Following the tragic death of food-world icon Anthony Bourdain last week, fans of the chef/author launched an online petition to keep the first eight seasons of his CNN show Parts Unknown on Netflix past its expiration date of Saturday, June 16. And, after hearing the cries of thousands of Bourdain fans around the world, Netflix has worked out a deal to keep Parts Unknown in its library for months to come. The entertainment titan announced the news this afternoon:
Some fans have noticed that Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was scheduled to come off Netflix US on June 16. As of today, we’ve extended our agreement that will keep Parts Unknown on the service for months to come.— Netflix US (@netflix) June 12, 2018
This is surely great news for Bourdain fans who want to remember the late, great world traveler by watching some of the best TV episodes of his storied career.
What remains to be seen, however, is what will happen to the episodes of Parts Unknown that were filmed but have yet to be released. Last weekend, CNN aired a new Berlin-themed episode with an introduction by Anderson Cooper that addressed Bourdain’s death, but the network has not commented on the fate of the last two episodes of Season 11, focusing on trips to Cajun country and Bhutan. The network also has not announced what will happen with the batch of episodes that Bourdain was filming when he died, which, judging by his Instagram photos, likely cover Africa, Spain, and Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Eater has reached out to CNN and Bourdain’s production company, Zero Point Zero, for more details. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.