New CNN Original Series “History of the Sitcom” and “Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury” Premiere





New CNN Original Series “History of the Sitcom” and “Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury” Premiere This July
Look for said originals to roll out on Sunday, July 11 and Sunday, July 18, respectively.
[via press release from CNN]
New CNN Original Series “History of the Sitcom” and “Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury” Premiere This July

History of the Sitcom, from the Producers of The Story of Late Night, Premieres with Back-to-Back Episodes on Sunday, July 11

Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury, Narrated by Golden Globe-Winning Actor Ewan McGregor, Premieres Sunday, July 18

NEW YORK- June 9, 2021 CNN Original Series is set to debut two new docuseries this July; History of the Sitcom premiering with back-to-back episodes on Sunday, July 11 at 9pm and 10 pm ET/PT, and Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury on Sunday, July 18 at 10pm ET/PT.

Following in the footsteps of the popular CNN Original Series examining The Movies and The Story of Late Night, History of the Sitcom reunites audiences with the television friends, families, and co-workers they grew up with while introducing cutting-edge comedies that are sure to be your next binge-watch. The eight-part docuseries produced by Cream Productions features over 180 original interviews with sitcom icons including Norman Lear, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Lisa Kudrow, Jason Alexander, Kelsey Grammer, Kim Fields, Tim Allen, Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, George Lopez, Mel Brooks, Isabella Gomez, Ted Danson, Joey Soloway, Jimmie Walker, Judd Apatow, Dan Levy, Zooey Deschanel, Chuck Lorre, Mara Brock Akil, Helen Hunt and many more, breaking down how sitcoms have helped generations of Americans navigate an ever-shifting cultural landscape.

The premiere episode at 9pm ET/PT titled “American Family” will examine how sitcoms have evolved to reflect the changing face of American families. The following episode at 10pm ET/PT titled “Sexual Revolution” will explore the revolution of sex in sitcoms, including the integration LGBTQ+ storylines in representing a more modern world.

Executive producers for History of the Sitcom are David Brady, Kate Harrison Karman, Bill Carter, and John Ealer for Cream Productions, Amy Entelis and Lyle Gamm for CNN Original Series. Following the premiere, the series will regularly air on Sunday nights at 9pm ET/PT on CNN.

Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury, produced by Blackfin, is a six-part series that tells the story of one of the most controversial cities in history, through six epic conflicts that shaped and defined it. Narrated by Golden Globe-winning actor Ewan McGregor, the docuseries explores how a small arid town with no natural resources became a place of pilgrimage for three of the most prominent world religions, while investigating how three thousand years of conflicts have led directly to the struggles of today. Spanning from Biblical times to the Roman Empire to the Cold War, and examining the stories of King David, Cleopatra, Saladin, T.E. Lawrence, and more, the series brings the “City of God” to life as never before.

The premiere episode, “The Kingdom,” tracks how King David conquered and claimed Jerusalem from the Jebusites as the capital for the United Kingdom of Israel, setting the stage for centuries of conflict to come.

Executive producers for Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury are Geno McDermott, Jordan Rosenblum and Shan Nicholson for Blackfin, Amy Entelis and Lyle Gamm for CNN Original Series. The series will regularly air on Sunday nights at 10pm ET/PT on CNN.

History of the Sitcom and Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury 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, July 2nd the “Holy War” episode of Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury 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 .



“Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story” Premieres Sunday, June 27





“Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story” Premieres Sunday, June 27 on CNN at 9:00PM ET and PT
With more than half a billion copies of her 32 novels sold in more than 40 countries, eight of which have been produced as movies, Jackie Collins is one of the world’s most successful and celebrated authors.
[via press release from CNN]
LADY BOSS: The Jackie Collins Story Premieres Sunday, June 27 on CNN at 9:00PM ET and PT

The Laura Fairrie-Directed Film Explores the Life of the Writer and Icon Whose ‘Girls Can Do Anything’ Motto Was Aspirational for Both Fans and the Author Alike

With more than half a billion copies of her 32 novels sold in more than 40 countries, eight of which have been produced as movies, Jackie Collins is one of the world’s most successful and celebrated authors. Her writing boldly extolls female power, sexual pleasure, and freedom, often with the glamourous backdrop of Hollywood’s high society. Her works such as Chances (1981), Hollywood Wives (1983), and The Santangelos (2015) have never been out of print and continue to delight generations of readers around the world, creating community among her fans, and generating debate among others over her self-styled brand of feminism.

