Signaling that it is committed to broadening its prime-time approach with docu-series, CNN has renewed “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” along with shows featuring Mike Rowe and Lisa Ling, Variety reports.
The food and culture show “Parts Unknown” is one of the cable channel’s most-watched shows, and has earned two consecutive Primetime Emmys for for informational series, the report notes.
“Morevoer, ‘Parts Unknown’ and Bourdain have served as a template for the kind of personality-driven unscripted series that the cabler hopes will bring a more reliable recurring audience to the channel amid the ups and downs of breaking news periods,” Variety reports.
CNN also renewed “This Is Life with Lisa Ling,” which premiered in September, and “Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe” which followed in October. “In its Wednesday 9 p.m. airings to date, ‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It’ has averaged 804,000 viewers — a big improvement over the aud that ‘Piers Morgan Tonight’ had drawn in the same time slot,” Variety notes.
The channel’s plan is to have about 12 unscripted series on the air next year, the report adds.