Season Two of The Hunt With John Walsh and Death Row Stories Premieres Sunday, July 12 on CNN
July 6th, 2015
06:02 PM ET

Season Two of The Hunt With John Walsh and Death Row Stories Premieres Sunday, July 12 on CNN

The Hunt with John Walsh Trailer:

The popular CNN Original Series The Hunt with John Walsh and Death Row Stories return for second seasons on Sunday, July 12.  The Hunt, an eight-part investigative docuseries, kicks off at 9pm ET/PT, followed by Death Row Stories, a six-part docuseries about the U.S. capital punishment system, at 10pm ET/PT.

In season two of The Hunt, host Walsh, a passionate victims’ rights activist and spokesperson for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, continues to expose stories of criminal investigations of fugitives.  Through interviews with victims, loved ones and law enforcement, coupled with new leads, the hour-long series provides the public with salient information to facilitate the capture of the profiled criminals.  Five of the cases featured in season one are now closed as a result of the show’s exposure.  The Hunt is produced by the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Zero Point Zero (ZPZ) Production, Inc. (Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown).

Death Row Stories Trailer:

Narrated by Susan Sarandon and featuring stories told by the people who have lived on death row, each episode of Death Row Stories seeks to unravel the truth behind a different capital murder case and poses tough questions about the U.S. capital punishment system.  Death Row Stories is executive produced by Academy® Award-winner Alex Gibney (Going Clear) of Jigsaw Productions, together with Academy® Award-winner Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions.  Dave Snyder and Stacey Offman also serve as executive producers. FULL POST

September 5th, 2014
02:12 PM ET

Death Row Stories Minimarathon airs Sunday, Sept. 7

CNN will air a minimarathon of episodes from it's compelling, provocative series, DEATH ROW STORIES, beginning at 9:00pmET on Sunday,  Sept. 7.  Viewers will see three episodes that explore three death penalty cases that highlight challenges with the application of the ultimate criminal penalty.

DEATH ROW STORIES is executive produced by Academy® Award-winner Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions, together with executive producer and Academy® Award-winner, Alex Gibney.  Each episode is narrated by Academy® Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon.

  • 9:00pm and 11:00pm: Double Jeopardy – On Mother’s Day in 1985, Fayetteville, North Carolina, was shocked by the brutal murder of an U.S. Army wife and her two young daughters. One year later, a mountain of circumstantial evidence sent U.S. Army sergeant Timothy Hennis to death row for the crime. Eventually, Hennis was freed when that verdict was overturned, but his case later took a unique turn in legal history: Hennis became the only American to be tried and sentenced to death, re‐tried and acquitted, and then re‐tried by the military and given the death sentence. This episode includes the first ever on‐camera interview with the U.S. Military prosecutors of this case. (TRT 60min)
  • 10:00pm and 12:00am: Eye for an Eye In December 1993, 19‐year old Nathan Dunlap hid in the bathroom at a Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant in Aurora, Colorado, and emerged after closing time to commit the worst mass murder in the state’s history, up to that point. Four employees were shot dead; one was severely wounded. Sentenced to death two years later, Dunlap was remorseless, and many agreed the only fitting punishment for his crimes was death. But after 20 years, a diagnosis of severe bi‐polar disorder, and claims that Dunlap’s trial attorneys had not properly represented him, Dunlap’s fate lay in the hands of Colorado’s Gov. John Hickenlooper, Jr. (D) Along with Hickenlooper, former Gov. Bill Ritter, Jr. (D) and former 2014 gubernatorial candidate and former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R) are interviewed. (TRT 60min)
  • 1:00am: Rough Justice in the Big Easy In December 1984, a prominent young businessman was robbed and killed outside of his New Orleans apartment. A month later, police arrested a small-time drug dealer named John Thompson, who had sold the murder weapon on the black market. Prosecutors for the office of District Attorney Harry Connick Sr., quickly secured a conviction for first-degree murder. An unrelated carjacking charge helped ensure Thompson’s ticket to death row. Thompson was just three weeks away from execution when Elisa Abolafia, a private investigator, discovered evidence that would lead to his freedom. (TRT 60min)

Viewers can connect with the series via Twitter by using #DeathRowStories and following @CNNOrigSeries.

