Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown" to Kick Off New TV Season Sunday in West Virginia

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | April 27, 2018

CNN’s hit show “Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain” will debut its new season Sunday with a special episode in West Virginia.

Speaking ahead of the episode on Thursday’s MetroNews “Talkline,” Bourdain admitted he came into the show with plenty of preconceived notions and stereotypes . He also admitted he quickly realized those needed to be reevaluated.

“We did deliberately seek out one of the poorer counties in the state. We went to coal country and an area that did tend to vote solidly Republican, at least in recent years,” Bourdain said. “I really wanted to go straight at it. I’m well aware the state of West Virginia is totally diverse.”

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A shift underground at a McDowell County coal mine will be part of Parts Unknown Sunday on CNN

A native of New York City, Bourdain freely admitted he has very little in common with the folks in southern West Virginia. His beliefs, values, and political leanings are 180 degrees out of step with those people he sought to meet. Turned out, none of that mattered.

“I met people who were kind, who were generous, who looked after each other,” he said. “A lot of people are facing tremendous challenges, but are meeting those challenges with real determination and pride. I keep using the word ‘enchanted’. I was enchanted.”

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