CNN took the wraps off plans for a new original series, announcing that it is joining forces with Robert Redford on the unscripted, eight-part series “Chicagoland.” The series will be executive produced by Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions, and award-winning filmmakers Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin of BCTV.
As the title implies, the series will focus on the city of Chicago. “It is as authentic an American city as there is, and the series will explore where politics and policy meet real people’s lives — in a city generating change and innovation in social policy, education, and public safety — to meet national and local challenges,” CNN announced.
The series is scheduled to launch in early 2014.
Said Redford: “The vibrant culture and opportunities inherent in this 21st century, world-class city run alongside profound daily challenges. Much of it falls on the shoulders of its tough, visionary mayor, his team and people doing heroic work in neighborhoods throughout the city. Chicago has always had a rhythm all its own. It’s a city that wears its heart on its sleeve and I am honored to be a part of telling this story.”
Amy Entelis, senior vice president for talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, added: “We’re very pleased to bring this unique long-form series to the network. ‘Chicagoland’ is a creative exploration of stories relevant to every city and every American.”