CNN Original Series, CNN Films Earn Nine Primetime Emmy® Nominations
July 14th, 2016
03:15 PM ET

CNN Original Series, CNN Films Earn Nine Primetime Emmy® Nominations

CNN was honored with nine Primetime Emmy® Award nominations, it was announced today by the Television Academy.  The nominations this year tie the network’s nominations by the Television Academy in previous years, and include the fourth consecutive nomination in the Outstanding Informational Series or Special category for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and the network’s first-ever nomination in the “Exceptional Merit” category for Documentary Filmmaking for The Hunting Ground.  This is also the first nomination for United Shades of America (Objective Media Group America) with W. Kamau Bell, which is in its first season, and the third consecutive nomination for the production team that created The Seventies (Playtone / Herzog & Company).

CNN’s diverse nominations include:

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Outstanding Cinematography For A Nonfiction Program (“Cuba”) – Directors of Photography: Todd Liebler & Zach Zamboni

Outstanding Informational Series Or Special

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Nonfiction Program (Single Or Multi-Camera) – Brian Bracken, Sound Editor, Nick Bridgden, Co-Sound Designer

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera) – Benny Mouthon, Re-Recording Mixer

Outstanding Writing For A Nonfiction Program (“Borneo”) – Written by Anthony Bourdain FULL POST

Update! Season Four Premiere of CNN Original Series Morgan Spurlock Inside Man Launches Friday, June 3, 10pm, ET/PT
June 1st, 2016
12:03 PM ET

Update! Season Four Premiere of CNN Original Series Morgan Spurlock Inside Man Launches Friday, June 3, 10pm, ET/PT

New Season Includes Spurlocks Inside Look at Space, Gambling, Toxins, Disruptors, CSI and Gamers

Popular CNN Original Series Morgan Spurlock Inside Man, hosted and produced by the Oscar®-nominated documentary filmmaker, launches its fourth season on Friday, June 3 at 10pm ET/PT with an inside look at professional gambling.

In his inimitable, inquisitive style, and with a sense of humor intact, Spurlock tells compelling stories from an insider’s perspective. In the new season Morgan tackles toxins, gambling, the space industry, disruptors, gaming, and crime scene investigations.

The multiple award-winning program averaged 546,000 total viewers and 244,000 Adults 25-54 for premiere episodes in season three (1/22-3/19/15) and posted its highest season performance ever among both Adults 25-54 and total viewers. It surpassed its season two average (airing on Sundays at 10pm) by 7% in Adults 25-54 (228,000) and 27% in total viewers (429,000).*

For embeddable clips from the new season, please click on the following link:  http://www.cnn.com/shows/inside-man

Below are descriptions of Morgan Spurlock Inside Man season four episodes (airdates subject to change):

DOUBLE OR NOTHING (airdate June 3 2016)
Spurlock enters the seductive world of professional gambling by spending a week in Las Vegas determined to beat the house. His exploration of this pastime, which often leads to serious addiction, takes him to casinos, bookies, the racetrack, Off Track Betting and just about any place that allows him to gamble.

ONE GIANT STEP FOR MORGAN (airdate June 10, 2016)
Spurlock “virtually” experiences life as an astronaut and investigates the future of the space industry. The host’s journey takes him to government and private facilities including NASA’s Johnson Space Center (Houston), the X-Prize Foundation (Culver City, CA.) and Virgin Galactic  (Mojave Air & Space Port, CA.) to see how the rules of the game are changing and what it means for the human race.

THE TRUTH ABOUT TOXINS  (airdate June 17, 2016)
In a quest to rid his life of contaminants – which are prominent in food, cleaning products and even furniture, Spurlock gets professional help to “de-tox.” The host puts his body to the test, dabbling in chelation therapy, infrared saunas, electromagnetic-free sleep chambers, and various cleanses, to see if poisons can truly be flushed out of our bodies and surroundings in the modern world.

CSI: SPURLOCK (airdate June 24, 2016)
Separating fact from TV dramatizations, Spurlock embeds in a forensic science unit to understand first-hand how crime scene investigations are actually conducted.  From the first responders, to the collection of evidence (at CSI Academy in Alachua, FL and ATF training facility in Huntsville, AL) and its analysis in the lab, he gets a crash course in Crime 101 from beginning to end.

