Phil Rosenthal’s food and travel show is moving.
“I just want to thank you all for your support this year and I’m so happy you liked the food and travel show and I’ve gotten all your messages on social media asking are there going to be more shows … I wish I had some information for you but…” he says in a video he shared on Twitter as he opens a fortune cookie to reveal that he will “begin a new journey … Exclusively with Netflix.”
Dear people, this is happening: pic.twitter.com/WtWnPLaNAQ
— Phil Rosenthal (@PhilRosenthal) January 9, 2017
The series ran for one season in 2015 on the public broadcaster and was warmly received by critics. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the show was not cost-effective for PBS, and deep-pocketed Netflix — which is expected to spend upward of $6 billion on originals in 2017 — swooped in to pick up the series. A new title is expected to be announced (the video message ended with the clever hashtag #NetflixAndPhil) and an episode count as well as premiere date have also yet to be determined.
Noted foodie and travel buff Rosenthal visited Tokyo, Italy, Paris, Hong Kong and Los Angeles during the six-part series I’ll Have What Phil’s Having. The show follows Rosenthal as he explores cultural delicacies around the globe. He tried everything from century-old eggs (eggs fermented in ash) to pond loach (eels that swim in rice paddies). Celebrity guests including Ray Romano, Martin Short, Allison Janney and Larry Wilmore also appeared.