EXCLUSIVE: As part of CNN‘s efforts to broaden its viewership with news-related programming that would appeal to wider audiences, the network has acquired the non-fiction series Crimes Of The Century, executive produced by director-producer Ridley Scott. It will air on weekends later this year.

Each episode of Crimes Of The Century examines a major news event – from the Madoff scandal to the Oklahoma City bombing — using a cinematic approach associated with a Ridley Scott production. With a visual style that includes CGI and animation, the series places the viewer at the scene of the crime employing never-before-scene footage and interviews with witnesses, victims, and investigators of crimes that became part of the Zeitgeist. Scott executive produces the series along with David Zucker and Mary Lisio of Scott Free Prods. Vinnie Malhotra, SVP of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide called the acquisition “another step in our mission to broaden the scope of programming on CNN.” He called Crimes Of The Century “an expertly-produced, captivating series that delves deeply into some of the most fascinating news events of our day that demand further scrutiny.” Crimes Of The Century is among several CNN non-fiction series acquisitions to air weekends on CNN, including Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown and Morgan Spurlock‘s Inside Man.