“The Story of Late Night” and Season Six of the Emmy Award-Winning “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell”





New CNN Original Series “The Story of Late Night” and Season Six of the Emmy Award-Winning “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell” Premiere Sunday, May 2
“The Story of Late Night” is a six-part docuseries, produced by Cream Productions, that will take viewers on a journey through late-night television’s most memorable moments.
[via press release from CNN]
New CNN Original Series “The Story of Late Night” and Season Six of the Emmy Award-Winning “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell” Premiere Sunday, May 2

CNN Audio Debuts New “Behind the Desk: The Story of Late Night” Podcast Thursday, April 22
NEW YORK – APRIL 1, 2021 It’s a big CNN Original Series premiere night on Sunday, May 2 with the launch of the latest CNN Original Series, The Story of Late Night at 9pm ET/PT and the return of the Emmy Award-winning United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell at 10pm ET/PT.

The Story of Late Night is a six-part docuseries, produced by Cream Productions, that will take viewers on a journey through late-night television’s most memorable moments. Spanning a more than 60-year history of engaging with, adapting to and influencing our rapidly changing society, late-night television has grown into a thriving entertainment phenomenon and vitally important cultural institution.

The docuseries features archival footage of late-night legends such as Johnny Carson, Jay Leno and David Letterman, alongside interviews with today’s popular comedic voices including, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Chelsea Handler, Trevor Noah, Conan O’Brien, Seth Meyers, James Corden, Amber Ruffin, Desus & Mero, Whoopi Goldberg, W. Kamau Bell, and many more. Behind-the-scenes decision makers including Lorne Michaels and Jeff Zucker are also featured giving their first-hand accounts of an entertainment medium that changed the face of television forever.

The series will regularly air on Sunday nights at 9pm ET/PT, with an extended series finale examining the present day, diverse generation of hosts reimagining political comedy for the Trump era only to confront the format’s greatest challenge yet: COVID-19.

CNN Audio is also launching a companion podcast for The Story of Late Night, offering listeners an original audio experience that goes even deeper into the world of late-night television with more immersive, audio-first interviews from series guests. Hosted by CNN contributor and former New York Times media reporter Bill Carter, the Behind the Desk: Story of Late Night podcast will explore late-night television from its inception to present day, and look ahead toward the genre’s increasingly digital and more diverse future. The podcast, produced by CNN Audio and Cream Productions, will release its first two episodes on Thursday, April 22 on all podcast platforms, with subsequent episodes released every Thursday.

“I’ve covered late-night TV for a long time, long enough to know it’s filled with fascinating personalities, big moments, big laughs, all kinds of conflicts, characters, craziness and compelling stories,” said Bill Carter, author of New York Times Best Seller ‘The Late Shift’. “In our docuseries and our accompanying podcast, we’re going to take a deep dive into all of that-and have a lot of fun doing it.”

Executive producers for The Story of Late Night are David Brady, Kate Harrison Karman, John Ealer, and Bill Carter for Cream Productions and Amy Entelis and Lizzie Fox for CNN Original Series. The Behind the Desk: Story of Late Night podcast is executive produced by Megan Marcus for CNN Audio, along with Bill Carter, Johnny Kalangis, David Brady and Kate Harrison Karman for Cream Productions.

United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, produced by Zero Point Zero Production, is a seven-part docuseries that follows socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell as he explores communities across the country to understand the issues that impact them. His unique ability to approach each topic with empathy and humor gives voice to those whose perspectives are too often left out of the conversation.

Season 6 of United Shades of America is a season like none before it. As much of the country was shutdown, Bell and his team traveled the nation, masked up and socially distant, to produce and film this season entirely during the Covid-19 pandemic. The risks and challenges for Bell and his team were unprecedented, but Bell and ZPZ stayed committed to this unique opportunity to have meaningful conversations with people across the country about the issues that continue to impact our lives during these previously unimaginable times.

“I don’t know if anyone, who wasn’t there, will ever understand what it was like to be traveling all around The United States, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bell. “It was scary. Way scarier than talking to the KKK. And being out there in America also revealed some of this country’s biggest and longest standing problems. And the fact is that no matter what each episode was about, everything that America went through in the past year made it into the show. From the coronavirus, to #BlackLivesMatter, to the fall of Trump, to the January 6th insurrection, to the very question at the bottom of all this – Is this country even worth fighting for? It’s all in the show.”

“And honestly, most seasons my goal for the show is an Emmy. But this season, my goal was much different: to not get COVID-19. I’m happy to say… Mission accomplished!”

In the extended season six premiere, “Policing the Police” Bell examines the history and current state of policing in America through the eyes of activists, organizers, politicians, victims and police themselves in his hometown of Oakland, California and the Bay Area. In subsequent episodes, he’ll explore protests in Portland; the wealth gap; Afrofuturism; the shifting ethnic makeup of the US; the military in America; and violence against the Transgender community in Texas.

