Days following his terribly sad death, CNN has now confirmed that the remainder of the Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown episodes this season will air. The plan, at least in terms of their dates and times, will not change.
Entertainment Weekly cites CNN reporter Brian Stelter’s comment as a part of a recent newsletter, where he makes it clear that the episodes set around Mardi Gras and also Bhutan are going to come on the air as planned:
“After he was found dead last Friday, the network decided to go ahead and air the previously scheduled new episode, featuring Berlin, on Sunday … Now we know the plan for the remaining episodes. A CNN spokeswoman says the final two episodes of the season will also air as scheduled, this Sunday and next Sunday at 9 p.m. ET. The ‘Remembering Anthony Bourdain’ tribute will re-air this Sunday at 8.”
It feels appropriate that Bhutan be the last episode of this season, largely because Parts Unknown was for the most part a series about discovering new people and places. We’re not sure that any one place is more indicative of this than Bhutan, a country that most Americans wouldn’t be able to find on a map if asked. It’s a completely different place in which for viewers to explore. Given Bourdain’s history of providing innovative takes on some of his episodes, we also have a feeling that there will be a touch of unexpected artistry at the center of this episode, as well.
We already reported that Bourdain’s series is going to continue to be available via Netflix — this move comes as episodes were originally set to disappear later this month. The streaming service decided to order an extension that will keep the show available for at least the coming months. For everyone trying to catch up, you now have an opportunity to do so.
We’re grateful that we are going to get a chance to see more of Parts Unknown, at least so that Bourdain’s legacy can be celebrated in the way in which it should be. Our thoughts and condolences continue to go out to his family during this difficult time. (Photo: CNN.)