GAME CHANGERS (airdate July 1, 2016)
Screaming fans, sold-out arenas, and teenage superstars, Spurlock joins the ranks of professional video gamers in one of the fastest-growing sectors of the “sports” world. Committed to understanding this shockingly intense industry, he joins reigning League of Legends North American Champions, from Counter Logic Gaming, as they train to compete for a big cash prize at the World Championship in Paris.

SEEK AND DISRUPT! (airdate July 8, 2016)
Inspired by companies like Google, AirBnB, and Spotify, Spurlock attempts to fill a void in the marketplace and re-write the rules by becoming the next disruptor. An eye-opening trip to Silicon Valley provides industry advice from tech giants, and examines why companies like Uber often leave a trail of enemies in their wake and questions whether this golden era of tech will solve age-old problems.

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CNN Debuts New Original Series, "Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies" and Season Three Premiere of "The Hunt with John Walsh" on Sunday, June 19
May 23rd, 2016
12:23 PM ET

CNN Debuts New Original Series, "Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies" and Season Three Premiere of "The Hunt with John Walsh" on Sunday, June 19

Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies Trailer: 

The Hunt with John Walsh S3 Trailer: 

Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies, a new eight-part CNN Original Series, debuts on Sunday, June 19, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.  Hosted by former U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers, also the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, each episode features a newly declassified mission told first-hand by the agents who lived it, providing viewers with unprecedented access to the riveting and secret world of espionage.

Declassified covers missions set in fascinating locations and time periods from Cold War era Moscow to modern day Iran, from the streets of 1980s Cuba to today’s bustling Beijing.  All 16 intelligence agencies from the CIA to the FBI are represented, revealing the unbelievable true stories of America’s covert operations in the United States and around the world.  The hour-long series is produced by All3Media America with Gregory J Lipstone, Domini Hofmann, Aaron Saidman, Stephen Lambert and Mike Rogers serving as executive producers.

The season three premiere of The Hunt with John Walsh will precede Declassified at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  Host Walsh, a passionate victims’ rights activist and spokesperson for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, continues to expose the criminal investigation stories of fugitives at large.  Through interviews with victims, loved ones and law enforcement, the hour-long series provides the public with salient information to facilitate the capture of the profiled criminals.

After two seasons, 10 cases have been resolved following the show’s exposure. The Hunt with John Walsh is produced by the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Zero Point Zero Production, Inc. (Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown).

About CNN Original Series

The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions and in-house production. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide.  Lizzie Fox, vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series.

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Press Contact – Heather Brown; 212-275-8428; Heather.Brown@turner.com

 

Dining together in Hanoi tonight: President Obama and Anthony Bourdain, host of ZPZ Production's 'Parts Unknown'
May 23rd, 2016
09:06 AM ET

Dining together in Hanoi tonight: President Obama and Anthony Bourdain, host of ZPZ Production's 'Parts Unknown'

CNN’s Anthony Bourdain will have dinner  with President Obama this evening while in Hanoi, Vietnam. Their conversation will be featured in an upcoming episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, returning for its eighth season in September. Bourdain will explore the purpose of the President's trip and his interest in the people, food and culture of Vietnam.


Topics: CNN • CNN Originals Series • Parts Unknown
CNN Greenlights Three New Original Series For The 2017 Programming Slate
May 18th, 2016
10:02 AM ET

CNN Greenlights Three New Original Series For The 2017 Programming Slate

Net also Picks Up New Seasons of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, This is Life with Lisa Ling, The Hunt with John Walsh, Finding Jesus, Death Row Stories, and The Wonder List with Bill Weir

 

CNN, a division of Turner, announced today three new Original Series launching in 2017, adding to its successful portfolio of high-quality, non-scripted programming.  Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History, The History of Comedy and The Nineties will join the previously announced new spiritual adventure series Believer with Reza Aslan, also launching next year.

Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History is an eight-part series executive-produced by Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, and Brian Gewirtz (Seven Bucks Productions) with Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre (Show of Force) that will explore the music tied to iconic moments in history.  Every episode will cover a tragedy, triumph, or the start of a movement – and the music that came to define it.  From the March on Washington to the riots at Stonewall, the moon landing to Hurricane Katrina – music has played an integral part in celebrating, criticizing, and amplifying these seismic events in our collective history.  Soundtracks is produced by Show of Force and Seven Bucks Productions.

