Just when you thought there was nothing left for TV to do, here’s a peek at Peak TV, non-fiction style. Have a look into what CNN believes America will want to see in the coming months:
On Wednesday, CNN announced plans for six new original series next year, including shows about former President Richard Nixon and the Bush family.
One of the six is a four-part show, American Style, produced by Vox Media’s programming division, Vox Entertainment. The show “examines how America’s changing style through the decades has mirrored the political, social, and economic climate of the time, shaping our unique American identity,” and represents a high-profile offering for the digital media company’s linear programming ambitions.
Longtime CNN fixture Dr. Sanjay Gupta is slated for a six-part travel series called Chasing Life With Sanjay Gupta.
The other shows on tap include Tricky Dick, a four-part show on Nixon, and a new edition of the American Dynasties series that will focus on “the Bush family’s complex internal dynamics, fraternal rivalries, influential matriarchs and extreme competitive spirit.”
The network also announced plans for Once in a Great City: Detroit 1962-64 and an eight-part show called The Redemption Project that will bring together the victims and perpetrators of “life-altering” crimes.
CNN Original shows Parts Unknown, United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell, This Is Life With Lisa Ling, The History of Comedy and Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies are also returning for additional seasons.
While CNN’s news programming and relentless coverage of Donald Trump’s presidency (and the scandals that have emerged from it) dominate the network’s airwaves, original entertainment programming is still a big part of the network’s strategy, the company has said….