Declassified is an eight-part series that looks at America’s covert operations around the world. This morning at Turner’s Upfront presentation to media buyers, CNN will announce that the series will be hosted by former U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, also the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Each episode will feature a newly declassified mission told firsthand by the agents involved, giving CNN viewers “unprecedented access to world of espionage.” Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Stephen Lambert and Rogers serve as executive producers on the series from All3Media America.
And, not surprisingly, after its success with The Sixties — and in anticipation of the launch of The Seventies next month — CNN has ordered The Eighties, for a 2016 premiere. Each one-hour episode of that series, from producers Hanks and Gary Goetzman in association with HBO and Emmy-winning producer Mark Herzog, will explore the people and events that shaped that decade.
CNN also will tell media buyers at the upfront that it has picked up a second season of The Wonder List With Bill Weir, produced by CNN, and a third season of This Is Life With Lisa Ling, from part2pictures. These series join previously announced CNN originals launching in 2016 including Race For The White House, produced by Raw/Trigger Street Productions, narrated by Kevin Spacey and executive produced by Spacey and Dana Brunetti. It examines the most dramatic and compelling presidential campaigns in history. Believer is billed as a “spiritual adventure series” from Whalerock Industries hosted by New York Times bestselling author Reza Aslan. And, United Shades Of America, from All3Media, follows comedian W. Kamau Bell as he travels the country to take a thought-provoking look at diverse cultures.
In three years, CNN has acquired or produced more than 200 hours of original series programming. The 2015-16 slate will feature new seasons of returning series, including the Peabody- and Emmy-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown (ZPZ Productions), Morgan Spurlock Inside Man (Warrior Poets), the previously mentioned The Seventies (Playtone/Herzog & Company), Mike Rowe’s Somebody’s Gotta Do It (Pilgrim Studios), The Hunt With John Walsh (ZPZ Productions) and Death Row Stories (Jigsaw/Sundance Productions). High Profits (Bat Bridge Entertainment), an eight-part docuseries about a Colorado couple trying to franchise recreational marijuana, currently is running on CNN.