The History of Comedy is an eight-part series executive produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner (Hazy Mills) and Emmy Award winners Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen (Herzog & Company).  Episodes will explore what makes people laugh – from the Ancient Greeks, to Shakespeare, Vaudeville, to the biggest contemporary comedians, movies and TV shows.  The series will dig deep into topics like political humor and slapstick, featuring the voices that have made us laugh over the generations.  Using archival footage, original comedic material, interviews with comedy legends and luminaries, the series will showcase how the art form has evolved over the years.

The Nineties follows in the footsteps of previous CNN decade series The SixtiesThe Seventies, and The Eighties.  Executive produced by Emmy Award-winning producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman in association with HBO and Emmy Award-winning producer Mark Herzog, the eight-part series will highlight cultural and political milestones from the birth of the Internet to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment that defined the decade.

The 2017 slate will also feature new seasons of returning CNN Original Series: Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (S9 and S10), This is Life With Lisa Ling (S4), The Hunt with John Walsh (S4), Death Row Stories (S3), The Wonder List with Bill Weir (S3), and Finding Jesus (S2).  The current CNN Original Series lineup also includes United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, Morgan Spurlock Inside Man, The Eighties and  Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies.

In four years, CNN has acquired or produced more than 300 hours of Original Series programming.  The content has attracted new and younger audiences, received multiple awards including the Emmy and Peabody, and garnered massive critical acclaim.

About CNN Original Series

The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions and in-house production. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide.  Lizzie Fox, vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series.

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Press Contact:  Heather Brown; 212-275-8428; Heather.Brown@turner.com

CNN Press Room: http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com

CNN’S ANTHONY BOURDAIN: PARTS UNKNOWN SEASON PREMIERE AND UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA SERIES DEBUT  RANK #1 IN CABLE NEWS LAST NIGHT
April 25th, 2016
02:26 PM ET

CNN’S ANTHONY BOURDAIN: PARTS UNKNOWN SEASON PREMIERE AND UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA SERIES DEBUT RANK #1 IN CABLE NEWS LAST NIGHT

Last night’s premiere of CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (9-10pm), and the newest series United Shades of America (10-11pm), ranked #1 among adults 25-54 and 18-34 according to Nielsen Fast National data.

The season seven premiere episode of Bourdain’s Manila: The Philippines, attracted 265k, 22% more than Fox News’ 218k and a 253% advantage over MSNBC’s 75k among adults 25-54.  In 18-34, CNN had 66k to Fox News’ 51k to MSNBC’s 29k.  Among total viewers, Parts Unknown topped MSNBC (673k vs. 360k); Fox News had 1.235 million.  In the 8pm hour, an original episode of Prime Cuts (review of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown season six) also placed No. 1 in the demo with 217k.  Fox News followed with 191k and MSNBC lagged with 97k.

United Shades of America, a new eight-part series that follows W. Kamau Bell as he explores communities across the country and uses comedy to start conversations about race and how our differences unite and divide us, got off to a strong start.  In the provocative premiere episode, Bell meets the ‘new’ Ku Klux Klan, ranking #1 last night with 361k, +93% more than Fox News’ 187k and a whopping +668% advantage over MSNBC’s 47k.  In 18-34, United Shades had 119k to Fox News’ 50k to MSNBC’s 22k.  In total viewers, CNN had 855k, Fox News averaged 888k and MSNBC trailed with 292k.  Among all CNN Original Series season premieres, last night’s debut of United Shades ranks 5th among adults 25-54.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown is produced by Zero Point Zero Production with executive producers Chris Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Sandra Zweig and Anthony Bourdain.  Next Sunday (May 1, 9pm/ET), Bourdain goes to the Windy City, Chicago.

United Shades of America is produced by Objective Media Group America/All3Media America.  Bell, Jimmy Fox, Star Price and Layla Smith serve as executive producers.  In the next episode, Bell goes inside the notorious San Quentin prison to hear the stories of inmates serving life sentences.  It airs on Sunday, May 1 at 10pm, ET.

The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions and in-house production. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide.  Lizzie Kerner, vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Nationals time-period based data for Sunday 4/24/16.  Program-based historical data.  All data based on Live+SD.

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April 6th, 2016
11:19 AM ET

SEASON SEVEN OF “ANTHONY BOURDAIN PARTS UNKNOWN” – THE PEABODY, EMMY-AWARD-WINNING CNN ORIGINAL SERIES – PREMIERES SUNDAY, APRIL 24 WITH A TRIP TO MANILA

New Edition of “Prime Cuts” Features Season Six Highlights and a Taste of Season Seven

Bourdain in Crow Agency, Montana for season seven of "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown" (photo by David Scott Holloway)

(April 6, 2016) Season seven of the top-rated Emmy and Peabody award-winning CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown begins on Sunday, April 24 at 9pm ET/PT with the host’s tour of the Manila, The Philippines.