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July 1st, 2014
10:09 AM ET

New Summer Season of ‘DEATH ROW STORIES’ Bows Sunday, July 13

Riveting series about capital murder cases returns Sundays at 10:00pm & 1:00am ET

Executive produced by Academy® Award-winner Alex Gibney of Jigsaw Productions, together with Academy® Award-winner Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions, the thought-provoking CNN Original Series DEATH ROW STORIES examining the justice delivered for those who face the ultimate criminal penalty will return for a summer season on Sunday, July 13 at 10:00pmET and 1:00amET.  The first five episodes of the series successfully debuted in early March; the summer season will offer three new episodes on successive Sundays, to be followed by encores of the five spring season episodes.

Redford and Gibney released the following statement as the summer premiere approached: “We are pleased to return to CNN with original episodes of DEATH ROW STORIES.  Since our original premiere in spring of 2014, the country has been confronted with questions about the true meaning of justice and punishment.  Our hope and expectation is that these episodes, all dealing with cases yet to be resolved, will further the discussion about what is working, and what is not, within our justice system and the death penalty.” FULL POST

April 6th, 2014
09:31 PM ET

#DeathRowStories Spring Season Finale Begins 9:00pmET/6:00pmPT

The spring finale of CNN's DEATH ROW STORIES, "Rough Justice in the Big Easy," debuts Sunday, April 6 at 9:00pmET/6:00pmPT.  A prominent New Orleans businessman was killed outside of his apartment in December 1984.  Police arrested a small-time drug dealer named John Thompson, and the office of District Attorney Harry Connick, Sr., sent Thompson to death row.

A powerful law firm from the Northeast was brought in for Thompson’s appeals, only to discover they are out of their league in The Big Easy. The firm hires Elisa Abolafia, a local private investigator, who knows “where the bodies are buried in this town.” Three weeks before Thompson is to be put to death, Abolafia surreptitiously discovers evidence that was covered up by New Orleans officials to give Thompson a fighting chance, and eventually, his day before the U.S. Supreme Court. “Rough Justice in the Big Easy” is produced and directed by Kenneth Levis.

This episode of DEATH ROW STORIES concludes the spring season of the series.  DEATH ROW STORIES will resume Sundays in summer. Viewers can continue to connect with the series producers and participants between the series via social media by logging on Twitter and using #DeathRowStories and/or by following @CNNOrigSeries.

DEATH ROW STORIES is executive produced by Academy® Award-winner Alex Gibney of Jigsaw Productions, together with Academy® Award-winner Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions; Academy® Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon narrates. Each episode of this 8-part series explores the fallibility in the application of the ultimate criminal penalty: capital punishment.

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March 29th, 2014
09:55 AM ET

Death Row Stories reveals justice denied with life in the balance: Sunday at 9pmET

Although the death penalty is intended to be applied only after exhaustive, rigorous application of the law, it is not infallible, and some people have unjustly paid the ultimate price. The producers of the CNN Original Series DEATH ROW STORIES crisscrossed the country to bring to light eight cases of justice deferred.

In some cases, the accused may have been sentenced to die for crimes they didn’t commit – others may be clever killers, but trial errors, their own capacities, or even corruption limited the fair application of the law. In the next two upcoming episodes, the human lives of the convicted weigh in the balance. Desperate detectives search for clues, angry attorneys fight for justice, and victims’ families yearn for answers.

EPISODE FOUR: “KILLER COP”
Episode four reveals the story of former Mascotte, Florida, police officer James Duckett, who was convicted of the sexual assault and murder of 11-year-old Tessa McAbee. McAbee’s body was found discarded in a central Florida lake. Duckett has always claimed his innocence and spoke for his first television interview after spending more than 25 years on death row, to director and producer, Ivy Meeropol, whose grandparents Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed by the federal government. Also for the first time on television, Duckett’s main accuser, Gwen Gurley, discusses her controversial eyewitness testimony that has proven central to Duckett’s case.