United Shades of America is executive produced by W. Kamau Bell, Lydia Tenaglia, Chris Collins, Sandra Zweig and Morgan Fallon for Zero Point Zero, Jimmy Fox, Layla Smith and Tim Pastore for Main Event Media/All3Media, and Amy Entelis and Lyle Gamm for CNN. The series will regularly air Sunday nights at 10pm ET/PT on CNN.

The first five seasons of United Shades are currently available to watch on HBOMax.

The Story of Late Night and United Shades of America will stream live for subscribers the day of their premieres via CNNgo (at CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android. Ahead of the broadcast premiere, starting on Friday, April 23 the ‘Eyes on the Throne’ episode of The Story of Late Night will be available on demand to subscribers via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps. Episodes of both series will be available the day after their broadcast premiere on demand via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo and CNN mobile apps.

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. Lyle Gamm, senior vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series. Since 2012, the team has produced over 40 CNN Original Series, including the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, Emmy Award-winning United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, and critically-acclaimed series including This is Life with Lisa Ling, First Ladies, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, the “Decades” series, American Dynasties: The Kennedys, The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty, The History of Comedy, Race for the White House, and many others. For more information about CNN Original Series, please follow @CNNOriginals via Twitter, and join Keep Watching, our exclusive, members-only community that enables fans to stay engaged with their favorite CNN Original Series & Films https://cnn.it/3qOXGNz .

About CNN Audio

CNN Audio is the exclusive producer of audio content and podcasts for CNN Worldwide, creating listening experiences that are relevant, informative, and highly engaging for audiences to dig deeper in topical news and original enterprise storytelling. Find all CNN Audio content at www.cnn.com/audio.



New CNN Original Series “The People V. The Klan” From Blumhouse Television





New CNN Original Series “The People V. The Klan” From Blumhouse Television, Premieres Sunday, April 11 at 9pm ET/PT
The four-part docuseries tells the little-known true story of Beulah Mae Donald, a Black mother in Alabama, who took down the Ku Klux Klan after the brutal murder and lynching of her son, Michael Donald.
[via press release from CNN]
New CNN Original Series “The People V. The Klan” From Blumhouse Television, Premieres Sunday, April 11 at 9pm ET/PT

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NEW YORK – March 10, 2021 The new CNN Original Series The People V. The Klan produced by Blumhouse Television will make its debut on Sunday, April 11 with back-to-back episodes at 9 pm and 10pm ET/PT.

The four-part docuseries tells the little-known true story of Beulah Mae Donald, a Black mother in Alabama, who took down the Ku Klux Klan after the brutal murder and lynching of her son, Michael Donald. He was just nineteen years old when he was found dead, hanging from a tree in Mobile, on March 21, 1981. The local Black community immediately suspected it was a Klan lynching, but local law enforcement was slow to acknowledge that the murder was racially motivated. Beulah Mae and local Black leaders refused to back down until Michael’s killers and the hateful organization they belonged to were brought to justice.

The People V. The Klan explores the systems that allowed the Klan to operate unfettered for so long and the activists of the Civil Rights movement who dismantled the Klan’s hold on the nation. Beulah Mae Donald ultimately brought a massive lawsuit against the United Klans of America and successfully brought the hate group to their financial knees. Through interviews with key figures in the Donald story, the Civil Rights movement, and the modern movement for racial justice, the series confronts the past’s inextricable link to the present-day discord in America. The series shines a light on the too-often marginalized agents of change in our society: The Black mothers of the movement, alongside the activists and attorneys who fight for racial equality in America.

“Beulah Mae Donald’s story is one of the most remarkable displays of strength and courage our country has seen in its fight for racial justice,” said Amy Entelis, EVP for Talent & Content Development, CNN Worldwide. “As cases of white nationalism rise in the US, the importance of sharing her legacy has never felt greater.”

“Even after years of my own civil rights advocacy, I was emotionally unprepared for this beautiful, powerful, and inspiring story. From my first conversations with executive producer/director Donnie Eichar, Blumhouse and CNN I knew I wanted to be involved,” said Cornell William Brooks, executive producer of The People V. The Klan. “Forty years after Michael’s death, with authentic voices, the docuseries reveals not ‘both sides’ of a modern lynching but multiple dimensions of racism and resilience, and is a story that speaks life, hope and courage over our country.”

“What happened to Michael Donald in 1981 was truly horrifying, and it’s a tragedy that there continues to be victims of racial hate crimes today. Beulah Mae Donald’s pursuit of justice was not just for her son Michael, but so that other mothers would not endure what she and her family suffered. We hope that by shining a spotlight the series continues to foster an ongoing dialogue so that Mrs. Donald’s cause is not in vain,” said Mary Lisio, EVP Alternative and Non-Scripted Programming Blumhouse Television.