LADY BOSS: The Jackie Collins Story, directed by Laura Fairrie and produced by John Battsek and Lizzie Gillett, is a Passion Pictures production for AGC Studios, CNN Films, and BBC Arts, in association with Ventureland. The film is a definitive, cinematic portrait of the trailblazing author, mother, rebel, and icon. LADY BOSS will have its world premiere on June 10 at Tribeca Film Festival, and will premiere for television Sunday, June 27, at 9:00pm ET and PT on CNN.

Fairrie crafts the intimate narrative of her film with family photographs, home movie footage, audio recordings of Collins’ novels, and even excerpts from Collins’ personal diaries. Decades before ‘meToo,’ Collins talked of experiencing Hollywood’s ‘casting couch.’ Years later, Collins mined the not-all-that-glitters-is-gold world that she would come to dominate, fictionalizing many of the true tales of her Hollywood experiences for her novels. Her legions of fans, many of whom learned about sex from reading her books, may relate to the novelist’s real-life loves, her early difficult marriage to Wallace Austin, and a later union with the love of her life, Oscar Lerman, who admiringly encouraged her career. Years after Lerman’s passing, Collins declared she had entered a phase enjoying the company of ‘a man for every occasion.’

The film spans Collins’ life, beginning with a domineering father and a beloved, but sometimes distant mother. Fairrie follows Collins through her final days, including a determined return to London for a farewell to her beloved siblings, actress Joan and Bill, her sister-in-law, Hazel, and her close circle of business confidants. During that London visit, most did not realize Collins was in her final days of breast cancer, and had secretly lived with the devastating disease for six years. Along the way, Fairrie interweaves interviews with Collins’ cherished daughters Tiffany, Tracy, and Rory, and dearest friends, to yield a sometimes surprisingly vulnerable portrait of a relatable and complex woman, behind the fan-craved chronicles of Hollywood scandals and sex.

Fairrie’s immersive documentary is a multilayered deliberation on feminism, sexuality, and family dynamics. Viewers journey through the life of a novelist who blazed a revolutionary path, earning power and respect at the top echelons of Hollywood, and whose ‘Girls can do anything’ motto continues to inspire generations of readers.

During the June 27 broadcast premiere on CNN, LADY BOSS: The Jackie Collins Story will also stream live for subscribers via CNNgo (www.CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for AppleTV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV, and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android. The film will be available beginning Monday, June 28, on demand via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms, and CNN mobile apps. While watching LADY BOSS, viewers can comment and interact with others across social media platforms using the hashtag #LadyBossFilm.

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, follow @CNNFilms via Twitter, and join Keep Watching, an exclusive, members-only community for CNN Films & CNN Original Series https://cnn.it/3qTScB4. Acclaimed CNN Films include the Academy Award(R)-nominated, BAFTA-nominated, and Emmy(R) Award-winning RBG, directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen; the Emmy(R) Award-winning APOLLO 11, the giant screen film APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition, directed by Todd Douglas Miller; JIMMY CARTER: Rock & Roll President, directed by Mary Wharton; the Emmy(R) Award-nominated, BAFTA-nominated Three Identical Strangers, directed by Tim Wardle; and DREAMLAND: The Burning of Black Wall Street, directed by Salima Koroma.



Premium Content From CNN Original Series and CNN Films





Premium Content From CNN Original Series and CNN Films Shines on Theatrical, Streaming, and Television Screens for 2021 and 2022
Six new CNN Original Series will premiere in 2022, including: “Patagonia” (wt), “Nomad with Carlton McCoy” (wt), “Dark Was the Night: The Life of Hitler,” “LBJ: Triumph and Tragedy,” and “Reframed: Marilyn Monroe.”
[via press release from CNN]
Premium Content From CNN Original Series and CNN Films Shines on Theatrical, Streaming, and Television Screens for 2021 and 2022

NEW YORK – May 19, 2021 – During today’s WarnerMedia Upfront presentation, CNN revealed plans for its CNN Original Series and CNN Films for the third quarter of 2021 and forward, building upon a successful, diverse portfolio of premium, nonfiction programming.