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March 23rd, 2014
06:09 PM ET

Death Row Stories Episode 3: Blood and Water debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET and PT

Death Row Stories tonight features the case of U.S. Army veteran Joseph D'Ambrosio in Cleveland, Ohio.  In the shortest death penalty trial in modern Ohio history, the then 28-year old D'Ambrosio was convicted in 1989 after only three days of proceedings for the murder of 19-year old Tony Klann.  For over a decade, no one listened to Joe’s pleas of innocence until a lawyer-turned-priest, Father Neil Kookoothe, began investigating his case.  Father Neil faced a years-long uphill battle to convince others – including state and federal courts – that there very well might be an innocent man on death row.

DEATH ROW STORIES is executive produced by Academy® Award-winner Alex Gibney, Dave Snyder, Stacey Offman and Brad Hebert of Jigsaw Productions, and Academy® Award-winner Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions.  Each episode in this 8-part series is narrated by Academy® Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon.

DEATH ROW STORIES airs Sundays at 9:00pm and 12:00amET.  Viewers can connect with the series via social media by using #DeathRowStories and by following @CNNOrigSeries.

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March 16th, 2014
06:42 PM ET

Tonight on CNN's Death Row Stories at 9pm and 12am ET

Tonight's DEATH ROW STORIES focuses on a case in Sacramento, CA.  In December 1981, a home invasion turned bloody, leaving an elderly man dead and his wife in critical condition.  Two career criminals were quickly identified.  But the wife of one culprit soon fingered a most unusual mastermind: Gloria Killian, a former law student with no criminal record.  Killian was charged with capital murder, found guilty of murder in the first degree, and sent to prison in 1986.

Killian's case seemed lost doomed until Joyce Ride, the mother of astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, became intrigued by her case and helped bring attention to the irregularities.

DEATH ROW STORIES is executive produced by Academy® Award-winner Alex Gibney, Dave Snyder, Stacey Offman and Brad Hebert of Jigsaw Productions, and Academy® Award-winner Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions.  This 8-part series explores the fallibility in the application of the ultimate criminal penalty: capital punishment.  Each episode is narrated by Academy® Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon.

DEATH ROW STORIES airs Sundays, beginning March 9 at 9:00pm and 12:00amET.  Viewers can connect with the series via social media by using #DeathRowStories and by following @CNNOrigSeries.

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March 10th, 2014
05:22 PM ET

CNN Original Series: Death Row Stories #1 in Cable News Last Night at 9pm

According to Nielsen Fast National data, the premiere of CNN Original Series: Death Row Stories  was #1 in cable news last night (9-10:00pm) averaging 255k in the key demo adults 25-54 rating, outperforming the combined delivery of MSNBC (117k) and FOX (103k).  In total viewers, CNN placed second with 719k, a +196% advantage over MSNBC’s 243k.  FOX averaged 990k in total viewers at 9pm.

CNN also showed the most growth at 9pm vs. the prior four Sundays, increasing +99% among adults 25-54 (255k vs. 128k).  MSNBC declined 19% (117k vs. 145k) and FOX was off 9% (103k vs. 113k).

In prime time (8-11:00pm) last night, CNN was also top-rated in the key demo 25-54 with 201k, while MSNBC placed second with 175k and FOX was third with 139k. FULL POST

New Original Series ‘DEATH ROW STORIES’ with Executive Producers Alex Gibney and Robert Redford
January 13th, 2014
01:22 PM ET

New Original Series ‘DEATH ROW STORIES’ with Executive Producers Alex Gibney and Robert Redford

Jigsaw Productions and Sundance Productions collaborate with CNN Originals for series about America’s most compelling capital murder cases – Academy Award®-winning actress Susan Sarandon will narrate

CNN president Jeff Zucker announced that the network will collaborate with Academy Award®-winning directors Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) and Robert Redford (ORDINARY PEOPLE) on an eight-part original series, DEATH ROW STORIES.  Academy Award®-winning actress Susan Sarandon (DEAD MAN WALKING) will narrate.  Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn are executive producers for Sundance Productions and Alex Gibney, Dave Snyder, Stacey Offman, and Brad Hebert are executive producers for Jigsaw Productions.

In making the announcement at the 2014 Winter Television Critics’ Association tour in Pasadena, Calif., Zucker added, “We are thrilled to collaborate with this award-winning team of filmmakers on such a powerful and thought-provoking series – and to bring a second extraordinary series from the Sundance Productions team to CNN.” FULL POST

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