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.
The CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown is a winner in the University of Georgia’s 73rd annual George Foster Peabody Awards competition, which recognizes excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals.
In honoring the series, the judging panel noted, “Whether Bourdain’s tireless search for new taste experiences takes him to Myanmar or Detroit, he never fails to find great stories to go with the food.”
Season Two Premiere Includes Spurlock’s Take on “Futurism,” “Pets in America,” “Income Inequality” and “College Athletes”
Popular CNN Original Series Morgan Spurlock Inside Man, hosted and produced by the Oscar®-nominated documentary filmmaker, launches its second season on CNN with an inside look into the cult of “celebrity” on Sunday, April 13 at 10pm ET, following the season premiere of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown at 9pm, ET.
In his signature storytelling style, which incorporates humor, inquisitiveness, impartiality and investigative acumen, Spurlock tackles a wide range of subjects that are part of the national conversation including, personal privacy, income disparity in the U.S, America’s obsession with pets, and the big business of college athletics. “Celebrity,” the season premiere episode will be live streamed on CNN.com beginning April 13.
The acclaimed program, which was recently honored with an award for “Best Limited Series” by the International Documentary Association, premiered in June, 2013 on CNN, and averaged 434,000 total viewers for premiere episodes in the first season*.
CNN International today announced a new series of 'Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta', the network’s monthly programme which offers viewers a global look at the world of medicine, hosted by CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta. FULL POST
Eight Episode Season Includes Trips to Lyon, France, Mississippi Delta, and Russia; “Prime Cuts” Special Leads into Season Premiere
The Emmy® award-winning CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown returns for its third season of eight new episodes on CNN, Sunday, April 13 at 9pm, ET, beginning with a look at the people, food, culture and history of India’s Punjab region.
Hosted by popular television personality, renowned chef and best-selling author Anthony Bourdain, this season of “Parts Unknown” includes excursions to Las Vegas, Lyon, France, Mexico City, the Mississippi Delta, Russia, Bahia, Brazil, and Thailand. Airing just prior to the start of season three will be an edition of Prime Cuts at 8pm, ET. The one-hour special will offer viewers a preview of the new season.
The hit series, which launched on CNN April 14, 2013, ranks as the network’s top rated regularly scheduled program in the P25-54 demo and averages approximately 818,000 total viewers per premiere episode. * FULL POST
After weeks of threatening to revoke CNN’s press credentials and ability to report from Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro sits down for an in-depth exclusive interview with Christiane Amanpour. The interview will air worldwide across CNN’s networks and platforms, including CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español and CNN.com.
The interview will begin airing on CNN today, Thursday, March 6th. The full interview is scheduled to air on CNN International’s Amanpour, Friday, March 7th at 2 pm (ET) and 5pm (ET).
CNN en Español will broadcast a special on Friday, March 7th at 10:30 p.m. (ET), Saturday March, 8th at 7 pm (ET), and Sunday, March 9 at 8:30 a.m. (ET), 11:30 am (ET), and 8:30 p.m. (ET). CNN en Español continues to be a source of information for Venezuelans and continues to broadcast in Venezuela. FULL POST
Viewers will witness the riveting real-life drama of the non-fiction ensemble series CHICAGOLAND beginning March 6 on CNN/U.S. Executive produced by the Peabody Award-winning team that produced BRICK CITY, CHICAGOLAND explores the challenges and triumphs of a beloved heartland American city, where a mayor, community organizers, business leaders, teachers, entertainers, and residents unite to make a difference in the lives of Chicagoans.
Executive produced by Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions, and award-winning filmmakers Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin of BCTV, the series will explore where politics and policy meet real people’s lives – in a city generating change and innovation in social policy, education, and public safety on the local level – to meet national and local challenges.
Each episode in the series will air on eight successive Thursdays, beginning March 6, 2014, at 10:00pm ET and PT. Beginning Saturday, March 8, the prior week’s episode will encore on Saturdays at 8:00pm and 11:00pm ET and on Sundays at 10:00pm and 1:00am ET.
The vibrant, multidimensional character of the city is punctuated by the rich narration of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Mark Konkol. In his 19-year reporting career, Konkol brought his uniquely incisive reportage to covering Chicago’s neighborhoods, City Hall, and the characters that dwell in them for the Chicago Sun-Times and later for DNAInfo.com. He infuses his strong, authentic sensibility to CHICAGOLAND.
This intimate series explores Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s complex negotiations with the Chicago Public Schools, as he embarks on an historic schools consolidation plan in order to invest resources in modernizing the city. Viewers will also meet Fenger High School principal Elizabeth Dozier as she mentors her students and attempts to guide them towards making good life choices. Police superintendent Garry McCarthy works to keep the peace as the school districts are reshaped, and drills his officers in community policing to address a wave of violence that has captivated national headlines and threatens to rob the city of some of its most promising youth.
Among Chicago’s celebrated citizens, the series introduces viewers to up and coming performer Chance the Rapper, entrepreneur Billy Dec, acclaimed chef/restaurateur Grant Achatz, child schools activist Asean Johnson, and Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis. Chicago Symphony Orchestra maestro Riccardo Muti, investment executive Mellody Hobson, the rapper Common, former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, and NBA stars Dwayne Wade and Isaiah Thomas offer their unforgettable perspectives on their beloved Chicago.
In the days leading up to the premiere, CNN will offer excerpts of this exceptional series and articles related to the critical issues central to the series that reflect similar debates across the country at CNN.com. Personal iReport stories submitted to CNN, and curated from Instagram users, tagged with #mychicagoland will explore what this remarkable city has meant to people who love Chicago.
Throughout the series run, users will be able to learn about the production from producers of CHICAGOLAND, interact with the CNN Original Series team, and engage with people featured in the series via social media. Users of Facebook and Twitter can join the real-time conversations on the themes explored each week via CNN’s Facebook page and via Twitter at @CNNOrigSeries by tagging comments and questions with #Chicagoland.
About Sundance Productions
Launched and founded in 2012 by Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn, Sundance Productions develops and produces innovative, compelling television content for linear and digital platforms in the U.S. and around the world. Sundance Productions partners with leading story-tellers, directors, and producers for the production of authentic tentpole series and specials across all platforms.
About Brick City TV
BRICK CITY TV is the production company of multi-award winning filmmakers Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin. It was founded in 2008 to create the Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated series Brick City and continuing with Chicagoland. Drawing from documentary, reality, and news, Brick City TV has established itself as a truly innovative non-fiction storyteller.
About CNN Originals and CNN Worldwide
CNN develops original content through strategic partnerships and commissioned productions for television. Amy Entelis, senior vice president of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, and Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide, oversee the acquisition strategy of documentaries for CNN. Malhotra manages the day-to-day operations and works directly with filmmakers to develop original projects.
CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of two dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Domestically, CNN reaches more individuals on television, the web and mobile devices than any other cable TV news organization in the United States; internationally, CNN is the most widely distributed news channel reaching more than 271 million households abroad; and CNN Digital is a top network for online news, mobile news and social media. Additionally, CNN Newsource is the world’s most extensively utilized news service partnering with hundreds of local and international news organizations around the world. CNN is division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company.