CNN greenlights second season of 'Parts Unknown'

BourdainTimes are tough at CNN. At one time the cable leader in news, the network has slid backwards into a very distant second place to Fox News in terms of viewers. Now CNN tries to climb out of that hole and regain importance in the public eye, but ends up making errors such as those that occurred during the Boston Marathon bombing investigations that set the network back that much further.

But you have to give them credit - they are not going down without a fight.

The network has announced that it will continue its relationship with Anthony Bourdain, as it has approved a second season of Parks Unknown. The program, which airs on Sunday nights, has been drawing around 872,000 viewers an episode, which doubles what the network did in the same time slot last year.

“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 CNN Worldwide president Jeff 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.”

The second season of the show is scheduled to premiere on September 15 of this year.

Have you seen the show? What do you think?


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Written by: Hamatosan
May 1st, 2013, 8:03 pm

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Message Posted On May 1st, 2013, 10:05 pm
It's quite a good show actually, but doesn't scream CNN to me. It's very similar to Bourdain's previous programs such as No Reservations and The Layover on Travel. I enjoy it (as I have enjoyed the other shows on Travel) and hope they don't cancel it, but to me it doesn't seem like a show fit perfectly for the Cable News Network. That said the network matters a lot less in today's PVR world of set-and-forget recording. The Los Angeles episode struck me as a little strange. It was titled Los Angeles but focused entirely on the Korean immigrants to the city, Koreatown, and talked about the effect of the LA Riots on Korean shop owners. Not bad by any means, but not exactly what I expected going in to watch an episode about LA. Maybe Bourdain has already recorded too many episodes going about 'normal' LA.
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