Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ to get final season this fall

Anthony Bourdain’s culinary travel series “Parts Unknown” will have a final season premiering in the fall, a spokesperson for CNN confirmed Wednesday. 

In a statement to USA TODAY, the rep said the new season will feature seven episodes and an exact premiere date has yet to be announced.

Episode details for the remaining six are not yet available but CNN EVP Amy Entelis provided some broad strokes in an interview with the Los Angeles Times published Wednesday morning.

The outlet reports that only one episode had been finished before Bourdain’s death in June.

Bourdain’s friend, chef Eric Ripert, found the 61-year-old celebrity chef-turned-journalist unresponsive in his hotel room in eastern France. Christian de Rocquigny, the local prosecutor handling the case, told The New York Times and People that suicide was the cause of death.

In the completed episode, Bourdain reportedly visits Kenya with his fellow CNN colleague W. Kamau Bell, who hosts “United Shades of America.” 

Four additional episodes filmed in Spain, Indonesia, Manhattan’s Lower East Side and the Big Bend area near the Texas-Mexico border will be completed with help from the directors who shot the projects. They will feature Bourdain’s voice, though not his trademark voiceovers, according to the news outlet. 

“Each one will feel slightly different depending on what’s gathered in the field,” Entelis told the LA Times. “They will have the full presence of Tony because you’ll see him, you’ll hear him, you’ll watch him. That layer of his narration will be missing, but it will be replaced by other voices of people who are in the episodes.”

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According to the story, the penultimate episode will feature a conversation with the cast and crew, as well as outtakes and behind-the-scenes moments. 

As Entelis describes it, the finale will depict “how Tony affected the world,” featuring the program’s impact on fans and those who appeared on the show. 

In one of his final interviews with The Bergen Record’s (201) Magazine, Bourdain explained that he focused more on taking risks than pleasing the audience. It paid off in numerous Emmy nominations and wins. (A month after his death, the Television Academy announced that he had earned two more nods and six for “Parts Unknown” overall.)

“In my opinion, if you start thinking about what people like about the show, or who’s watching, you repeat yourself,” Bourdain said during an April phone conversation while shooting in Spain. “It’s very easy, I think, to give the people what they want.  That’s why there are all these shows about the top 10 burgers, favorite diners, dives and drive-ins. That strikes a chord with people. Those are immensely popular shows.”

He continued, “Our credo, our motto, is to just never repeat ourselves if at all possible, to try to do something different, to take chances, to change the game as much as we can, whenever we can.”

Fans of Bourdain can also look forward to a new biography set to publish in the fall of 2019. “Bourdain: The Oral Biography,” will be edited by the chef’s long-time collaborator Laurie Woolever, who recently co-authored “Appetites: A Cookbook” with Bourdain in 2016.

Contributing: Jayme Deerwester and Mary Cadden

If you know someone who is thinking about suicide call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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