April 10th, 2014
11:32 AM ET

CNN Announces New Primetime Schedule

Mike Rowe, Lisa Ling, John Walsh Join Anthony Bourdain, Morgan Spurlock for CNN Original Series

 Series and Films to Air at 9 PM, CNN Tonight to Air at 10 PM


CNN today announced a new primetime lineup that continues to build on the network’s strategy of offering both live, breaking news programming as well as quality, original series, CNN Films and in-house documentaries.

As part of the announcement, the network is bringing Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) back to series television, in a new program called Somebody’s Gotta Do It.  In addition, proven television personalities John Walsh (America’s Most Wanted) and Lisa Ling (Our America with Lisa Ling) will also join CNN, with their own new, original series. CNN will also premiere The Jesus Code, which will take viewers on a forensic and archaeological journey through the Bible. And CNN announced that the ten-part original series The Sixties, from Playtone and acclaimed producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, will premiere in late May.  The network also announced that its Peabody and Emmy-award winning hit Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown has been picked up for an additional four cycles in 2015 and 2016 and its critically acclaimed series Morgan Spurlock Inside Man has been renewed for another cycle in 2015. CNN has also entered into a development deal with the producers of Chicagoland to tell the story of another great American city.

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CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Wins Peabody Award
April 2nd, 2014
04:18 PM ET

CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Wins Peabody Award

The CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown is a winner in the University of Georgia’s 73rd annual George Foster Peabody Awards competition, which recognizes excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals.

In honoring the series, the judging panel noted, “Whether Bourdain’s tireless search for new taste experiences takes him to Myanmar or Detroit, he never fails to find great stories to go with the food.”

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Topics: Anthony Bourdain • CNN • Parts Unknown • Press Releases
March 13th, 2014
10:17 AM ET

“Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” Travels To Punjab, India In The Season Three Premiere Airing Sunday, April 13

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Eight Episode Season Includes Trips to Lyon, France, Mississippi Delta, and Russia; “Prime Cuts” Special Leads into Season Premiere  

The Emmy® award-winning CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown returns for its third season of eight new episodes on CNN, Sunday, April 13 at 9pm, ET, beginning with a look at the people, food, culture and history of India’s Punjab region.

Hosted by popular television personality, renowned chef and best-selling author Anthony Bourdain, this season of “Parts Unknown” includes excursions to Las Vegas, Lyon, France, Mexico City, the Mississippi Delta, Russia, Bahia, Brazil, and Thailand. Airing just prior to the start of season three will be an edition of Prime Cuts at 8pm, ET. The one-hour special will offer viewers a preview of the new season.

The hit series, which launched on CNN April 14, 2013, ranks as the network’s top rated regularly scheduled program in the P25-54 demo and averages approximately 818,000 total viewers per premiere episode. * FULL POST

Live From Las Vegas: Bourdain Takes A ‘Last Bite’ – Special to follow Season Two Finale on Sun, Nov. 10
October 31st, 2013
11:54 AM ET

Live From Las Vegas: Bourdain Takes A ‘Last Bite’ – Special to follow Season Two Finale on Sun, Nov. 10

Live Guests Include: Marcus Samuelsson, Wendell Pierce, Roy Choi, Bonnie McFarlane and Don Lemon

One-Hour Retrospective Follows Season 2 ‘Parts Unknown’ “Detroit” Finale at 9pm ET

CNN’s award-winning original series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown will present a live, one-hour retrospective episode, Parts Unknown Last Bite, airing from Las Vegas on Sunday November 10 at 10pm ET, following the season two finale of the series, “Detroit.”

Hosted by Bourdain, the live show will emanate from the historic Las Vegas locale Atomic Liquors (a former package store and café where patrons would watch nuclear test blasts from the roof) and include the following special guests: famed chef Marcus Samuelsson, Treme/The Wire star Wendell Pierce, LA chef/author of upcoming memoir LA Son, Roy Choi, comedian Bonnie McFarlane and CNN anchor Don Lemon.

Parts Unknown Last Bite will feature highlights from the past season and feature a lively debate among the guests on subjects such as food sustainability and guns in America – topics that were raised in various episodes of season two. FULL POST

September 30th, 2013
11:40 AM ET

CNN Renews Emmy-Winning Series “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” For Third Season

22925_001_05106_RNew Eight-Episode Season Debuts in Spring 2014 and Will Include Tours of Brazil, Las Vegas, and an African Safari

CNN announced today that the multiple-Emmy award winning CNN original series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown has been renewed for a third season, which will debut in Spring, 2014.

The eight-episode season of the popular weekend lifestyle series, hosted by the world-renowned chef, television personality, and best-selling author, includes trips to Brazil, Las Vegas, and an African safari.

“We had high expectations for this series when it launched back in April, thanks to Tony and Zero Point Zero Production’s proven track record of success,” said Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide. “Yet they keep raising the bar – first with the spectacular series premiere in Myanmar, later in the season with the groundbreaking Libya episode, and then at the start of season two with a sensitive and incredibly informative tour of Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank. ‘Parts Unknown’ is a consistent ratings and critical success and we are so proud to be in partnership with Tony and ZPZ.” FULL POST

September 15th, 2013
11:59 PM ET

CNN Original Series “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” Wins Two 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards

photo[1]Series Honored for Outstanding Informational Series or Special, and Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming (“Myanmar”)

CNN’s high-rated new series, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, which premiered in April, was honored with two Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards during a presentation at the NOKIA Theater in Los Angeles earlier tonight.  This is the first time CNN has been awarded an Emmy in the primetime competition.

