Sunda chef Rodelio Aglibot's new show, Food Buddha, will premiere at 9 p.m. June 14 on TLC. As we'd described earlier, the show has Aglibot traveling to various cities to sample the local cuisine (via Aglibot's "OOE [one of each]" ordering style at restaurants), then going back to the kitchen at Sunda in River North to come up with a new dish informed by his travels.
Bummer, though -- the network is promoting this as a "special," not a series.
Update: "Craving Comfort," which was to be Smith's hosting debut, is off the table.
"In the process of developing the show, the network decided not to move forward with the concept," TLC spokesman Dustin Smith says. (You might have guessed as much after reading our cover story on Smith in February and wondering why there was no mention of an air date).
There is an upside, however: TLC is "talking to Art Smith about other opportunities on the network," Smith says. Expect a less vague announcement in a few weeks.