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Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ Earns 6 Emmy Nominations [Updated]

The host gets a posthumous nod in the Outstanding Informational Series or Special category

Anthony Bourdain sitting at an outdoor table in a scene from Parts Unknown: West Virginia. CNN

Parts Unknown host Anthony Bourdain, who died on June 8, has a posthumous Emmy Award nomination for his hit CNN series, per the Hollywood Reporter. Nominations were announced Thursday morning; Parts Unknown received six nominations in total, while content produced for the CNN.com site Explore Parts Unknown also garnered a nomination for Outstanding Short-Form Nonfiction or Reality Series.

Parts Unknown is up for Outstanding Informational Series or Special. The series, which Bourdain produced in addition to his hosting role, won the Emmy for this category each year from 2013 to 2016. This year, it’s also nominated for Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction Program, and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction Program. The 2017 “Southern Italy” episode is nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program.

Bourdain was on location in Kaysersberg, France, shooting Parts Unknown at the time of his death, which was ruled a suicide. His body was discovered in his hotel room by Le Bernardin chef Eric Ripert, a close friend.

Prior to the debut of Parts Unknown in 2013, Bourdain’s Travel Channel series No Reservations won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming in 2011. PBS’s The Mind of a Chef, produced by Bourdain, won an Emmy for Outstanding Culinary Program in 2014.

Other food-world Emmy nominations this year are as follows.

  • Bob’s Burgers: Outstanding Animated Program
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Period Or Fantasy Program (One Hour Or More), Outstanding Casting For A Comedy Series, Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (One Hour), Outstanding Period Costumes, Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series, Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series, Outstanding Music Supervision, Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series (Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel), Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series (Tony Shalhoub as Abe Weissman), Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series (Alex Borstein as Susie), Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series (Jane Lynch as Sophie Lennon), Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
  • Queer Eye: Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program, Outstanding Cinematography For A Reality Program, Outstanding Picture Editing For A Structured Or Competition Reality Program, Outstanding Structured Reality Program
  • Superior Doughnuts: Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series
  • Chef’s Table: Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program
  • Portlandia: Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series, Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
  • Drunk History: Outstanding Picture Editing For Variety Programming, Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
  • Silicon Valley’s Slicelineapp: Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within A Scripted Program
  • Somebody Feed Phil: Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music
  • The Good Place: Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series (Maya Rudolph as Judge Gen in “The Burrito”)
  • At Home With Amy Sedaris: Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
  • Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen: Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction Or Reality Series
  • Top Chef: Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

Update: July 12, 2018, 1:30 p.m.

This article was updated to include a full list of food-related Emmy nominations for 2018.

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