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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Premiers Sunday


Premiere Episode of New One-Hour Weekend Series Explores Food and Culture of Myanmar
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, hosted by the world-renowned chef, bestselling author and Emmy winning television personality, premieres on Sunday, April 14, at 9pm, ET.

The one-hour weekend lifestyle series follows Bourdain as he travels the across the globe to uncover little-known areas of the world and celebrate diverse cultures by exploring food and dining rituals. Known for his curiosity, candor, and acerbic wit, Bourdain takes viewers off the beaten path of tourist destinations - including some war-torn parts of the world - and meets with a variety of local citizens to offer a window into their lifestyles, and occasionally communes with an internationally lauded chef on his journeys. 

The premiere episode of the Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown offers an inside look at Myanmar. In his maiden voyage to the country formerly known as Burma, Bourdain and his crew discover the fabled beauty and local cuisines of a country that had been, up until recently, off-limits to outsiders.  Future episodes include tours of Libya, Colombia, the Quebecois side of Canada, Koreatown in Los Angeles, Tangier, Peru and the Congo.

Following original episodes of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown on Sunday nights at 9pm, encores will on Friday nights at 11pm, Saturday nights at 9pm, and Sunday nights at 8pm. (all times Eastern) 

Viewers can find updates, behind-the-scenes photos, and exclusive content from Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown by following the show’s Twitter account @partsunknownCNN, and accessing the CNN Parts Unknown Facebook page. During each show, viewers are invited to go to the live blog at and join in the conversation using the #PartsUnknown hashtag on Twitter.

In addition to his work on Parts Unknown, Bourdain will be traveling the United States in the spring to bring his “Guts & Glory” tour to live audiences beginning April 12 in San Francisco through May 13 in Washington D.C.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown is produced by Zero Point Zero Production with Executive Producers and Founders Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia, along with Executive Producer Sandra Zweig. The Emmy award winning Zero Point Zero Production has produced programs with Anthony Bourdain for more than a decade, including Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, The Layover, A Cooks Tour, and Decoding Ferran Adria.

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Anonymous said...

Cannot stand Anthony and will not watch the show. He is a self centered, know it all who doesn't respect anyone's opinion if it doesn't agree wit his(wait he will fit right in at CNN). If I do choose to watch the man it will be on the Travel Channel which still is running his old shows, but that is highly unlikely.

Anonymous said...

Nothing is wrong with this show being on CNN. It makes sense. CNN should be a learning experience.
Learn about the culture of other countries From
what I have seen on the CNN website it looks like
the show is interesting and informative.

Anonymous said...

This guy is the stereotypical ugly American who goes abroad and makes fun of food in other countries.

I'm sure that will go over well with the CNN International audience.

In 2 years he will be gone from CNN.

Anonymous said...

Interesting to note that CNN is not doing this show -- it is just buying it.

It seems CNN management doesn't trust it's staff to make programming anymore.

Anonymous said...

As a Time Warner employee now, I wonder if Bourdain has passed his mandatory drug test that all workers must do as per HR.

Anonymous said...

CNN will be doing what every television station in America does, which is to buy programming. CBS bought Big Bang Theory from Time Warner. Same thing goes for ABC & NBC.

Anonymous said...

Dear @7:20PM

Of course other channels buy - CBS, NBC, TLC, Discovery Channel etc all buy from production companies.

BUT - Discover, TLC, A&E etc don't have a huge staff like CNN who are paid every month to producer news stories.

And CBS News division doesn't buy shows. 60 Minutes creates content - it just doesn't buy it.

Same with NBC's Rock Center & Dateline and ABC's Nightline.

Fox News Channel, for example, produces everything in-house.

This is different from the Fox channel.

It seems like CNN is going down the MSNBC route - creating some programming, and buying others like Lockup.

If CNN continues to buy - and not create - then the obvious is question is when does Zucker start laying off staff ??

Anonymous said...

CNN still needs to produce it's own news content. The thing is content is king these days. The more the better. CNN has to move on both fronts. This show is only airing on CNN on Sundays. The only thing that CNN has dropped is weekend repeats of Piers Morgan. CNN needs different weekend programs. Parts Unknown is just like the travel/cultural shows you see on BBC and PBS. Lock Up has no news value. Parts Unknown is easier to sell to advertisers than a show like Crossfire. Advertises don't like their products associated with negativity. In the end this will actually bring in more money for CNN. That helps fund more news projects.

Anonymous said...

"In the end this will actually bring in more money for CNN. That helps fund more news projects."

Hmmm ... I'm not so sure about this conclusion. More money does not automatically mean increased news gathering budgets.

In fact, internationally, CNN has been reducing coverage and closing bureau's in the last couple of years.

I am more inclined to believe that more advertising money = bigger salaries for management.

Anonymous said...

I really wish they would move Don Lemon to another time slot. The only time I really have to watch news is in the late afternoon or evening on the weekends and he is always on. He should be on Entertainment Tonight. He does not belong on CNN.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed Parts Unknown. Anthony Bourdain is brutally honest and informative at the same time. I noticed that CNN called this an original series. CNN looked like HBO on Sunday night. They people powered ferris wheel and the punk rockers were my favorite moments of the show. I wanted to see what would happen next. Bourdain knows how to keep you watching with his unique brand of story-telling.

Anonymous said...

CNN needs to do more shows like this but broaden to include arts,culture and even concerts on weekends.
Cable news is to narrow minded in politics. All around
the world CCTV,BBC and others feature music and arts
as a part of the news. You can bet if this proves to be
successful that MSNBC and FNC will do the same thing.
The demos don't look good for cable news especially
for FNC on weekends. For all 3 the demos are going
lower during Mon-Fri. CNN would be adopting the
NPR model to a certain extend with the concerts.