The final episodes of the show premiere this Sunday.
Some nights, Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown" is the reason I don't go to sleep. Other nights, it's the reason I can't sleep. Either way, I can depend on Bourdain's Emmy Award-winning show to confuse, delight, and entrance me. From Houston to Hanoi, every episode teaches me something new and enamors me of Bourdain's acerbic wit a little more deeply.
After the polymath committed suicide this June, the fate of the show was uncertain. Earlier this month, however, CNN shared that they would air the final "Parts Unknown" episodes that had been in progress before Bourdain took his life, starting with W. Kamau Bell and Bourdain visiting Kenya. Yesterday, the network shared the trailer for the episode which will premiere on Sunday, September 23rd at 9:00pm ET.
The emotional clip shows the host of CNN's "United Shades of America" journeying through Kenya with Bourdain, interwoven with Bell reflecting on his deceased friend. "He wasn't making TV for TV's sake; he wasn't just doing a job," Bell said. "This was his life's work."
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So how can we pick up where Bourdain left off? Vacation less, vagabond more; strike up a conversation with a stranger; always order an extra bowl of spicy noodles.
"Parts Unknown's" greatest strength isn't in showing how exotic and different various nooks of the planet are — it's in showing that we're all exactly, irrevocably the same.