Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown will stay on internet streaming service Netflix for at least another few months.
The fans have spoken, and Netflix has listened. After a public outcry to keep the show on Netflix following Bourdain’s tragic death last week, the streaming service has announced that they have worked out a deal to extend their license for “months to come”.
Parts Unknown is a wildly popular docu-series that followed famed French chef Anthony Bourdain as he sampled cuisine throughout the world. It would be no exaggeration to say that Bourdain had circumnavigated the globe several times during the show’s creation and enjoyed food from some of the world’s most difficult to reach locations.
The show airs on CNN Travel, where it’s currently in its 11th season, but the first 8 seasons also air in US Netflix under license. That license was set to expire on June 16th, but the recent and untimely death of Bourdain caused fans to create a change.org petition to convince Netflix to keep the show on their service.
Although not binding in any way, the petition reached over 7,000 signature in only a few days time. Netflix noticed the outcry and worked out an extension with CNN to keep the show on their streaming service for at least a few more months.
“As of today, we’ve extended our agreement that will keep Parts Unknown on the service for months to come,” said Netflix in a statement on their Twitter.
With 5 Emmy Awards under its belt, including four for Outstanding Informational Series or Special, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is considered an instant classic from food enthusiasts. His show brought him from Bombay to Hanoi to Los Angeles, speaking with locals and sampling cuisine wherever he went. Famed chefs frequently appeared as guest stars, and during season eight Boudain even got to sit down to dinner with then President Barack Obama.
Bourdain was working on a new episode in Strasbourg France at the time of his death.