The eight-episode season also features trips to the Greek Islands, Chicago, Montana, Georgia, Cologne, Buenos Aires and Senegal.

Airing just prior to the season premiere will be the latest edition of “Prime Cuts” at 8pm ET/PT that reviews such season six delights as, Borneo’s noodle breakfast and an enlightening meal with a journalist in Cuba, plus a taste of things to come in the next eight episodes.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown follows the world-renowned chef and best-selling author as he travels the globe to uncover the little-known, off-the-road, and sometimes seemingly-familiar areas of the world in a celebration of their diverse foods and culture.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown is produced by Zero Point Zero Production with executive producers Chris Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Sandra Zweig, and Anthony Bourdain.

Please click on the following link for the season seven Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown promo:  http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2016/04/04/cnn-parts-unknown-new-season-trailer.cnn-creative-marketing

Following are the locations and episode descriptions for season seven of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown:

Manila, Philippines (airdate: April 24) In the season seven premiere, Bourdain explores the Philippines during Christmas season and travels through the festive streets of Manila to taste the fast food wonder Jollibee, try the sweet, milky drink, Halo-Halo, and indulge in the classic dish, Sizzling Pork Sisig. The trip continues with the host accompanied by cover band “Keystone,” as they dine on Adobo, a simmered pork-chicken dish. The tour concludes with a family meal of Kare-Kare and the opening of the Balikbayan box.

Chicago (airdate: May 1) Chicago’s iconic Old Town Ale House and its colorful patrons are the gateway to Bourdain’s tour of the “City by the Lake,” which includes the host dining on breaded steak sandwiches at Ricobene’s with music producer Steve Albini, sampling Mapo Doufu at Chinatown’s Sze Chuan with Chef Stephanie Izard, and a home cooked meal with Chicago-raised rapper Lupe Fiasco and his mom, plus a tour of comedy mecca Second City with mainstage performer Paul Jurewicz.

The Greek Islands (airdate: May 8) Life on the Greek islands, home to a fiercely independent and proud population, is relatively secluded, steeped in tradition, and revolves around local food, wine, close friends and family. On the island of Naxos, Bourdain heads offshore to dive to a sunken ship wreck, drink raki with the local residents, and sample cuisine fresh from the fishing boat, including octopus salad, salatouri (skate), and rofos (grouper) with olive oil and lemon. While exploring the island, he meets with politically outspoken musical group, The Stray Bitches, and travels to the mountainous village of Apeiranthos where he attends a traditional celebration in the town square.

Montana  (airdate: May 15) Bourdain traverses big sky country and embraces Montana’s distinctive history and culture with a visit to Crow reservation to watch horse relay racing and feast on buffalo steak, pheasant hunting with podcast host Joe Rogan, dinner at Butte institution Lydia’s supper club (est 1946), and by going underground in the Orphan Boy Mine with state senator Jim Keane. A conversation with his friend, famed writer Jim Harrison, who passed away in March 2016, encapsulates the Montana experience.

Tblisi, Georgia (airdate: May 22) Sidekick Zamir Gotta temporarily upstages Bourdain in this tour of the mountainous Eurasian country Georgia, featuring the cities Tbilisi, Batumi, and Khurvaleti, with traditional dishes that include spicy chashashuli stew, chkmeruli at Café Gabriadze and an epic meal at the Black Lion. On the political front, acclaimed journalist Tamara Chergoleishvili (Tabula magazine editor-in-chief) offers Bourdain an insider’s POV of her country’s changing views.

Senegal (airdate: May 29) Bourdain explores the distinct culture of the West African nation Senegal, which despite its deep-rooted religious beliefs, is known for its nightlife, global musical influence, vibrant fashion scene, rich food culture and history of tolerance. Featured guides on this journey include Chef Pierre Thiam, NPR Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist Arcton, and famed musician Youssou N’Dour, for conversation and a taste of maffe, a much loved rich beef stew, popular throughout West Africa.

