CNN Picks Up Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy for Second Season. Here’s Why it Works So Well

Fans of escapist non-fiction narrative television, beautiful shots of Italy and food preparation — and, well, Italian food preparation — can rejoice in the delightful news that CNN has picked up its new travel-doc-foodie series Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy for a second season.

CNN’s decision to add a second season is equal parts unsurprising (the show’s premiere episode was the top-rated show on cable news when it aired on Valentine’s Day) and shocking, in that a travel food show with such high production value targeting a seemingly sophisticated viewership would rate so well.

But there are a lot of reasons why this nuanced show works so well, not least of which is its debut around the one-year mark of
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