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 shows 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. Some fans have noticed that Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was scheduled to come off Netflix US on June 16. As of today, weve extended our agreement that will keep Parts Unknown on the service for months to come. 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.
The late chef's series was due to leave the service on June 16th. Netflix's deal to carry Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown in the US was due to expire on June 16th, and that was understandably distressing if you wanted to pay tribute to the late chef by streaming his last series. You won't have to rush through them after today, however. The service has extended its arrangement to keep Bourdain's food and travel show available in the US "for months to come." The firm hasn't named a new expiry date, but you now have the freedom to watch at a more relaxed pace. The company has a strong financial incentive to do this, of course. Why pull a show whose viewership is surging? At the same time, it's hard to imagine Netflix simply letting the Parts Unknown deal lapse in light of Bourdain's death. If it didn't land a new agreement, it risked outrage from viewers wanting to reminisce about the cultural icon. Some fans have noticed that Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was scheduled to come off Netflix US on June 16. As of today, we've extended our agreement that will keep Parts Unknown on the service for months to come.