The People V. The Klan will air over two weeks, with back-to-back episodes on Sunday, April 11th and the final two episodes will air on Sunday, April 18th at 9pm and 10pm ET/PT. Executive producers are Cornell William Brooks; Donnie Eichar; Jason Blum, Jeremy Gold, Mary Lisio for Blumhouse Television; and Amy Entelis and Lyle Gamm for CNN Original Series.

The People V. The Klan will also stream live for subscribers via CNNgo (at CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV and Andriod TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android. Episodes of the series will be available the day after each broadcast premiere on demand via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo and CNN mobile apps.

Executive producer Cornell William Brooks is the 18th President and CEO of the NAACP, Professor at Harvard Kennedy School, and Director at the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice at Harvard Kennedy School.

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. Lyle Gamm, senior vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series. Since 2012, the team has produced over 40 CNN Original Series, including the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, Emmy Award-winning United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, and critically-acclaimed series including This is Life with Lisa Ling, First Ladies, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, the “Decades” series, American Dynasties: The Kennedys, The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty, The History of Comedy, Race for the White House, and many others. For more information about CNN Original Series, please follow @CNNOriginals via Twitter, and join Keep Watching, our exclusive, members-only community that enables fans to stay engaged with their favorite CNN Original Series & Films https://cnn.it/3qOXGNz .

About Blumhouse

Blumhouse is known for pioneering a new model of studio filmmaking: producing high-quality micro-budget films and provocative television series. Regarded as the driving force in the horror renaissance, Blumhouse has produced over 150 movies and television series with theatrical grosses amounting to over $4.8 billion. The company has produced iconic, genre, film franchises like Halloween, Paranormal Activity, The Purge, and prolific films like Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man; Glass, The Visit and Split from M. NIght Shyamalan; Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman; Get Out from Jordan Peele; among several others. Blum’s television company operates in horror programming – with streaming anthology series like Welcome to the Blumhouse for Amazon and Into the Dark for Hulu – and has also expanded beyond genre with provocative and acclaimed scripted and unscripted series and documentaries, such as The Good Lord Bird, starring Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke, for Showtime; The Loudest Voice, starring Golden Globe winner Russell Crowe for Showtime; A Wilderness of Error (FX); The Jinx for HBO; A Secret Love, from executive producer Ryan Murphy, for Netflix; and lauded HBO series Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson, among others.



CNN Picks Up “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy” For a Second Season





CNN Picks Up “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy” For a Second Season
Next season, Tucci will explore the culinary delights and cultures of several new regions throughout Italy, one of the world’s most fascinating and beautiful countries.
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CNN Picks Up “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy” For a Second Season

At a time when almost everyone wishes they could travel, CNN’s newest Original Series Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy debuted to widespread critical acclaim earlier this month and has been enthusiastically received by viewers. Today the network announced the series, which chronicles Tucci’s travels across Italy, will be picked up for a second season in 2022. Next season, Tucci will explore the culinary delights and cultures of several new regions throughout Italy, one of the world’s most fascinating and beautiful countries.

Executive producers for Searching for Italy are Adam Hawkins, Eve Kay, and Stanley Tucci for RAW, Amy Entelis and Lyle Gamm for CNN Original Series.



PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS FOR THE “CELEBRATING AMERICA”





PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS FOR THE “CELEBRATING AMERICA” PRIMETIME SPECIAL

Tyler Hubbard, Tim McGraw, and Black Pumas to Perform

Program to Include DJ Cassidy’s Pass The Mic, Featuring Ozuna and Luis Fonsi

Special to Celebrate Americans Who Are Getting Us Through the Pandemic

Today, the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) announced additional participants and American heroes who will be highlighted during CELEBRATING AMERICA, the capstone prime-time program for the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala D. Harris to celebrate the beginning of a new national journey toward an America united.

During the primetime special, country artists Tyler Hubbard and Tim McGraw will sing a duet and the Black Pumas will perform. The program will also include DJ Cassidy’s Pass The Mic, featuring Ozuna and Luis Fonsi.

The artists join Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jon Bon Jovi, Ant Clemons, Foo Fighters, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Bruce Springsteen, and Justin Timberlake in the line-up for the primetime special. Additionally, the special will include appearances from actors Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria, Skyhook Foundation Chairman and the NBA’s all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Founder of World Central Kitchen Chef José Andrés, labor leader Dolores Huerta, and the first woman MLB general manager Kim Ng.

CELEBRATING AMERICA will be hosted by Tom Hanks on January 20 from 8:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT and will showcase the American people’s resilience, heroism, and unified commitment to coming together as a nation to heal and rebuild. The program will feature remarks from President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and include remarks, performances that represent the rich diversity and extensive talent America offers, and the American heroes who are helping their fellow Americans through this crisis.

Additionally, the PIC announced it will celebrate a number of the everyday Americans who have stepped up in their communities during the primetime special, including:

Anthony Gaskin of Virginia is a UPS driver who was celebrated by a neighborhood along his route for his hard work and dedication during the pandemic.

