Kevin Spacey has promised to use his “normal voice” when he narrates a six-part series for CNN about the dirty tricks, Machiavellian schemes and powerful campaign speeches people have employed over the years in the race to the White House, so as not to confuse it with the dirty tricks and Machiavellian schemes and powerful campaign speeches he will employ in his White House race on Netflix.
CNN said this morning Spacey, who plays ruthless, conniving politician Francis Underwood in House Of Cards, will narrate and produce a six-part series for the cable news network in 2016 about six of of history’s most famous White House races past.
Race For The White House will be co-produced by Raw Productions and Spacey’s Trigger Street Productions, and exec produced by Spacey and his Trigger partner Dana Brunetti, CNN said as it’s touting its upcoming primetime docus to potential advertisers. The series will use previously unseen archive footage, interviews with key players, and dramatic re-creations.
“When we created the CNN Original Series brand, this is exactly the type of programming we had in mind,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said in today’s news; Race For The White House, he said, “will be the perfect complement to our coverage of the 2016 campaigns and election.”
It may also be the perfect compliment to a fourth season of Netflix’s House Of Cards; Netflix recently premiered Season 3 of the political soap and has not yet said whether Season 4 is in the cards. If that happens, it is expected to premiere in 2016 as well.
As described by CNN, each hour of its Spacey project “will tell the story of a four-year, no-holds-barred battle to become the most powerful person in the world, culminating in a single night of heart pounding tension. From powerful campaign speeches to the dirty tricks and Machiavellian schemes, Race For The White House will capture the drama of how a high-stakes presidential election can turn on a single issue and so much more.”
Raw Productions has a client list that includes the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, A&E, Film4, CBS, ITV, National Geographic, History and Syfy; its output includes Gold Rush for Discovery, The Hunt For The Boston Bombers, BAFTA-winning The Liquid Bomb Plot, and Locked Up Abroad all for National Geographic, and the BAFTA winning feature documentary The Imposter.
Trigger Street’s credits include House Of Cards, Captain Phillips and The Social Network, 21, Shrink, Fanboys, Beyond The Sea, The Big Kahuna, The United States Of Leland, Mini’s First Time, Bernard And Doris, and Recount.