LAST NIGHT’S CNN ORIGINAL SERIES SEASON PREMIERES RANK #1 IN CABLE NEWS
May 1st, 2017
02:29 PM ET

LAST NIGHT’S CNN ORIGINAL SERIES SEASON PREMIERES RANK #1 IN CABLE NEWS

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell  Debut as #1 Among 25-54

CNN #1 in Prime Time

Last night’s season premieres of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown (season nine, 9pm) and United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell (season two, 10pm) both ranked #1 among adults 25-54 according to Nielsen Fast National data.

In Parts Unknown, Bourdain took viewers on an alternative tour of Los Angeles, focusing on the impact and contributions of its less photographed and often overlooked Latino communities.  The episode attracted 368k in the key demo 25-54, +22% more than Fox News’ 301k and a whopping +244% advantage over MSNBC’s  107k.  In total viewers, CNN easily topped MSNBC (863k vs. 287k); Fox News averaged 1.680 million.  Last night was Parts Unknown’s second best ever season premiere episode among both 25-54 and total viewers.

In United Shades, Kamau visited Washington, D.C. and its multicultural suburbs to hear the stories of immigrants and refugees and sat down with Richard Spencer, the leader of the white supremacist think tank the National Policy Institute.  The episode averaged 345k among 25-54, +46% more than Fox News’ 236k and +197% above MSNBC’s 116k.  In total viewers, CNN also easily beat MSNBC at 10pm (820k vs. 290k); Fox News averaged 1.236 million. FULL POST

Season Two of the Emmy-Nominated CNN Original Series "United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell" Premieres Sunday, April 30, at 10PM ET/PT
April 3rd, 2017
05:28 PM ET

Season Two of the Emmy-Nominated CNN Original Series "United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell" Premieres Sunday, April 30, at 10PM ET/PT

NEW YORK April 3, 2017 – The critically-acclaimed, Emmy-nominated CNN Original Series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell returns for its second season on Sunday, April 30, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The eight-episode docuseries follows sociopolitical comedian W. Kamau Bell as he explores subcultures across the country, using comedy to start a conversation about race and how our differences unite and divide us. Each hour-long episode strives to show the country is not built upon just one, but many diverse and colorful definitions of America.

The second season will cover topical issues including immigration, gun control and violence in Chicago, as well as explore the experiences of Muslims, Puerto Ricans, Chinese Americans and Native Americans in this country. In the season two premiere, Kamau heads to D.C. and its multicultural suburbs to hear the stories of immigrants and refugees, and sits down with Richard Spencer, leader of the white supremacist think tank the National Policy Institute. FULL POST

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CNN GREENLIGHTS SECOND SEASON OF EMMY-NOMINATED SERIES UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA WITH W. KAMAU BELL
September 28th, 2016
10:52 AM ET

CNN GREENLIGHTS SECOND SEASON OF EMMY-NOMINATED SERIES UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA WITH W. KAMAU BELL

NEW YORK – Sept. 28, 2016 – CNN has picked up a second season (eight episodes) of the critically-acclaimed docuseries, United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell.  The top-rated CNN Original Series, which was nominated for an Emmy® and TCA Award in its first season, will return to the network this spring.

“We are beyond thrilled with the positive response United Shades of America received in its freshman season,” said Amy Entelis, EVP of Talent and Content Development, CNN Worldwide. “Kamau has an unparalleled ability to use his natural curiosity and sense of humor to ignite necessary and sometimes tough conversations around race and society in this country.”

United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell follows the comedian as he explores communities across the country, using comedy to start a conversation about race and how our differences unite and divide us. Each hour-long episode strives to show the country is not built upon just one, but many diverse and colorful definitions of America.

United Shades of America ranked #1 among adults 25-54 across cable news in its time period and attracted the youngest audience. The series is produced by Objective Media Group/All3Media America with Bell, Jimmy Fox, Greg Lipstone and Layla Smith serving as executive producers.

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 Fox, vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series.

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

 

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

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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Two Exciting New Original Series  Come to CNN in 2016
March 10th, 2015
10:57 AM ET

Two Exciting New Original Series Come to CNN in 2016

Reza Aslan Hosts Believer and W. Kamau Bell Brings United Shades of America

2015-2016 Slate includes Kevin Spacey, Bourdain, Spurlock, Ling, Rowe and Walsh

Two more exciting, new Original Series will come to CNN in 2016 the network announced today, continuing to build on its proven and successful strategy of offering high-quality original content in addition to live, breaking news. New York Times Best Selling author Reza Aslan will host a new spiritual adventure series titled Believer and comedian W. Kamau Bell will travel across the country exploring various communities in United Shades of America.

These series will join the previously announced mini docu-series Race for the White House, narrated by Kevin Spacey and executive produced by Spacey and Dana Brunetti, and co-produced by Raw and Trigger Street Productions. FULL POST

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