The series earned Emmy Awards in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Informational Series or Special. Award recipients: Anthony Bourdain, executive producer/host; Christopher Collins, executive producer; Lydia Tenaglia, executive producer; Sandra Zweig, executive producer; Sally Freeman, producer; Tom Vitale, producer.
  • Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming: “Myanmar”  (the series premiere episode offered an inside look at Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, discovering the fabled beauty and local cuisines of a country that had been, up until recently, off-limits to outsiders.). Award recipients: Todd Liebler, director of photography; Zach Zamboni, director of photography; Morgan Fallon, director of photography. FULL POST

Topics: Anthony Bourdain • CNN • CNN Originals • Parts Unknown
CNN International launches season two of ‘Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown’
September 4th, 2013
07:11 AM ET

CNN International launches season two of ‘Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown’

Multi-Emmy Award-Nominated series begins Friday 20 September

CNN’s original series, ‘Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown’, which has been nominated for four Primetime Emmys in the 2013 competition, launches its second season on Friday 20 September at 1600 BST.

The first episode, ‘Jerusalem’ features tours of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, marking the first time Bourdain has filmed in these locations.

The new season of the weekend lifestyle series also takes Bourdain and his crew into “parts unknown” within Spain, New Mexico, Copenhagen, Sicily, Detroit, Tokyo and South Africa. FULL POST


Topics: Anthony Bourdain • CNN • CNN Originals • Parts Unknown
August 21st, 2013
10:56 AM ET

CNN's Parts Unknown Season 2 Premiere on Sept. 15 with Jerusalem – Israel, West Bank and Gaza

Season 2 of Anthony Bourdain premieres September 15 in Jerusalem - Israel, West Bank and Gaza

Season 2 of Anthony Bourdain premieres September 15 in Jerusalem – Israel, West Bank and Gaza

One-Hour ABPU: Prime Cuts Season One Special Featuring Notable Moments and a Preview of Season 2 Airs Sept. 15 at 8pm ET

CNN’s popular original series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, which has been nominated for four Primetime Emmys in the 2013 competition, launches its second season on Sunday, September 15 at 9pm ET. The season premiere episode “Jerusalem” features tours of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, marking the first time the host has filmed in these locations.

Leading into the season premiere, at 8pm ET, will be ABPU: Prime Cuts Season One, a retrospective special featuring notable moments, reminiscences, and a preview of season two.

The new season of the weekend lifestyle series, which airs Sundays at 9pm ET on CNN and CNN International, also takes Bourdain and his crew into “parts unknown” within Spain, New Mexico, Copenhagen, Sicily, Detroit, Tokyo and South Africa.   FULL POST

May 1st, 2013
11:33 AM ET

Season Two of CNN Original Series “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” begins Sept. 15

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New Season of CNN’s Popular Weekend Lifestyle Series to Feature Tours of Spain, New Mexico, Israel, Copenhagen, Sicily, Detroit, Tokyo, and India

The CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, will begin its second season of eight episodes on Sunday, September 15, it was announced by Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide.

The new season of the weekend lifestyle series will explore the food, culture and history and parts unknown within Spain, New Mexico, Israel, Copenhagen, Sicily, Detroit, Tokyo and India. The program will again air on CNN International, reaching more than 271 million households around the world.

“Tony and Zero Point Zero Production have created a spectacularly beautiful, informative and entertaining series for CNN that has resonated with viewers in a profound way,” said Zucker.  “In addition to its runaway ratings success, it is also quite the conversation starter, as anyone who follows social media can attest. We are so happy to announce season two, and I can assure you that audiences will love what is coming up on the show.” FULL POST


Topics: Anthony Bourdain • CNN • CNN Originals • Parts Unknown
April 23rd, 2013
05:31 PM ET

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Continues to Lead Key Cable Demo Adults 25-54

MORE THAN DOUBLES AUDIENCE OF CLOSEST COMPETITION

CNN’s Sunday Night Weekend Series Delivers 974,000 Total Viewers In Second Outing April 21, Up 30% From Premiere

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, CNN’s new weekend series airing at 9:00p.m. ET on Sundays again topped all cable news time period competition among adults 25-54 in its latest outing, and was also the top cable news program on Sunday.  The April 21 episode delivered 470,000 adults 25-54, up 67% vs. its premiere week and more than double the deliveries of its cable news competitors Fox News Channel and MSNBC (208,000 and 187,000 respectively).  Bourdain also had a strong week among total viewers (974,000), up 30% vs. its premiere week performance (747,000).

In Sunday’s episode, Bourdain explored the Koreatown section of Los Angeles and spotlighted the talents and food preferences of award-winning chef Roy Choi and acclaimed graffiti artist, painter, portraitist David Choe.

On the digital front, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown has received more than 1 million page views in its first two weeks on CNN.com. (Source: Adobe Analytics)  On social media, the premiere received 9,000 social mentions, up from last year’s 2,000 mentions for the No Reservations premiere on the Travel Channel.   Three posts about Parts Unknown on CNN’s Facebook fan page received over 70,000 combined actions and were the top posts on the account for each Sunday.  (Sources:  Sysomos 4/14/2013; Facebook API 4/14 & 21/2013; Twitter API 4/14/2013. Sysomos Domestic mentions 4/14 & 15/2013) FULL POST

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