A final season of the late Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ will air this fall

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The world was dealt a blow on June 8 when news broke that Anthony Bourdain had died by suicide at the age of 61. The iconic chef and storyteller was a bold personality who inspired foodies and non-foodies alike, and his death has left a huge hole in millions of lives.

However, Bourdain’s fans will get a chance to reconnect with the iconic television host this fall when CNN airs new episodes of his Emmy Award-nominated food travel series, “Parts Unknown.” The final season of “Parts Unknown,” which launched in April 2013, will feature seven never-before-seen episodes.

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Only one episode of “Parts Unknown” was completed before Bourdain’s death in June. That episode will see the late chef traveling to Kenya with comedian W. Kamau Bell, a network colleague and host of CNN’s Emmy Award-winning show, “United Shades of America.” It will also be the last installment to feature Bourdain’s personalized narration.

Another four episodes will show Bourdain visiting parts of Europe, Asia and the United States. Two will be set in Indonesia and the Asturias region of Spain, respectively, while the other two will have the prolific food travel host heading to Manhattan’s Lower East Side and the Big Bend region in Texas.

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Zero Point Zero, the production company for “Parts Unknown,” will complete each of those episodes, and use audio recordings of Bourdain collected while he shot on location. The company will also include follow-up interviews, which are currently being filmed, to help tie each episode together.

“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,” Amy Entelis, CNN’s executive vice president of talent and content, told the Los Angeles Times. “That layer of his narration will be missing, but it will be replaced by other voices of people who are in the episodes.”

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The season’s penultimate episode will feature behind-the-scenes footage and revelations from the cast and crew on how “Parts Unknown” is made. The last hour of the series will focus on Bourdain’s influence in the culinary world and the lives he touched, incorporating reactions from fans, friends and others who have appeared on the series.

If you or someone you know are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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