Mayor Rahm Emanuel, determined to keep Chicago a world-class city, launches a number of risky and ambitious public works projects. Richard M. Daley reflects on his own time as a crime-battling mayor. Community leaders are hard at work to help their neighborhoods. Roseland community activist and former gangbanger Eric Wilkins works to combat violence and inspire change. Principal Liz Dozier fears a brewing gang war outside of Fenger High will threaten the safety of her students. The Cook County Sheriff’s Department’s director of medical operations and trauma surgeon Dr. Andrew Dennis struggles to give one young patient a second chance.
Executive produced by Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions, and Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin of the Peabody Award-winning team that created BRICK CITY, CHICAGOLAND explores where politics and policy meet real people’s lives in the beloved heartland American city of Chicago.
CHICAGOLAND airs Thursdays at 10:00pm ET and PT on CNN/U.S. For more information on the series, please visit www.cnn.com/chicagoland, or connect with the series creators via social media by using #Chicagoland.
Today, CNN Worldwide unveils “CNN. Go There.” – the new brand campaign that signifies a commitment to what CNN can and will be. With an unmatched global footprint, CNN has the capabilities to go where no one else can. Watch our “CNN.Go There” video for more information.
Mike Rowe, Lisa Ling, John Walsh Join Anthony Bourdain, Morgan Spurlock for CNN Original Series
Series and Films to Air at 9 PM, CNN Tonight to Air at 10 PM
CNN today announced a new primetime lineup that continues to build on the network’s strategy of offering both live, breaking news programming as well as quality, original series, CNN Films and in-house documentaries.
As part of the announcement, the network is bringing Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) back to series television, in a new program called Somebody’s Gotta Do It. In addition, proven television personalities John Walsh (America’s Most Wanted) and Lisa Ling (Our America with Lisa Ling) will also join CNN, with their own new, original series. CNN will also premiere The Jesus Code, which will take viewers on a forensic and archaeological journey through the Bible. And CNN announced that the ten-part original series The Sixties, from Playtone and acclaimed producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, will premiere in late May. The network also announced that its Peabody and Emmy-award winning hit Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown has been picked up for an additional four cycles in 2015 and 2016 and its critically acclaimed series Morgan Spurlock Inside Man has been renewed for another cycle in 2015. CNN has also entered into a development deal with the producers of Chicagoland to tell the story of another great American city.
Series To Launch this Fall
For more than a decade, Mike Rowe has been nationally known as the “dirtiest man on TV,” as host and the executive producer of the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs (2005-2012). He traveled to all 50 states and completed 300 different jobs, transforming cable television into a landscape of swamps, sewers, ice roads, coal mines, and oil derricks. He initiated a hands–on way to pay tribute to a nation of unsung heroes, conclusively demonstrating that fun and hard work are two sides of the same coin and confirmed the value of delayed gratification, sacrifice, hard work, good humor and optimism. He is now on a brand new mission and he will bringthat mission to CNN beginning this fall.
CNN chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto sat down with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today in China. Highlights from the interview are below and a full transcript of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS
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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.
Today on CNN’s Reliable Sources hosted by Brian Stelter, former anchor of "The Today Show", and host of "Inside Edition", Deborah Norville, spoke to CNN about ABC's Good Morning America cast member Josh Elliott's decision to join arch rival NBC and the Late Show's David Letterman's retirement.
A transcript and video of the interview are available after the jump.
Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke to CNN in an EXCLUSIVE interview about the Affordable Care Act, midterm politics, and the double standard for women in politics.
During the interview, Pelosi told Crowley, “Vice President Cheney set a tone and attitude for the CIA… I think he’s proud of it.”
For the latest updates and information, check out the following blog post.
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A transcript and video from the interview is available after the jump.