While it’s been a little over a month since Anthony Bourdain tragically passed away, CNN has confirmed that the final season of Parts Unknown will air this fall. While Anthony took his own life while the season was in production, the season will be finished in his honor.
It will function as a tribute and a farewell to a personality beloved in culinary circles and by the world in general. CNN has gone into further details on the final season of the show.
Most of the season had been filmed before Bourdain’s tragic passing. However, Bourdain’s signature voiceover will be missing from all but one episode. The narration will instead be performed by directors or people who are featured in episodes.
Anthony’s presence will still be felt, as he’ll be on-screen and audible, but he didn’t record the voiceovers for the other episodes. The episode with his narration is set in Kenya and was the only one wholly completed before his death.
The Other Episodes
The remaining six episodes of the season will have varying feels, depending on material available. “Four other [episodes] set in Manhattan’s Lower East Side — in addition to the Big Bend area of Texas along the border of Mexico, the Asturias region of Spain and Indonesia — will be completed by the directors who filmed them for Bourdain’s Zero Point Zero production company,” says Amy Entelis.
Entelis is the executive VP of talent and content at CNN. These are the episodes that will feature audio of Bourdain from the field but not the narration he was scheduled to record for them.
“They will have the full presence of Tony because you’ll see him, you’ll hear him, you’ll watch him,” Entelis elaborates. “That layer of his narration will be missing, but it will be replaced by other voices of people who are in the episodes … We don’t want to start putting things together that weren’t meant to be.”
The Final Two Episodes of Parts Unknown
The second-to-last episode will be a behind-the-scenes episode of the making of the show. The crew will be the primary focus, their interactions with Bourdain and their work on the show. It will also focus on how Bourdain’s work affected the world, and what he brought to those he met.
The final episode will be a final tribute to Bourdain, his life and his work. Bourdain touched many lives with his influential and entertaining work in the culinary field. He wasn’t afraid of the unknown and was excellent at bringing together people from various cultures. His influence will be felt for years to come, and he will be dearly missed.
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