CNN adds to its successful portfolio of premium, nonfiction programming with six new Original Series set to debut in 2019. Chasing Life with Sanjay Gupta, Tricky Dick, American Dynasties: The Bushes, American Style (working title), Once in a Great City: Detroit 1962-64 and The Redemption Project will join a lineup that includes the Peabody and Emmy-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, Emmy-winning United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, This is Life with Lisa Ling, among other award-winning and critically-acclaimed series.
The new CNN Original Series for 2019 include:
- Chasing Life with Sanjay Gupta – Chasing Life with Sanjay Gupta is a six-part CNN Original Series, produced by Part2 Pictures, following Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s travels around the world in search of the secret to living longer, healthier and happier. Dr. Gupta is a brain surgeon and top authority on health and medicine, but his personal and professional curiosity will take him on a globe trekking, immersive journey to explore surprising traditions and modern practices that illuminate what constitutes a healthy and meaningful life.
- Tricky Dick – Tricky Dick is a four-part CNN Original Series, produced by Left/Right, that explores Richard Nixon’s life and times; tracking his rise, fall, incredible comeback and political destruction. From his early political career in California, to the game-changing Kennedy-Nixon debates through his disgraceful Watergate exit, this fully archive-based series will feature never-before-seen footage and offer viewers fresh insight into an unbelievable story.
- American Dynasties: The Bushes – American Dynasties: The Bushes is a CNN Original Series, produced by London-based production company, RAW. It follows in the footsteps of the top-rated American Dynasties: The Kennedys. The series explores the Bush family’s complex internal dynamics, fraternal rivalries, influential matriarchs and extreme competitive spirit which drove them to power. It’s a story of, triumph, tragedy, heroism, religion and of an evolving conservatism that paved the way for today’s political landscape. This is the first major series to ever deeply examine this one family which has so greatly impacted American political history.
- American Style (working title) – American Style is a four-part CNN Original Series, produced by Vox Entertainment – the original programming division of Vox Media – that examines how America’s changing style through the decades has mirrored the political, social, and economic climate of the time, shaping our unique American identity. Using archival footage and interviews with fashion experts and cultural figures, American Style will highlight the most iconic moments from fashion, history, and pop culture, giving audiences a front row seat to the runway of American history.
- Once in a Great City: Detroit 1962-64 – Executive produced by Emmy Award winners Anthony Bourdain, Lydia Tenaglia, Chris Collins and Toby Oppenheimer, Once in a Great City: Detroit 1962-64 is a four-part CNN Original Series about Detroit when the city’s auto industry was the envy of the world and Motown ruled the airwaves. The series, produced by Zero Point Zero, will take viewers back to a time in America when people believed in the goodness of big corporations, had high hopes for racial parity, and looked to unions and the government to solve their problems.
- The Redemption Project – The Redemption Project is an eight-part CNN Original Series produced by Citizen Jones and directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, Jason Cohen. Each episode follows the victim – or surviving family members – of a life-altering crime as they journey to meet face-to-face with their offender in the hopes of finding answers or seeking some sense of closure. Van Jones will serve as a guide for the viewer throughout this transformational experience. Through unique access to the U.S. prison system, and a rare glimpse into the restorative justice process, this powerful series will explore the human potential for redemption.
The 2018/2019 programming slate will also feature new seasons of returning CNN Original Series including Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown (Zero Point Zero); United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell (Main Event Media/All3Media America); This is Life with Lisa Ling (Part2 Pictures); The History of Comedy (Hazy Mills/Herzog & Company); and Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies (All3Media America), in addition to the premieres of 1968: The Year that Changed in America this May (Playtone/Herzog & Company) and The 2000s(Playtone/Herzog & Company) this July.
About CNN Original Series
The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions and in-house production. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide. Lizzie Fox, vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series.