Cavanaugh Bell, 8, of Maryland made care packages for elderly people, started a pantry with food and essential supplies in his community, and delivered a truck full of supplies to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Mackenzie Adams of Washington state is a kindergarten teacher at Glenwood Elementary School who went viral for videos of her energetic remote lessons.

Sarah Fuller of Texas is the first woman to play and score in a Power Five college football team. In addition to playing on the Vanderbilt University football team, Fuller helped lead Vanderbilt’s women’s soccer team to an SEC championship.

Morgan Marsh-McGlone, 8, of Wisconsin started a virtual lemonade stand that has raised over $50,000 to feed food insecure families after learning that some kids who used to get meals in school were going hungry because of COVID-19.

Sandra Lindsay of New York is a director of critical care at Northwell Health in New York and is the first American to receive a COVID-19 vaccine outside of a clinical trial.

The program will be carried live by ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and PBS. It will be streamed live at https://BidenInaugural.org/watch and on PIC social media channels: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch. The PIC’s streaming partners, including Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Bing, NewsNOW from Fox, and AT&T U-verse (Channel 212/1212 in SD/HD) and DIRECTV (Channel 201).

Over the course of five days of programming, “America United” activities will honor our traditions while safely allowing more Americans than ever before to participate from their own homes. These activities include, “United We Serve,” a National Day of Service on January 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day; a nationwide COVID-19 Memorial to Lives Lost on January 19; and the official Inaugural Ceremonies, a wreath laying on Arlington National Cemetery, and a “Parade Across America” on January 20. The events will culminate with the “Celebrating America” program. The PIC will also install an extensive public art display — a “Field of Flags,” which will cover the National Mall up to 13th Street — to represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington, DC.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) 2021 is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization and separate entity from the Biden-Harris Transition charged with planning and executing activities surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.




CNN Films Premieres “Jimmy Carter, Rock & Roll President” on January 3rd





CNN Films Premieres “Jimmy Carter, Rock & Roll President” on January 3rd
Director Mary Wharton’s engaging film explores how President Carter’s deep love of all forms of music has been both a feature and an asset for his storied life and career.
[via press release from CNN]
CNN Films Premieres ‘JIMMY CARTER, ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT’ on January 3rd

The 39th President’s life, illuminated by music in new film by acclaimed director Mary Wharton

CNN will premiere JIMMY CARTER, ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT for television on Sunday, Jan. 3 at 9:00pm Eastern and Pacific. During his political career and following his presidency, the 39th President of the United States formed lifelong bonds with artists Willie Nelson, the Allman Brothers, Rosanne Cash, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Nile Rodgers, and many, many others. Director Mary Wharton’s engaging film explores how President Carter’s deep love of all forms of music has been both a feature and an asset for his storied life and career.

As he ran for president, Carter’s long-standing support from popular music artists dating from before his gubernatorial campaign gave the lesser-known underdog a difference-making boost in the primaries that carried through to his win in November. Once Carter became president, musicians were also frequent guests at the White House, adding fun and, often, a point of connection for political allies, foes, and foreign leaders.

Director Mary Wharton and producer Chris Farrell commented, “We believe CNN viewers will enjoy our film as a nostalgic journey that touches on issues still facing our country today. “Rock & Roll President” is a study in courage and compassion, and we tried to convey President Carter’s innate optimism that we hope will resonate with our fellow Americans as we look ahead toward 2021. We share this film with families that we also hope will find a reason to come together in appreciation for the great American values that President Jimmy Carter embodies: Truth, Justice… . and Rock & Roll.”

A wide-ranging, often poignant interview with the Nobel Prize winner and former president, Jimmy Carter at his home in Plains, Georgia, serves as the spine of the film. Punctuated with archival footage, the film examines Carter’s biography within the context of what at the time seemed to be the dawning of a new age of race and gender relations and human rights.

Carter’s love of music seemed to augment his natural abilities to relate to people of all ages, races, and cultures. Intimate contemporary interviews with Madeleine Albright, Willie Nelson, Chip Carter, Bono, Chuck Leavell, Andrew Young, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, and more, describe their relationships with the former president, his sense of humor, his innate compassion, and his inspiring commitment to service. The film also features footage of era-defining live performances by Jimmy Buffett, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Bob Dylan, and many more.

“Mary beautifully illustrates President Carter’s life through music and rare archival footage. By revealing how Jimmy Carter continues to connect to and inspire people through his love of music, Mary has found a novel way to explore the biography of a well-known president,” said Courtney Sexton, senior vice president for CNN Films. Sexton and Amy Entelis, executive vice president for talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, are both executive producers for the documentary.

JIMMY CARTER, ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT was an official selection of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. President Carter greeted the virtual audience by phone following a special screening of the film he has described as “entertaining” and “emotional” at the 2020 AFI DOCS Film Festival. JIMMY CARTER, ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT is a Not Just Peanuts production, financed by Thunder Moccasin Pictures.

