February 12th, 2015

Two New CNN Original Series Debut, Sunday, March 1st

Two new CNN Original Series will premiere Sunday, March 1st with Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery (produced by Nutopia) airing at 9pm ET/PT, followed by the The Wonder List with Bill Weir at 10 pm ET/PT (produced by CNN).

Loved and worshipped by billions, Jesus of Nazareth is, unquestionably, the most famous person of the last 2,000 years.  His influence on culture, politics, education and literature continues to this day.  But he left no physical trace.  Or did he?  That’s the question at the forefront of Finding Jesus:  Faith, Fact, Forgery. The series features the latest scientific and archaeological research along with a first-class panel of contributors who will provide expert commentary and investigate the authenticity of six objects which could shed new light on Jesus.

The series will air across six, one hour episodes, culminating on Easter Sunday.

PREVIEW: Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery

In The Wonder List with Bill Weir, storyteller Bill Weir and renowned filmmaker Philip Bloom go on a quest to tell the untold stories of extraordinary people, places, cultures and creatures that are at a crossroads.

Across eight, one hour episodes, Weir and Bloom will take viewers to Vanuatu; the Galapagos Islands; Ikaria, Greece; the Taj Mahal in India; the Alps; the Dead Sea; the Everglades and Venice. While in these visually stunning locations, captured by Bloom’s unparalleled cinematography, Weir explores the forces of change that effect so many lives, and discovers what can be done to save them.

PREVIEW: The Wonder List with Bill Weir

Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery and The Wonder List with Bill Weir join CNN’s successful Original Series lineup that includes This is Life with Lisa Ling, Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe, The Hunt with John Walsh, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and Inside Man with Morgan Spurlock among others. 2015 will also see the premiere of the new Original Series High Profits and The Seventies.

These new series will be available in simulcast via CNNgo by logging in with a TV provider username and password on CNN’s iPad app or by visiting 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, senior 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.

About Nutopia Productions: Nutopia is a television company with offices in the UK and US. Founded in 2007, Nutopia is best known as creators of the ‘mega doc’ and produces factual programming for networks including HISTORY, DISCOVERY, CNN, BBC, CNN, ITV, C4 and National Geographic.



Press Contacts:

Barbara Levin, CNN Communications, Barbara.Levin@turner.com

Megan Rivers, CNN Communications, Megan.Rivers@turner.com