What Stanley Tucci Says The Future May Hold For Searching For Italy

Perhaps you love Stanley Tucci for his portrayal of Julia Child's husband, Paul, in the film "Julie & Julia." Or maybe you agree with Tucci that the perfect negroni should be shaken, rather than stirred, as his viral Instagram post conveyed. It could be that Reboot is right, and Tucci is, scientifically, just really, really sexy. Many of us have fallen a bit in love with Stanley Tucci because of his CNN original series, "Searching for Italy," and were heartbroken to learn the network has, as Variety revealed, stepped back from its production of the original series and doesn't plan on serving up another season of Tucci's Emmy-winning series that explores the food and culture of Italy.

Viewers eagerly anticipated the show's second season and CNN boasted of its broad appeal with viewers. So when Stanley Tucci appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," the host asked about the show, touted its double Emmy wins, and invited Tucci to share his plans for the future. Tucci explained, "CNN canceled all their original programming," before giving us a glimpse of what may be in store.

Stanley Tucci plans to continue 'Searching for Italy'

Jimmy Fallon asked Tucci, "Will there be a season three?" To our great delight, Tucci answered, "Yes, I hope there will be." After telling Fallon about CNN's decision to drop original programming, Tucci said he hopes the show will appear on "another streamer network," adding "Yes, I have plans to do season three and more." Fallon summed up the exchange, quipping, "'Searching for Italy' is searching for a new network."

Season two of Tucci's "Searching for Italy" saw the actor and passionate food lover experience pasta in a way that broke all the rules, according to CNN's must-watch moments. Tucci watched traditional bread baking in Sardinia, dined on lobster fit for royalty in Alghero, sampled olive oil in Puglia, and picked up tips in Liguria from the "King of Pesto." Tucci's reflections on the food and the complex character of the country of his roots are both nuanced and inviting, as when he muses, "I've traveled through this peninsula searching for a definition of a country that is at once welcoming and resistant, beautiful and dark, ancient and young." 

When "Searching for Italy" finds a new home, you can bet we'll be watching, probably with some spaghetti alla Nerano.