During the Jan. 3 television premiere, JIMMY CARTER, ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT will stream live for subscribers via CNNgo (CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android. The film will be available on demand beginning Monday, Jan. 4, via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms, and CNN mobile apps. The film will encore Saturday, Jan. 9 at 9:00pm Eastern and Pacific.

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About Mary Wharton

Director Mary Wharton won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Music Film for her documentary feature SAM COOKE: LEGEND. Other notable feature film credits include JOAN BAEZ: HOW SWEET THE SOUND, the platinum-selling concert film PHISH: IT, and FARRAH FAWCETT FOREVER.

About CNN Films

CNN Films produces and acquires documentary feature and short films for theatrical and festival exhibition and distribution across CNN’s multiple platforms. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees the strategy for CNN Films; Courtney Sexton, senior vice president for CNN Films, works day-to-day with filmmakers to oversee projects. For more information about CNN Films, please visit www.CNN.com/CNNFilms and follow @CNNFilms via Twitter. Recent acclaimed CNN Films include the Academy Award(R)-nominated and Emmy(R) Award-winning RBG, directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen; Emmy(R) Award-nominated LOVE, GILDA, directed by Lisa D’Apolito; the Emmy(R) Award-nominated Three Identical Strangers, directed by Tim Wardle; LINDA RONSTADT: The Sound of My Voice, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman; HALSTON, directed by Frédéric Tcheng; SCANDALOUS: The Untold Story of The National Enquirer, directed by Mark Landsman; and the Emmy(R) Award-winning APOLLO 11, directed by Todd Douglas Miller.



New Season of the CNN Original Series, “This is Life with Lisa Ling”





New Season of the CNN Original Series, “This is Life with Lisa Ling,” Premieres Sunday, Nov. 29 at 9pm ET/PT
The six-part immersive docuseries follows journalist Lisa Ling as she travels across America exploring communities that are often unknown or misunderstood.
[via press release from CNN]
New Season of the CNN Original Series, “This is Life with Lisa Ling,” Premieres Sunday, Nov. 29 at 9pm ET/PT

NEW YORK – Oct. 27, 2020 – The award-winning CNN Original Series, “This is Life with Lisa Ling,” returns for its seventh season on Sunday, November 29, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The six-part immersive docuseries follows journalist Lisa Ling as she travels across America exploring communities that are often unknown or misunderstood.

In season seven of This is Life, Ling explores the unlikely bond between prisoners and prep school students, how the digital age is affecting boys as they become men, the illicit massage parlor industry, heroin addiction, families affected by gun violence, and the rising popularity of psychedelic healing.

“In these deeply divided and divisive times, never has it been more important to share the stories of the members of our society who are often overlooked and unheard,” said Lisa Ling. “Through shining a light on them, we hope it leads to better understanding and a little more compassion for one another.”

The episode rollout is as follows (all times are ET/PT):

· Sunday, 11/29 – “Prison & Prep School” at 9p; “Lost Boys” at 10p

· Sunday, 12/6 – “When Heroin Hits Home” at 9p; “The Secret World of Massage Parlors” at 10p

· Sunday, 12/13 – “Under the Gun” at 10p

· Sunday, 12/20 – “Psychedelic Healing” at 10p

This is Life with Lisa Ling is produced by Part2 Pictures for CNN Original Series. Executive producers are Ling, Amy Bucher, David Shadrack Smith, Amy Entelis and Lyle Gamm.

This is Life will also stream live for subscribers via CNNgo (at CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android. The episodes will be available on demand the day after their broadcast premiere via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps.

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. Lyle Gamm, senior vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series. Since 2012, the team has produced 40 CNN Original Series, including the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, Emmy Award-winning United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, and critically-acclaimed series including This is Life with Lisa Ling, First Ladies, the “Decades” series, American Dynasties: The Kennedys, The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty, The History of Comedy, Race for the White House, and many others.



New CNN Original Series, “First Ladies”, Premieres Sunday, October 4, at 10pm ET





New CNN Original Series, “First Ladies”, Premieres Sunday, October 4, at 10pm ET
The six-part docuseries narrated by Golden Globe-winning actress Robin Wright, profiles Michelle Obama, Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lady Bird Johnson, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
[via press release from CNN]
New CNN Original Series, “First Ladies”, Premieres Sunday, October 4, at 10pm ET

Golden Globe-Winning Actress Robin Wright Narrates Six-Part Docuseries on America’s Most Iconic First Ladies

NEW YORK – Sept. 9, 2020 – First Ladies, a new CNN Original Series about America’s most iconic first ladies, premieres Sunday, October 4, at 10 p.m. ET. The six-part docuseries narrated by Golden Globe-winning actress Robin Wright, profiles Michelle Obama, Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lady Bird Johnson, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Blending in-depth interviews, rare archival footage and cinematic recreations, First Ladies is a bold revision of each woman’s traditional portrayal, revealing how they were impacted during their time in the White House, and how their achievements fundamentally shaped American and global history. The series premieres with an extended episode on former first lady Michelle Obama.

