Anthony Bourdain’s final season of ‘Parts Unknown’: When to watch the N.J. foodie’s last trek
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By Amy Kuperinsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Anthony Bourdain died in June, but he left behind the stories of his final travels across the globe.
The product of those journeys, the 12th and final season of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” premieres on Sunday, Sept. 23 on CNN.
This final season of Bourdain’s show, which just won six Emmys, was only partially complete at the time of his suicide in France.
For all those interested in following along with the last chapter of the New Jersey-bred chef and writer’s food adventures, here are details on the upcoming season of his show.
Bourdain, who was born in New York and grew up in Leonia, dedicated two episodes to his home state — first in 2005 on his Travel Channel series “No Reservations” and then in 2015 on “Parts Unknown.”
For the first episode of his last season, Bourdain visits Kenya with CNN’s W. Kamau Bell (“United Shades of America”). The show premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 on CNN.
This was the only episode that was fully completed before Bourdain, 61, died on June 8. So the Kenya episode features the usual narration from Bourdain, but all other episodes in the upcoming season were completed using footage of Bourdain and interviews with the people he met with on his travels.
It was Bell’s first trip to Africa and Bourdain’s first trip to Kenya.
“I was — and still am — in awe of him,” Bell said, writing for CNN in an article published on Thursday. “It is one thing to be an experienced and gracious world traveler. It is another thing to be a writer who can seemingly easily, humorously and profoundly sum up the human experience. And it is a completely different thing to make great television. Tony did all these things. Oh yeah, he was a great cook, too.”
See a trailer for the episode in the clip above.
“Seventeen (expletive) years,” Bourdain tells Bell, looking back on his time as a traveling foodie. “As soon as the cameras turn off the crew will be sitting around we’ll be having a cocktail. I (expletive) pinch myself. I cannot (expletive) believe that I get to do this.”
Bourdain was supposed to film an episode of “United Shades of America” with Bell in Alabama, but he died before they could.
Bell said that during the trip in February, he and Bourdain went to see “Black Panther” in Nairobi. Both Bourdain and the show’s producers bought tickets to the movie for children they had filmed.
“He was far more than just the host of a popular TV show,” Bell wrote. “He was a singular force in the universe for good and for good times.”
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