Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ to return for final season

The acclaimed food and travel show Parts Unknown by the late Anthony Bourdain is set to return to screens for a final season. Watch the trailer below.

The celebrated chef, TV host and documentarian died back in June after taking his own life. He died in Strasbourg, France, while working on a shoot for CNN series Parts Unknown. He was 61-years-old.

Now, the show has been confirmed to return for a seven-episode 12th season – and will debut on September 23.

As THR reports, one episode had been fully completed before Bourdain’s passing. The episode was centred around a trip to Kenya with fellow CNN host W. Kamau Bell. This will be the final episode to have Bourdain’s narration, while the remaining will be completed by Bourdain’s production company Zero Point Zero – and will feature audio of Bourdain that had been gathered while shooting on location.

“Each one will feel slightly different depending on what’s gathered in the field,” CNN’s Amy Entelis told the L.A. Times. “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.”

It is reported that there are four other location-based shows (Indonesia, West Texas, Spain and New York City’s Lower East Side), plus two specials. The first of the specials will feature the cast and crew discussing the making of the series, while the finale will focus on “how Tony affected the world.”

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The likes of Iggy Pop, U2 and Pearl Jam paid tribute to Bourdain, with his friend and collaborator Josh Homme also sharing a touching letter that he wrote to his daughter.

Homme once guested on Bourdain’s show No Reservations. In one sketch, Homme is seen playing a guitar and singing, before Bourdain walks up to him, takes his guitar and smashes it against a tree. Homme’s daughter Camille witnessed the sketch and according to Homme, became upset with Bourdain.

Upon hearing the news, Bourdain wrote a letter to Camille in which he apologized for upsetting her. Sharing the letter on Twitter, Homme wrote: “Tony, I miss you bad. Once, Camille was so mad at you. She was defending me. And so were you. And you, with great care, such empathy, such sweetness… You apologized to a little girl who was defending her daddy.”

In the letter, Bourdain says that it was ‘not Daddy’s guitar’ and the pair of them ‘were just playing around.’ You can see Homme’s message and Bourdain’s letter below.

Meanwhile, actor Asia Argento recently denied claims she sexually assaulted a former child star when he was 17 years old – while also claiming that a settlement was paid to him by partner Anthony Bourdain, who wanted to avoid “negative publicity”.

She then claimed that she was assaulted by the minor, but maintain that Bourdain paid the settlement.