“First Ladies provides an intimate inside look into the lives and legacies of six remarkable women who transformed the role of first lady,” said Amy Entelis, EVP for Talent & Content Development, CNN Worldwide. “The series highlights how each defied expectation to carve her own trailblazing path, inspire generations and leave an indelible imprint on American culture.”

First Ladies, produced by October Films, will regularly air Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CNN. Executive producers are Liz Bronstein, Chris Muckle, Matt Robins for October Films and Amy Entelis, Lyle Gamm and Lizzie Fox for CNN.

First Ladies will also stream live for subscribers via CNNgo (at CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android. Ahead of the broadcast premiere, starting on Friday Sept. 25, the third episode, ‘Nancy Reagan,’ will be available on demand to subscribers via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps. The rest of the episodes will be available on demand the day after their broadcast premiere via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps.

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. Lyle Gamm, senior vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series. Since 2012, the team has produced 40 CNN Original Series, including the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, Emmy Award-winning United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, and critically-acclaimed series including This is Life with Lisa Ling, the “Decades” series, American Dynasties: The Kennedys, The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty, The History of Comedy, Race for the White House, and many others.



Season Five of Emmy Award-Winning CNN Original Series “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell”





Season Five of Emmy Award-Winning CNN Original Series “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell” Premieres Sunday, July 19
In the extended season five premiere, “America vs. Itself (wt),” Bell will examine white supremacy and systemic racism in America.
[via press release from CNN]
Season Five of Emmy Award-Winning CNN Original Series “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell” Premieres Sunday, July 19

NEW YORK – June 30, 2020 – The multiple Emmy Award-winning CNN Original Series, United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, returns for its fifth season on Sunday, July 19, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, produced by Zero Point Zero (Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown), is an eight-part docuseries that follows sociopolitical comedian W. Kamau Bell as he explores communities across the country to understand the unique challenges they face.

In the extended season five premiere, “America vs. Itself (wt),” Bell will examine white supremacy and systemic racism in America. In subsequent episodes, he’ll explore independent farming, the gig economy, reparations, the homeless crisis in LA, the public education system, and the experiences of Iranian Americans in NYC and Venezuelans in Florida.

United Shades of America is executive produced by Bell, Sandra Zweig, Lydia Tenaglia, Chris Collins and Morgan Fallon for Zero Point Zero, Jimmy Fox, Layla Smith and Tim Pastore for Main Event Media/All3Media, and Amy Entelis and Lyle Gamm for CNN. The series will regularly air Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.

United Shades of America will stream live for subscribers the day of the premiere via CNNgo (at CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android. Episodes of the series will be available the day after each broadcast premiere on demand via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo and CNN mobile apps.

The first four seasons of United Shades are currently available to watch on HBOMax.

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. Lyle Gamm, senior vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series. Since 2012, the team has produced 40 CNN Original Series, including the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, Emmy Award-winning United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, and critically-acclaimed series including This is Life with Lisa Ling, the “Decades” series, American Dynasties: The Kennedys, The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty, The History of Comedy, Race for the White House, and many others.



CNN and HLN Announce 2020/2021 Original Series Slate





CNN and HLN Announce 2020/2021 Original Series Slate
Emmy Award-winning series “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell” will return for its fifth season this summer and the seventh season of “This is Life with Lisa Ling” will return this fall, with new seasons of both series airing in 2021.
[via press release from CNN]
CNN and HLN Announce 2020/2021 Original Series Slate

NEW YORK – June 24, 2020 – CNN and HLN revealed today their Original Series slate for 2020 and 2021 as part of WarnerMedia’s ongoing efforts to communicate powerful and flexible ad solutions for advertising partners.

Adding to the brand’s successful portfolio of premium nonfiction content, CNN will debut two new Original Series for 2020, The Story of Late Night (previously announced) and First Ladies (previously announced), and seven new Original Series for 2021, including Searching for Italy with Stanley Tucci (previously announced), Lincoln: An American President (wt), Diana (wt), History of Sitcom, Jerusalem (wt), Reframed: The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe (wt), and The Woman Who Took Down the KKK. In addition, the Emmy Award-winning series, United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, will return for its fifth season this summer and the seventh season of This is Life with Lisa Ling will return this fall, with new seasons of both series airing in 2021.

The 2020/2021 CNN Original Series include:

2020

The Story of Late Night (summer) -The Story of Late Night, produced by Cream Productions, is an eight-part series premiering this summer, that takes viewers on a journey back in time through present day of late-night television’s most memorable moments. Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Chelsea Handler, Trevor Noah, Conan O’Brien, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Whoopi Goldberg, George Lopez, along with many other industry insiders, give first-hand, behind-the-scenes accounts of a beloved art form that changed the face of television forever.

