Anthony Bourdain’s 'Parts Unknown' Will Return for One Last Season and a Final Tribute
A final season of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” will air this fall, giving viewers of the popular food and travel show a chance to say goodbye to Bourdain, who died by suicide on June 8.
The first episode will feel similar to past ones with Bourdain’s signature narration, the Los Angeles Times reports, as it was the only one completed before Bourdain’s death. The remaining episodes will be narrated by Bourdain’s former cast and crew members.
“Each one will feel slightly different depending on what’s gathered in the field,” Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content at CNN, 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.”
The second to last episode will include behind-the-scenes footage with cast and crew reflecting on the series. The last episode will be dedicated to how Bourdain “affected the world” and will feature interviews with fans, friends and coworkers.
Bourdain was known for his outspoken personality and the respectful way he covered different cultures. He was candid about his struggles with addiction and depression and supported his girlfriend Asia Argento after she spoke out against Harvey Weinstein.
The 12th and final season of Bourdain’s show will premiere on CNN. Those interested in earlier episodes can stream seasons one through eight on Netflix.
The week of Bourdain’s death was also the week of Kate Spade’s suicide, and proved to be a tough time for many people — especially those in the mental health community. If you plan on watching the final season of “Parts Unknown” or if news of a final season is tough for you, reach out for support.
“It can be, I think, demoralizing and defeating to see two celebrities take their own lives,” Mighty contributor and therapist Annie Wright wrote. “You may be having the thought, ‘We lost two more of our own.’ You may feel a sense of defeat in yourself about coping and dealing with your own self-harming thoughts. If this is the case, it’s a signal you need to ramp up your support and self-care this week. So please don’t ignore that signal!”
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