Three new CNN Original Series will premiere in 2021: History of the Sitcom, Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury, and Diana (wt) were each previously announced. More details about their content were presented today. Six new CNN Original Series will premiere in 2022, including: Patagonia (wt), Nomad with Carlton McCoy (wt), Dark Was the Night: The Life of Hitler, LBJ: Triumph and Tragedy, and Reframed: Marilyn Monroe (Reframed was previously announced).

CNN also announced key renewals. The critically-acclaimed Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy will return for a second season, joining a lineup of returning award-winning series. The celebrated This is Life with Lisa Ling has been renewed for its eighth season and will return in fall 2021, and the Emmy(R) Award-winning United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell will return for its seventh season in 2022.

CNN Films has continued to collaborate with production and distribution partners for premium documentary features that deliver to theatrical, broadcast, and streaming screens. DREAMLAND: The Burning of Black Wall Street, a previously-announced collaboration with LeBron James’ and Maverick Carter’s The SpringHill Company, celebrates the Black achievement of the Greenwood community of Tulsa, OK, in the early 20th century, and the 100 year-old, racially-motivated massacre of Black residents that has remained obscured by history, but not forgotten. The film is directed by Salima Koroma and will premiere Monday, May 31, in commemoration of the centennial of the historic events.

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, directed by Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville, and produced by Tremolo Productions, will premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. Roadrunner explores the life of the legendary storyteller, traveler, and culinary force. Bourdain helped launch CNN’s premium nonfiction franchises and helmed the 12-time Primetime Emmy(R) Award-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, for 12 seasons, 2013 to 2018. The film is a co-production between CNN Films and HBO Max and has been acquired by Focus Features for theatrical release, beginning Friday, July 16.

The CNN Film LADY BOSS: The Jackie Collins Story, will have its world premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival in June, prior to its debut on CNN. The Laura Fairrie-directed feature is co-produced with AGC Studios and the BBC, and celebrates the life and achievements of the ground-breaking sexual liberation icon and novelist.

LFG, produced by CNN Films for HBO Max, will also premiere at Tribeca. The documentary feature film examines the fight for pay equity by the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, and will stream exclusively via HBO Max when it is released.

The Lost Sons, directed by Ursula Macfarlane, and produced by RAW, the production company that previously collaborated with CNN Films to produce THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS, examines a criminal case of infants switched at birth, and the impact of the search for answers on their families and communities. The Lost Sons had its world premiere in 2021 at SXSW, and is currently being marketed for theatrical distribution. Rounding out the announcements from CNN Films is JULIA, a film about the ground-breaking and culturally-influential chef, Julia Child. The film is directed by Academy Award-nominated Julie Cohen and Betsy West of Storyville Films, who previously directed the acclaimed RBG for CNN Films. The film was previously confirmed in production by CNN Films and Imagine Documentaries; both of which are executive producers of JULIA. Dates for the release of JULIA are not yet confirmed.

The 2021/2022 CNN Original Series include:

2021

History of the Sitcom (summer)- History of the Sitcom, an eight-part docuseries produced by Cream Productions, reunites audiences with the sitcom friends, families, and co-workers they grew up with while introducing cutting-edge comedies that are sure to be a binge-watch. The series features over 180 original interviews with sitcom icons including Norman Lear, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Lisa Kudrow, Jason Alexander, Kelsey Grammer, Kim Fields, Tim Allen, Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, George Lopez, Mel Brooks, Isabella Gomez, Ted Danson, Joey Soloway, Jimmie Walker, Judd Apatow, Dan Levy, Zooey Deschanel, Chuck Lorre, Mara Brock Akil, Helen Hunt, and many more.

Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury (summer) – Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury, produced by Blackfin, is a six-part CNN Original Series that tells the story of one of the most controversial cities in history, through six epic conflicts and rivalries that shaped and defined it. Spanning Biblical times to the Roman Empire to the Cold War, the series will bring the “City of God” to life as never before.

