CNN Adds Two Original Series, Announces Renewals

May 13, 2015  •  Post A Comment

The lineup of original series at CNN continues to grow, with the cable news channel announcing plans today for an original series examining U.S. covert ops and the latest entry in CNN’s decade-by-decade documentary series.

The network also announced it has picked up season two of “The Wonder List with Bill Weir” and a third season of “This Is Life with Lisa Ling.”

Along with Ling and Weir, the lineup of notable personalities who will be involved in CNN’s original series during the 2015-2016 season includes Kevin Spacey, Anthony Bourdain, Morgan Spurlock and Mike Rowe.

The unscripted program “Declassified,” from All3Media America, is an eight-part series presenting true stories of America’s covert operations around the world.

“Hosted by former U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers, also the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, each episode features a newly declassified mission told firsthand by the agents who lived it, while getting unprecedented access to the riveting and secret world of espionage,” CNN said in its announcement. “Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Stephen Lambert and Mike Rogers serve as executive producers on the series.”

The program is set to roll out in 2016, as is “The Eighties.”

“‘The Eighties’ follows in the footsteps of the critically acclaimed series ‘The Sixties’ and ‘The Seventies’ (premiering in June),” CNN said. “From the multiple Emmy Award-winning producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, in association with HBO and Emmy Award-winning producer Mark Herzog, each hour-long episode explores the individuals and events that shaped the decade.”

Previously announced CNN originals also set for launch in 2016 include “Race for the White House,” from Raw/Trigger Street Productions, narrated by Kevin Spacey and executive produced by Spacey and Dana Brunetti; “Believer,” from Whalerock Industries, a spiritual adventure series hosted by New York Times bestselling author Reza Aslan; and “United Shades of America,” from All3Media, which follows comedian W. Kamau Bell around the U.S. in an examination of diverse cultures.

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