Last month, when Netflix announced which movies and shows would be leaving the service in June, the CNN series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was scheduled to depart on June 16th. Today, the service has announced that it has extended its licensing agreement for the show, and that fans will be able to watch the series on Netflix for “months to come.”
Bourdain, 61, was found dead by suicide on June 12th in Paris, prompting significant fan and media interest in the shows he created during his career. Fans noticed that Parts Unknown was going to be leaving Netflix, making it that much more difficult to watch the series, and immediately began rallying for an extension for the show’s Netflix run. A petition on Change.org even popped up over the weekend, and has picked up more than 6,000 signatures at the time of this writing.
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown premiered on CNN in 2013 and, over 11 seasons, it followed the celebrity chef as he traveled to various parts of the world, from Libya and the Congo to Jerusalem and Detroit. The common lens was food: Bourdain used local cuisine as a way to investigate, bond with, and learn about local cultures, and then share those stories with viewers. It followed other shows where Bourdain served as host, including The Layover and No Reservations, both of which aired on The Travel Channel.
Bourdain was shooting an episode of Parts Unknown in France at the time of his death.