Diana (wt) (fall)- Produced by October Films, the six-part series is about Diana (wt) the woman, encompassing all her roles as mother, daughter, wife, princess, but primarily, as the blueprint for the modern woman.

This is Life with Lisa Ling (fall) – This is Life with Lisa Ling, produced by Part2 Pictures is an eight-part investigative documentary series that follows award-winning journalist and author Lisa Ling as she travels across America exploring communities that are often unknown or misunderstood. As the country tries to reckon with the events of this tumultuous year, there are two questions on everyone’s mind: “how did we get here?” And “how do we go forward?” To help make sense of it all, Lisa takes a deep dive into our collective past to uncover some hard truths and find some answers.

2022

Reframed: Marilyn Monroe -Reframed: Marilyn Monroe is a four-part series produced by RAW TV that will reevaluate and reclaim the life and legacy of Marilyn Monroe from a modern perspective. The series critically explores how she was presented, and how she presented herself, to uncover the real Marilyn.

Dark was the Night: The Life of Hitler – Dark was the Night: The Life of Hitler, produced by Left/Right, is an examination of the life and times of Adolf Hitler, one of the most reviled figures in modern history. This series follows the full arc of his dramatic ascent, tyrannical reign, murderous criminality, and ultimate undoing. It dives deep into the cultural, social, and political influences that shaped him into a leader who could lure millions of Germans to support him in mass murder and world war. Immersive and intimate, Dark was the Night lays bare a Nazi leader’s deepest obsessions, personal motivations, closest relationships, and crippling fears. Featuring never-before-broadcast archival material, this series is the definitive telling of the Hitler story – how an obscure man from the Austrian provinces became a modern symbol of human evil.

Patagonia (wt) – Patagonia (wt), produced by Plimsoll Productions, is a sweeping and immersive deep dive into the land, animals, and people of one of the last untouched places on earth, the far-off land of Patagonia in South America.

LBJ: Triumph and Tragedy – Lyndon Baines Johnson is one of the most consequential Presidents Americans don’t know well enough. A larger than life Texan with a dynamic personality, Johnson has been indelibly condemned as a flawed, accidental president, or simply lost to history without a clear individual identity in the U.S. presidential lexicon. Johnson, a presidential enigma, was a master of the political process. He was responsible for passing some of the most significant pieces of legislation in modern history, during the most contentious times imaginable. But, while he was reshaping the social fabric of America, bringing the South out of the past and into the future, Johnson was simultaneously escalating a war that would rip America apart at the seams. The series, produced by Bat Bridge Entertainment, will be equal parts interviews, archival content, and recreations that combine to answer the question: ‘Warmongering buffoon or legislative genius, who is the real Lyndon Baines Johnson?’

Nomad with Carlton McCoy (wt) – By trade, Carlton McCoy is a Master Sommelier, entrepreneur, and CEO. By definition, Carlton is a cultural shape-shifter, a person who has the capacity to walk the lines of our divided country and world. This series, produced by Zero Point Zero Production, will examine culture and the things that bring people together in life. Nomad will showcase and celebrate what makes us unique and what makes us the same: music, food, fashion, and culture, the intangible magic that connects us.

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy – Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, a CNN Original Series produced by RAW TV, follows Academy Award-nominee Stanley Tucci as he travels across Italy to discover the secrets and delights of the country’s regional cuisines. The second season will premiere in 2022.

United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell – United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, produced by Zero Point Zero Production, is an eight-part documentary series 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. The seventh season will premiere in 2022.

This is Life with Lisa Ling – This is Life with Lisa Ling, produced by Part2 Pictures is an eight-part investigative documentary series that follows award-winning journalist and author, Lisa Ling, as she travels across America exploring communities that are often unknown or misunderstood.

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, follow @CNNFilms via Twitter, and join Keep Watching, an exclusive, members-only community for CNN Films & CNN Original Series https://cnn.it/3qTScB4. Acclaimed CNN Films include the Academy Award(R)-nominated, BAFTA-nominated, and Emmy(R) Award-winning RBG, directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen; the Emmy(R) Award-winning APOLLO 11, the giant screen film APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition, directed by Todd Douglas Miller; JIMMY CARTER: Rock & Roll President, directed by Mary Wharton; and the Emmy(R) Award-nominated, BAFTA-nominated Three Identical Strangers, directed by Tim Wardle.

