Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown season 12 will happen; how it will work

Anthony BourdainFor everyone out there who wondered over the future of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknownwe now know that there will be a season 12 on the air.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the remainder of the episodes that were filmed before Bourdain’s devastating death earlier this year will eventually air on CNN, with one episode being totally complete — a trip to Kenya with W. Kamau Bell. The other episodes, which include trips to the Big Ben region of Texas, Indonesia, Spain, and other places, were totally filmed but do not have Bourdain’s signature narration. Other guests during those episodes will help with that.

Speaking to the aforementioned publication, CNN’s executive vice president of talent and content Amy Entelis had the following to say:

“Each one will feel slightly different depending on what’s gathered in the field … 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.”

Is this the right decision for CNN to make? We’d argue that it is since Bourdain clearly wanted many of these episodes to be aired and this show has always set out to honor him as an ambassador to the world. The final episodes are going to focus mostly on the making of the series and also the impact that Bourdain had on the entire world. The reason that his death shocked and saddened so many is because his presence was so magnetic and he was relatable. He was always the cool guy you’d want to travel with who would push you out of your comfort zone and teach you how to honor other people and places. We hope that even beyond the airing of season 12, there are still some ways for his work and his legacy to live on.

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