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CNN Readies Final Season of Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’

Anthony Bourdain’s tragic death left CNN without one of its most recognizable personalities, but the cable-news outlet intends to maintain the culinary explorer’s presence at the network a little longer.

CNN will air a final seven-episode season of Bourdain’s popular “Parts Unknown”  this fall, according to a spokeswoman for the network, which is part of AT&T’s WarnerMedia.  CNN has one finished episode and four others that  will have to rely on directors and producers to complete, according to Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content at CNN, who revealed the network’s Bourdain plans in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

The first episode, which pairs Bourdain with CNN host W. Kamau Bell, will be the only one to use Bourdain’s narration, a signature element of the series.

Other episodes in the series’ final season will rely on archival footage and memories from crew members. The Times reported that the new episodes will see Bourdain visit Manhattan’s Lower East Side, an area of Texas close to the U.S. border with Mexico, Spain and Indonesia. Directors who work for Zero Point Zero, the production company behind the series, will work to complete the episodes, and could use audio from Bourdain’s visits already captured on video.

 

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