Cologne, Germany  (airdate: June 5) The 40-day Cologne Carnival celebration sets the tone for Bourdain’s visit to this city that boasts many delicacies (kolsch, mett, blood sausage with himmel und erde, schnitzel), and maintains a peaceful atmosphere and sense of tolerance, despite the recent New Year’s Eve assaults linked to incoming refugees, which the host discusses with the locals.

Buenos Aires (airdate: June 12) For the season finale, Bourdain’s trip to meat-centric Buenos Aires during the hot summer month of February, features a meal with chef Francis Mallmann at one of his favorite local spots, Don Carlito's, and an after-hours soccer match accompanied by Soledad Nardelli and the kitchen staff of Chila.

Viewers can find show clips, original videos, travel essays by Bourdain, photos, and other exclusive content on http://www.cnn.com/shows/anthony-bourdain-parts-unknown by following the show’s Twitter account @partsunknownCNN, and accessing the CNN Parts Unknown Facebook page.

Each episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown will be available On Demand the day after the linear premiere on cable VOD and on CNNgo via iPad, Roku, AppleTV and desktop at www.cnn.com/go.

About CNN Original Series
The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions and in-house production. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide.  Lizzie Kerner, vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series.

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CNNVR TIME TRAVELS TO THE EIGHTIES
March 31st, 2016
04:50 PM ET

CNNVR TIME TRAVELS TO THE EIGHTIES

On January 28, 1986 CNN was the only national broadcast network to carry the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger on live TV. Today, CNNVR has brought that viewing experience back through virtual reality.

In partnership with TimeLooper, a location-based time travel app known for its ability to take users back to a specific point in time through virtual reality, CNN embarked on an incredibly ambitious VR reenactment shoot: rebuilding a version of the CNN studios circa 1986 to bring users back to the moment of the Challenger explosion.

Archival footage from inside the CNN studio that day and consultation with current CNN staffers who witnessed the moment as it unfolded helped reconstruct the scene. 

The CNNVR team rented vintage cameras, built a set with 20 pieces, hired 40 actors, hair & makeup, wardrobe and used CGI effects to recreate the moment. 

With an introduction from Anderson Cooper, the project takes you right back to 1986 and that tragic day in history.

The experience can be viewed on CNN’s Facebook page, CNN’s Android App and on the TimeLooper App. 

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About CNNVR

CNNVR is the network's virtual reality newsgathering and storytelling operation. CNN was the first media outlet to live stream a major news event in virtual reality with the trailblazing project of capturing and streaming CNN's Republican and Democratic Debates in the fall of 2015. Praised by critics for "flipping conventional wisdom on its head," CNNVR has produced both domestic and international stories through the technology, including a front row seat to a political rally and memorials in the cities of Brussels and Paris.

September 12th, 2015
11:04 PM ET

CNN Original Series’ Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Wins Third Consecutive Emmy Award For Outstanding Informational Series

unnamedCNN Original Series’ Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, won its third consecutive Emmy award in the Outstanding Informational Series or Special category in the 67th Primetime Emmy Award competition. The Primetime Creative Arts Awards ceremony took place on Saturday, September 12 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. 

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown follows the world-renowned chef and bestselling author as he travels the globe to uncover the little-known, off-the-road, and seemingly-familiar areas of the world in a celebration of their diverse foods and culture.

Season six of the top-rated CNN Original Series launches Sunday, September 27 at 9pm ET/PT with a tour of Cuba. 

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About CNN Original Series

The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions and in-house production. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide. Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions, works directly with filmmakers and producers to develop original projects for CNN Original Series and CNN Films.


Topics: Anthony Bourdain • Awards • CNN • Parts Unknown
Season Six of CNN Original Series “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” Premieres Sunday, Sept. 27, With a Trip to Cuba
Season six of CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown begins on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 9pm ET.
September 9th, 2015
11:37 AM ET

Season Six of CNN Original Series “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” Premieres Sunday, Sept. 27, With a Trip to Cuba

New Edition of “Prime Cuts” Features Season Five Highlights and a Taste of Season Six

Season six of the top-rated Emmy and Peabody award-winning CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown begins on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 9pm ET/PT with the host’s tour of Cuba.

 The eight-episode season also features trips to Marseille, Okinawa, Ethiopia, California’s Bay Area, Borneo, Istanbul and Charleston, S.C.

Airing just prior to the season premiere will be the latest edition of “Prime Cuts” at 8pm ET/PT that offers a look back at season five and a taste of things to come in the next eight episodes. FULL POST

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