CNN this morning announced three new original series joining its 2017 slate, walking up to its participation in Turner’s Upfront presentation this morning at Madison Square Garden.
Soundtracks: Songs That Made History (working title) is an eight-part series executive-produced by Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia and Brian Gewirtz. It will explore the music tied to iconic moments in history. Every episode will cover a tragedy, triumph, or the start of a movement – and the music that came to define it. From the March on Washington to the riots at Stonewall, the moon landing to Hurricane Katrina, music has played a part in celebrating, criticizing, or amplifying history. Soundtracks is produced by Show of Force and Seven Bucks Productions.
The History Of Comedy is an eight-part series exploring what has made people laugh, from the Ancient Greeks, to Shakespeare, to vaudeville, to now. It is executive produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner (Hazy Mills) and Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen (Herzog & Company). Using archival footage, original comedic material, and interviews, the series will showcase how the art form has evolved over the years.
The Nineties follows in the footsteps of previous CNN decade series The Sixties, The Seventies and The Eighties. Executive produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman in association with HBO and Mark Herzog, the eight-part series will highlight cultural and political milestones that defined the decade, from the birth of the Internet to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.
CNN’s three new shows will join the previously announced spiritual adventure series Believer with Reza Aslan, also launching next year.
In addition, CNN’s 2017 slate will feature new seasons of other CNN original series, including Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (S9 and S10), This is Life With Lisa Ling (S4), The Hunt With John Walsh (S4), Death Row Stories (S3), The Wonder List With Bill Weir (S3) and Finding Jesus (S2). The current CNN original series lineup also includes United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell, Morgan Spurlock Inside Man, The Eighties and Declassified: Untold Stories.
Meanwhile, HLN noted that this summer a three-hour daily program hosted by former CNN-er Michaela Pereira will join its lineup. After three years as co-host of CNN’s New Day, Pereira’s show will be the only national morning news program broadcast from Los Angeles. Telecast live from CNN’s LA bureau from 10 AM-1 PM ET, the show will have a bit of a “West Coast vibe,” with lots of issue-driven conversation, lively guests and some lighter news.