Eva Longoria is coming to CNN with the series Looking for Mexico, a pseudo-spin-off of CNN’s Stanley Tucci program: Searching for Italy, and will debut with six episodes in 2022, also being produced by Raw, the same studio behind Searching Italy. .
Like the CNN Tucci show, Searching for Mexico features Longoria traveling through Mexico and exploring the country’s food, people, and culture.
It is the first original series to be announced exclusively for the CNN+ streaming service and is also a potential franchise builder for the Search brand.
The Tucci show gained public acceptance and was quickly revamped after debuting earlier this year.
Season 2 of Searching for Italy will premiere on CNN in the spring of 2022.
“Partnering with CNN on a culinary expedition across Mexico is a dream come true. I am incredibly proud of my Mexican-American roots and can’t wait to bring Mexico’s hidden gems to the world through Searching for Mexico,” Longoria said in a statement.
“I’m a big fan of Stanley’s tour of Italy; He sets very high standards and I can’t wait for everyone to fall in love with the wonders of Mexico.”
“Eva’s passion for Mexico and its culture and cuisine is a natural follow-up to Stanley’s journey through Italy. We’re excited that he’s starting his journey at CNN+,” said Amy Entelis, executive vice president of content and talent development for CNN Worldwide.
Searching for Italy is the first CNN show in the travel/food genre since Bourdain’s death in 2018.
“There was never a question in our minds whether we would ever return to that genre. It’s going to be, what’s the right event, who’s the right person, the right time in terms of releasing something new,” Entelis said at the time.
“Our program is clearly different from yours. I’m not as adventurous as Tony, far from it. Or very bold,” Tucci said before the show’s premiere.
“But what it does do is open the door for all of us interested in food and travel to explore in our own way.”
Longoria was represented by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.
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