Whatever they’re calling it, what starts airing Monday is the 2nd part of Season 5 of NO RESERVATIONS. That means we finished filming the episodes a little while back and they’ve been in post-production since (Editing, Voice Over writing and recording, color correction, sound, graphics and all sorts of really important but mostly incomprehensible- to- me technical stuff). You’ll find the list of episodes somewhere on this site.
Already filmed for Season SIX, are episodes in Brittany and Provence. And sometime in August, our intrepid crew will head out once again to destinations which may or may not include Prague, the Central Highlands of Viet Nam, Iran, Rome, Ecuador, Cuba, Kerala India, China, Maine,Turkey, the Congo … and a return to Beirut (among others).
We’re also looking at a sequel to the filthy, yet strangely compelling Food Porn special — this one provisonally titled “HOT ‘N’ NASTY FOOD SLUTS 2″ (though I suspect I’ll be hearing from the network lawyers on this) and a bounce around the Outer Boroughs of New York.
Of the series of shows airing imminently, I’m eager to see the polished final edit of the Thailand show — particularly during the muy thai sequence, the car “chase” stuff we shot in San Francisco, the return of Zamir on the Rust Belt show — and very much looking forward to seeing what the Sardinia show is going to look like (it’s still in editing) as it’s got prominent personal/family elements (We’ve jokingly been calling it the “Meet the Fokkers Show”).
I will tell you that Chile, the first show, was a gorgeous experience. It’s an amazing country — almost many countries in one, topographically speaking. The wine is shockingly good. The people are really nice. And they like pork. A lot. Arroyado? Awesome!
As I know we have many, many Chilean fans, I hope we don’t disappoint. How can you not love a place that serves a mutant hot dog like the “completo?!!”
The experience was notable for a few reasons beyond Chile’s general marvelousness: First off, editor Dave Robinson came along with us (we bring along our editors now and again — as sort of an outreach program — let ‘em see the real world outside their dark, funky smelling cubicles). Possibly overcome by the excitement of being outdoors — or simply swacked on pisco sours, Dave took a face-first tumble out of his hot tub in Patagonia, injuring his leg. It’s hard to sympathize with a guy who hurts himself falling out of a freakin’ hot tub — on an idyllic stretch of unspoiled Chilean coastline, no less. You can be assured that much merriment was made of his misery.
Lead producer Rennik Soholt, in one of his first international efforts as The Big Cheese ran right into the grinder of misfortune when his plans for an all-important barbecue (curanto) on an island were aborted at the last minute due to harsh weather (Helicopter called back, supply caravan stranded, an angry, near mutinous crew, all while his annoyingly gleeful host enjoyed his torment).
Fortunately, we captured every moment of this exquisite misery on tape. You’ll get to see that on an upcoming “BURNING QUESTIONS” special episode.
A final note on Chile; I would like to make a public appeal to the woman who unexpectedly gave birth during my speaking gig in Santiago (Or anyone who can reach out to her). I’d love to know: Boy or Girl? Antonio? or Antonia? Please let me know.