's focus on food. After all, "No Reservations" was a food and travel show, not a political show. Besides, food and politics just don't mix, no matter how hard you try to be politically correct.

In a typical year, Anthony Bourdain traveled the world for nearly 250 days. That was a lot of time away from his family and friends, but it was worth it. I mean, Bourdain and his film crew had to take 10 days to film one episode to make sure everything was "perfect."

Food Network frequently came under Bourdain's fire. While it seemed he was sometimes being overly critical, his beef with the network went way back. One of the reasons Bourdain moved over to Travel Channel from Food Network was because of a falling out with the network. Bourdain was on a book tour in Spain when chef Ferran Adria invited him to his kitchen to film an episode of his show, but Food Network rejected the idea. He made the episode anyway and sold it to Travel Channel, who had no qualms about running the episode and it aired as a No Reservations special.

The pilot episode, set in France, reached fewer than a million viewers. The second episode of the series, where Bourdain traveled to Iceland, also bombed. Instead of cancelling the show, network execs decided to make it even bigger and bolder. "I knew this was someone they would respond to," Pat Younge, a former executive at Travel Channel told The Washington Post. "They just had to see him."

The episode would end up being nominated for an Emmy award, but it almost didn't air. "I didn't feel I had the gravitas to tackle such a serious subject," Bourdain told Los Angeles Times. "I make a snarky show about food and travel."

Still unsatisfied with how the city was portrayed, Bourdain returned to Lebanon four years later for another episode. "The most urgent reason I'm here is because I have lived with a deep sense of dissatisfaction that I never got to show people how amazing this place is," he said.

"You won't see me entering the house or the restaurants meeting the chef," he told Forbes. "We don't do retakes and no thank you exits, it ruins everything." Bourdain added that since walk-ins are staged scenes, the entire episode would lose authenticity for starting out with a lie.

Anthony Bourdain swore off filming in Sicily after a disastrous episode sent him into a flying rage. Bourdain has always committed to authenticity in his shows, so when a fisherman staged a cuttlefish and octopus expedition with dead seafood, Bourdain snapped. He thought he and the crew would be going to catch live seafood, but instead discovered that the fisherman accompanying them had thrown dead animals into the water for them to "catch."

Bourdain told Forbes that he was so angry at the duplicity that he began "pounding negronis" and was drunk in the episode's next scene. Bourdain was so intoxicated that he didn't even remember it, which turned out to be a good thing as the same fisherman had one more trick up his sleeve. He said he would be bringing them to his "traditional" restaurant which turned out to be anything but authentic.

Filming more than a dozen episodes each season of a show that requires you to travel the globe can be taxing. Bourdain would often be out of the country for 250 days out of the year. While filming No Reservations, he also filmed two seasons of The Layover, another travel show with a much shorter timeline. While Bourdain and the crew would spend several days in each location for No Reservations, on The Layover they would only have 24-48 hours to build a story around each destination.

"I like doing what I do and I like doing sixteen episodes of No Reservations a year, but The Layover was hard on me," Bourdain told Eater. "It was hard with that much food and liquor in a two-day shooting period, back-to-back-to-back. And that's after shooting No Reservations."

No Reservations was more than just a travel show. Bourdain also used it as a political platform. After filming an episode of the show in Saudi Arabia in 2008, international perception of the country shifted. In a piece for Elle, filmmaker Danya Alhamrani described what the dynamic figure (who she guided on his visit) had done for her country. "To this day... I'm still told by people I meet that the only good thing they see online about Saudi Arabia is the episode of No Reservations," she wrote. "I was informed that it was the highest viewed episode of any show on the Travel Channel at the time. People were hungry for real stories from Saudi Arabia, about real Saudis, and Tony finally gave us a voice."

Alhamrani added that more than simply filming in her country, Bourdain genuinely tried to get to know the culture and the people. "He experienced everything with an open mind and an open heart and relayed it very beautifully in the episode," she said.

After years of filming in exciting cities around the world, fans expected No Reservations to go out with a bang. It did, but not in the way they expected. Instead of going to some remote location, Anthony Bourdain kept things local. Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, Bourdain never spent much time getting to know the nearby NYC borough of Brooklyn. For the show's final episode, he decided to explore it. It was a sharp change from the international destinations viewers had come to expect from the show, but in many ways Brooklyn was a foreign country for Bourdain. The TV personality spent so much time traveling for his show that his own city became something of a stranger.

Setting the final episode in Brooklyn also drove home Bourdain's belief that travel is important, but that you don't need to go far to have an adventure. One of Bourdain's most beloved quotations declares his philosophy: "If I'm an advocate for anything, it's to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else's shoes or at least eat their food. It's a plus for everybody."

The final episode of No Reservations was the end of an era, but also the start of a new one. Bourdain didn't end the show to quit traveling, but rather to travel to even more destinations. He moved to CNN and began work on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, which carried on the spirit of No Reservations and its predecessor, A Cook's Tour. "There are a lot of places where me and my team have been wanting to make television for a long time and haven't been able to," Bourdain told Adweek after No Reservations wrapped. "And CNN has the infrastructure and inclination to make those places doable."

Over its 142 episodes, Bourdain traveled the globe to let viewers in on the lesser-known spots in big cities and more picturesque towns that previously only locals were privy to. From New Jersey to New Zealand and everywhere in between, No Reservations ventured off the beaten track and offered an alternative for travel (and travel TV) enthusiasts who were unmoved and uninspired by the likes of Rick Steves and for whom Andrew Zimmern seemed just a bit too gimmicky. Bourdain was, in a word, refreshing.

Today, Tim Purdon with Robins Kaplan, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), and Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Spirit Lake Tribe and six individual plaintiffs to ensure that eligible Native American voters residing on reservations in North Dakota will be able to cast a ballot in the 2018 midterm elections and in all future elections.

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Learning Objective: Upon completion of this episode, the listener should be able to describe evolving standards of care for the management of vitreoretinal disorders or the outcomes from recent research and how these impact patient care decisions. 041b061a72


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