United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell (summer) – United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, produced by Zero Point Zero (Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown), is an eight-part, multiple Emmy Award-winning series that follows sociopolitical comedian W. Kamau Bell as he explores communities across the country to understand the unique challenges they face. The fifth season premieres this summer and explores topical issues including reparations, white supremacy, the gig economy, and the homeless crisis.

First Ladies (fall)- First Ladiesis a six-part docuseries, produced by October Films, that explores the lives of America’s most iconic First Ladies, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Michelle Obama. The series explores how each First Lady was transformed by their years in the White House, and how they left their mark on American political life and society. Series premieres this fall.

This is Life with Lisa Ling (fall) – This is Life with Lisa Ling, produced by Part2, is an eight-part investigative docuseries in which award-winning journalist and author Lisa Ling travels across America immersing herself in communities that are often unknown or misunderstood. The seventh season premieres this fall and explores topics including mass shooting, psychedelic therapy, and gender norms.

2021

Searching for Italy with Stanley Tucci – Searching for Italy with Stanley Tucci, produced by Raw TV, is a four-part series that takes Academy Award nominee, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Stanley Tucci, on a deeply personal journey throughout Italy to sample the culture and cuisine of his ancestors. Tucci travels to incredible food markets and backstreet trattorias to discover the secrets and gastronomic delights of the country that he loves.

Lincoln: An American President (wt) – Lincoln: An American President (wt), produced by Glass Entertainment, is a six-part series that explores the remarkable and unexpected story of Abraham Lincoln, delving into his complicated inner-world, tragic personal life and history making political career.

Diana (wt) – Diana (wt), produced by October Films, is a six-part series that reveals how Diana, in just 36 years of life, influenced the entire world. The series delves into the story of how this fashion icon, humanitarian, hopeless romantic, aristocratic rebel and dedicated mother, rejected the status quo and heralded a paradigm shift for women and womanhood.

History of Sitcom – History of Sitcom, produced by Cream Productions, is an eight-part series that explores the most memorable moments and characters in television history, and the way sitcoms inform and reflect our social, cultural and political landscape.

Jerusalem (wt) – Jerusalem (wt), produced by Blackfin, is a six-part series that tells the story of the most controversial city in history through six epic conflicts and rivalries that defined it. Spanning from Biblical times to the Roman Empire to the birth of the modern State, this series will bring the “City of God” to life as never done before.

Reframed: The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe (wt) – Reframed: The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe (wt), produced by Raw TV, is a four-part series that explores from a modern perspective the life and legacy of Marilyn Monroe and to uncover the real story of this infamous woman.

The Woman Who Took Down The KKK (wt) – The Woman Who Took Down The KKK (wt), produced by Blumhouse, is a four-part series that tells the unflinching, untold true story of a Black woman in the South who brought down the Ku Klux Klan.

United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell season 6 and This is Life with Lisa Ling season 8

HLN, CNN’s sister network dedicated to true crime, mysteries and investigations, will add to its popular programming lineup new seasons of Very Scary People, How it Really Happened with Hill Harper, Lies, Crimes & Video, Real Life Nightmare, Forensic Files II, Vengeance and Murder Nation (wt).

The 2020/2021 HLN Original Series include:

2020

Very Scary People – Actor, singer, producer Donnie Wahlberg hosts this six-part HLN Original Series that chronicles the twisted lives of some of the most frightening, intriguing, and diabolical characters in recent history. Each episode traces the killers’ path to evil, exposes their ability to hide in plain sight, and celebrates their ultimate capture by skilled and determined investigators. Season two episodes feature Son of Sam, Robert Durst and the BTK Killer.

How It Really Happened with Hill Harper – Hosted by critically acclaimed actor Hill Harper, the six-part HLN Original Series delves deeply into some of the most notorious crimes, mysteries and celebrity tragedies of our time. Stories for the fifth season include: the Atlanta Child Murders, the shocking Siegfried & Roy tiger attack, and the final days of rock star Tom Petty.

Lies, Crimes & Video – This crime & investigation series, produced by HLN Investigations, gives viewers an intimate look into terrifying 911 calls, police interrogations, jail house recordings, body camera and surveillance video captured as part of a criminal investigation. The six-part series (season two) features riveting stories that incorporate video evidence in criminal cases and shocking courtroom testimony. The lies, deceit and bad behavior are all caught on camera and presented in this candid true crime docuseries.

Real Life Nightmare – This true crime docuseries, produced by HLN Investigations, offers heart-wrenching, personal mysteries and unexplained deaths that continue to baffle investigators and horrify those left behind. This six-part series (season two) unravels the newest evidence and compels viewers to hunt for answers with a call to action as police continue to seek the public’s help.

