Parts Unknown Season 2 premieres Sept 15 with Jerusalem.
Episodes this season:
Below are descriptions of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown season two episodes (airdates, unless indicated, are TBA):
- “Jerusalem”(Sept 15) – In the season premiere of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, the host and crew make their first trip to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. While the political situation is often tense between the people living in these areas, Bourdain concentrates on their rich history, food and culture, and spends time with local chefs, home cooks, writers and amateur foodies.
- “Spain” (Sept. 22) – Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown explores Andalucía during Semana Santa (Holy Week, leading up to Easter), a time filled with great pageantry and excitement. Featured in this episode is Bourdain’s longtime Director of Photography Zach Zamboni, who lives part-time in Granada and shows the host sights off the beaten path.
- “New Mexico” (Sept. 29)- Parts Unknown takes a close look at the mash-up of cultures that comprise this uniquely American state by sampling its food – a combination of Spanish, Mediterranean, Mexican, Pueblo and even chuck-wagon influences. New Mexico is also a land of drugs, guns, monster vehicles, and possibly extraterrestrials. It may also be the perfect place to investigate the underside of the Western cowboy ideal.
- “Copenhagen” Denmark (airdate TBA) - This episode explores the food and natural beauty of Copenhagen, the economic and cultural center of Denmark. Home to famed chef Rene Redzepi and his brainchild Noma – regarded by critics as one of the world’s best restaurants – Parts Unknown delves into the city’s cuisine and the new Nordic creativity that infuses Redzepi’s work at Noma.
- Sicily (airdate TBA) – Parts Unknown explores the Sicilian way of life, which puts a premium on savoring family, life, and food. Bourdain travels in search of those foods as he eats his way around the island. He makes his home base at the Villa Monaci, on the outskirts of Catania with his enthusiastic, fast-talking sidekicks who counter the otherwise relaxed tempo and epic “food porn” of this episode.
- Detroit (airdate TBA) - Few cities have experienced such a dramatic economic rise and fall of Detroit. In this episode of Parts Unknown, Bourdain explores the past, present and future of the Motor City. He steps into the lives of Detroit natives and sees the glory days of the past at the famed Packard Plant, the current state of the city’s urban decay, and the promise of the future in the citizens who are rebuilding their communities.
- Tokyo (airdate TBA) - Japan is a paradox. The low birthrate, the dedication, the conformity, and the life of a salary man are well known. There is also a competitive and rigid culture that gives way to some unique subcultures. Bourdain has traveled to Tokyo countless times, but on this trip he is in search of the city’s dark, extreme, and bizarrely fetishistic underside.
- South Africa (airdate TBA) - Once considered the most dangerous city in the world, Johannesburg now barely makes the top 50. But the end of the apartheid has led to vast changes in the city. In this episode, Bourdain visits the suburb of Hillbrow (which remains a dangerous locale), spends a day in the life of a taxi driver and discovers the culture and food that make up modern day Johannesburg.
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We’re nominated in the categories for:
Outstanding Informational Series or Special
Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming for Libya episode
Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming for Myanmar episode
Outstanding Sound mixing for Nonfiction Programming (String & Can) for Myanmar episode
“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.”
Launch-to-date, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown is delivering 389,000 viewers in the key Adults 25-54 demo, up 440% vs. the same period one year ago (72,000) and has ranked #1 in cable news on Sunday in each of its first three weeks on the air. In total viewers, the series is up 122% (872,000 viewers vs. 392,000 viewers) at 9pm vs. CNN programming one year ago.
-ZPZ / Parts Unknown Producer Tom Vitale on what it’s like following Tony Bourdain to some of the most precarious places around the world.
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As our final episode of NO RESERVATIONS approaches, I’ve been asked to write a top ten list of personal favorites. That’s hard to do. It’s been a mixed bag—and deliberately so. Travel and food shows necessarily tell more or less the same story: somebody goes someplace, eats and drinks a lot of…
Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming - US Desert
Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming- Mozambique
Outstanding Nonfiction Series
Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming - Cuba
No Reservations wins BEST REALITY SERIES at 2012 Critics’ Choice TV Awards!
Congrats to Tony & crew! Also, congrats to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Archer and Breaking Bad on their wins as well! Happy to be in such great company.
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