On June 8th, Anthony Bourdain committed suicide in France while filming his hit series, Parts Unknown. But his presence on social media, on CNN and on Netflix (which continued to run his show) remains undiminished.
Parts Unknown was—and is—one of CNN Original Series’ signature, and most lucrative, programs. In the first half of 2018, commercials on Parts Unknown went for $8,601, according to the L.A. Times, the most for any CNN program. It ran 166 times from October 1, 2017-June 14, 2018. This fall, the network will air the final season.
Only one episode (a trip to Kenya with W. Kamau Bell) was in the can before Bourdain died, and it will be the only one with Bourdain’s written narration. Four others will be set in NYC’s Lower East Side, one will be set in the Big Bend region of Texas, another in the Asturios region of Spain and another in Indonesia. These will be completed by the directors who filmed them and will use audio of Bourdain gathered on-location. Follow-up interviews with participants will also be included in the final cuts, the L.A. Times reports.
"Each one will feel slightly different depending on what’s gathered in the field," said Amy Entelis, the executive vice president of talent and content at CNN. She oversees the network’s original series and films, and launched Parts Unknown in 2013. "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."