About CNN Original Series

The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions, and in-house productions. 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 .



“Dreamland: The Burning of Black Wall Street” Produced by The SpringHill Company Premieres Monday, May 31





CNN Films’ “Dreamland: The Burning of Black Wall Street” Produced by The SpringHill Company Premieres Monday, May 31 on CNN
Directed by Salima Koroma, the documentary celebrates the Black cultural renaissance that existed in the Greenwood district of Tulsa, OK, and investigates the 100-year-old race massacre that left an indelible, though hidden stain on American history.
[via press release from CNN]
CNN Films’ “DREAMLAND: The Burning of Black Wall Street” Produced by The SpringHill Company Premieres Monday, May 31 on CNN

The Salima Koroma-Directed Film Investigates the Black Renaissance in Greenwood, OK And The History Of An American Massacre

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DREAMLAND: The Burning of Black Wall Street, executive produced by LeBron James, Maverick Carter, Jamal Henderson, and Philip Byron for The SpringHill Company, and Amy Entelis and Courtney Sexton for CNN Films, will premiere Monday, May 31 at 9:00pm Eastern on CNN and CNN en Español. Directed and produced by Salima Koroma, the cinematic documentary celebrates the Black cultural renaissance that existed in the Greenwood district of Tulsa, OK, and investigates the 100-year-old race massacre that left an indelible, though hidden stain on American history.

Greenwood, a historic center of Black wealth, is the site of one of the nation’s most shocking mass murders. Accounts vary, but a 19-year-old African American man was arrested after being accused of assaulting a 17-year-old white woman inside Tulsa’s Drexel Building. After a white lynch mob was rebuked by African American World War I veterans, violent white vigilantes, some ‘deputized’ by local authorities, pursued and killed hundreds of Black men, women, and children in stunning acts of violence. Businesses were burned. Some marauders even flew airplanes to drop incendiary devices into Black residential areas. More than 35 city blocks were razed. Scores of Black residents needed shelter from the American Red Cross for weeks; many permanently fled the city.

As present-day Tulsa seeks reconciliation and accountability for this century-old tragedy, Koroma’s film blends archival media, animation, narrated letters and diary entries, and contemporary interviews with a richly evocative original score. DREAMLAND also examines the findings of the current archeological search for mass graves.

During the May 31 premiere will broadcast on CNN and CNN en Español, DREAMLAND: The Burning of Black Wall Street will also stream live for subscribers via CNNgo (www.CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for AppleTV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV, and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android. The film will be available beginning Tuesday, June 1, on demand via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms, and CNN mobile apps. The film will encore Saturday, June 5 at 9:00pm Eastern. HBO Max has acquired streaming rights to the film and will offer it for subscribers at a later date.

While watching DREAMLAND, viewers can comment and interact with others across social media platforms using the hashtag #DreamlandTulsa.

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, follow @CNNFilms via Twitter, and join Keep Watching, an exclusive, members-only community for CNN Films & CNN Original Series https://cnn.it/3qTScB4. Acclaimed CNN Films include the Academy Award(R)-nominated, BAFTA-nominated, and Emmy(R) Award-winning RBG, directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen; the Emmy(R) Award-winning APOLLO 11, the giant screen film APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition, directed by Todd Douglas Miller; JIMMY CARTER: Rock & Roll President, directed by Mary Wharton; and the Emmy(R) Award-nominated, BAFTA-nominated Three Identical Strangers, directed by Tim Wardle.

About The Spring Hill Company

The SpringHill Company is a global consumer and entertainment brand created to empower greatness in every individual. The SpringHill Company unites three companies built by LeBron James and Maverick Carter: UNINTERRUPTED, the athlete empowerment media and consumer product company, SpringHill Entertainment, the premium scripted and unscripted film and television production company and The Robot Company, the brand and culture consultancy. With a dynamic and diverse team committed to creating the most culturally inspired content, entertainment and products, The SpringHill Company is built to be the defining brand for a new generation.



“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

PROMO: https://bit.ly/3sWyPYT

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.
[via press release from CNN]
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.