Among Thursdays Emmy nominees came one that will surely hit many TV fans hard: Anthony Bourdain, who posthumously received his last Emmy nominations for Parts Unknown.
Bourdain killed himself last month, spurring mourning across the country among his huge and varied fan base. Throughout his career as a TV travel guide— from A Chefs Tour, to No Reservations, to Parts Unknown—Bourdain taught his viewers to explore the world around them with curiosity and without fear. Parts Unknown received six Emmy nominations this year, among them Outstanding Informational Series or Special—a category Bourdain has already won four times in the past, as recently as 2016. (Bourdain served not only as Parts Unknowns host, but also as an executive producer.)
Before he became a TV personality, Bourdain first rose to stardom through his first book, Kitchen Confidential, published in 2000. A known cinephile, Bourdain allowed movies to inform his creative vision and travel. Outside his professional life, Bourdain was also a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement. His partner, Asia Argento, was also one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of rape.
As the TV Academy celebrates Bourdain and his series with one last round of nominations, its worth taking a moment to recognize what the world has lost: a curious, adventurous soul who used the dinner table as common ground, through which he hoped people from different backgrounds could exchange perspectives and, perhaps, gain understanding. Perhaps now more than ever, thats the approach more series and personalities should work to emulate.
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