2021

Forensic Files II – Long considered the gold standard of crime docuseries, Forensic Files returns with 16 new mysteries, produced by CNN Development for HLN under the guidance of executive producer Nancy Duffy. Forensic Files II features the amazing work of scientists and investigators who use cutting edge forensics to crack the most baffling criminal cases. Acclaimed film, stage and television actor Bill Camp (Dark Waters, Joker, The Night Of) is the narrator.

Vengeance: Killer Families – The fourth installment of the HLN Original Series, Vengeance, returns with a 10-episode run of Vengeance: Killer Families. Home is supposed to be where the heart is, but sometimes family dynamics can turn deadly. And those who should be trusted the most turn out to be cold-blooded killers. Each one-hour episode takes viewers through the twists and turns of the investigation, the arrest, and the quest for justice. Vengeance: Killer Families is produced for HLN by Jupiter Entertainment.

Murder Nation(wt) – Each four-episode season of Murder Nation (wt) will showcase mysterious and iconic murder cases from specific cities and locations around America, killings intrinsically tethered to their setting. From Beverly Kills, Hollywood’s most shocking murders, to Bad, Bad Bayou, rural Louisiana’s swampiest cases, or Evil in Alaska, where man’s animal nature comes to the surface, each of these unique murders couldn’t have happened anywhere else. The series is produced for HLN by Glass Entertainment.

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. Lyle Gamm, senior vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series. Since 2012, the CNN Original Series group has produced more than 40 series, including the multiple Emmy Award-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, and critically-acclaimed series including This is Life with Lisa Ling, the “Decades” series, American Dynasties: The Kennedys, The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty, The History of Comedy, and many others.

About HLN Original Series

Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, CNN Worldwide, oversees CNN Original Series and HLN Original Series. Nancy Duffy, senior vice president of program development for CNN, supervises production of internally produced HLN Original Series.



10.827 Million Tune Into Last Night’s CNN-Univision Debate on Television





10.827 Million Tune Into Last Night’s CNN-Univision Debate on Television
CNN spins the numbers for Sunday, March 15.

[via press release from CNN]

10.827 MILLION TUNE INTO LAST NIGHT’S CNN-UNIVISION DEBATE ON TELEVISION

MORE PEOPLE WATCHED LAST NIGHT’S DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE THAN ANY OTHER CNN DEBATE THIS ELECTION CYCLE

3.9 MILLION LIVE STREAMS ON CNN DIGITAL: LARGEST DAY OF THIS ELECTION CYCLE

A combined 10.827 million total viewers watched the CNN-Univision Democratic Presidential Debate on television last night according to Nielsen Fast National data. Among adults 25-54, 3.414 million tuned in and among younger viewers (18-34), 1.232 watched. Additionally, 608k live streamed the average minute of the CNN-Univision debate on digital platforms (which is equivalent to the way TV ratings are calculated).

On CNN TV, 9.899 million total viewers watched, and the debate attracted 3.040 million among 25-54 and 1.062 million in 18-34. On CNN en Espa�ol (CNNE), an additional 80k total viewers, 30k adults 25-54 and 9k younger viewers tuned in.

On Univision, 848k watched among total viewers and 344k/161k tuned in among 25-54/18-34 respectively.

More people watched the CNN-Univision Democratic Presidential debate than any other CNN debate this election cycle. Last night’s CNN-Univision debate was the second highest rated Democratic debate to air on CNN on record (just following Las Vegas 10/13/15).

The CNN-Univision Democratic Presidential Debate was CNN Digital’s second largest Democratic Debate day in history, and biggest of the 2019/2020 cycle with 3.9 million total day live streams and 2.5 million during the debate hours 8-10pm on CNN’s owned platforms (CNN.com, Edition.CNN.com, CNNgo OTT apps and mobile apps for iOS and Android), the DNC’s digital platforms as well as Univision’s digital platforms (Univision.com, Univision App, Noticias App, and Univision NOW). It was also the biggest CNN debate of the 2019/2020 cycle for CNN O&O peak concurrent digital viewing with 924k at 9:01pm.

CNN and Univision had 608k people live streaming the average minute of the debate (equivalent to the way TV ratings are calculated). This was the second highest digital average audience for an event on record (second only to the 2016 Presidential Election). TV plus digital streaming for CNN, CNNE & Univision produced a combined total average audience of 11.435 million total viewers. Digital viewing added a +5.6% lift to CNN, CNNE and Univision TV total viewer average audience.

On debate day, CNN Digital saw more than 50 million unique multiplatform visitors – the fifth highest day in history – and 24 million total video starts across desktop, mobile and OTT devices. The audio of the debate also streamed on CNN’s channels on Amazon Echo, SiriusXM and Westwood One Radio Network.

The debate with former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders was moderated by Jake Tapper, CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent; Dana Bash, CNN chief political correspondent and Ilia Calder�n, co-anchor, Noticiero Univision and co-host, Aqu� y Ahora. The debate aired from 8-10pm live from CNN’s studios in Washington, D.C.