8:37am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
CNN Announces Primetime Lineup, New Shows With Mike Rowe, Lisa Ling, John Walsh
CNN on Thursday announced a new primetime schedule along with new shows featuring Mike Rowe, Lisa Ling and John Walsh.
At its upfront presentation in New York, the network also will unveil a new series titled The Jesus Code. The series join previously announced series from Anthony Bourdain and Morgan Spurlock, both of which have been renewed, CNN said Thursday.
Meanwhile, the new primetime lineup will begin with Erin Burnett Outfront at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Anderson Cooper 360 at 8 p.m. ET. The 9 p.m. ET hour will be the new home of CNN’s original series, CNN Films and the network's in-house produced documentaries like Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Weed and Anderson Cooper’s The Survivor Diaries. That marks a change for the time slot from its previous focus of talk; Piers Morgan's talk show ran in the hour before its recent cancellation.
At 10 p.m. ET CNN will debut a one-hour news program called CNN Tonight, a live hour of the day’s biggest stories, with rotating hosts anchoring the program.
"The best journalism is, at its core, great storytelling," CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said. "We are so pleased to welcome some of the finest storytellers in the business to CNN, to join the award-winning team of world-class journalists and storytellers who have made CNN the home to this kind of quality programming for more than 30 years. The seamless integration of original series and live news coverage, which has been on display the last two months, is the foundation of our new primetime lineup."
The new series are:
-- Somebody’s Gotta Do It, which finds Rowe (Dirty Jobs) visiting unique individuals and joining them in their respective undertakings, paying tribute to innovators, do-gooders, entrepreneurs, collectors and fanatics. This show is "about passion, purpose, and occasionally, hobbies that get a little out of hand." (Produced by Pilgrim Studios)
-- Ling's (Our America With Lisa Ling) new documentary series finds her traveling to "far corners of America, immersing herself in subcultures that are unusual, bizarre and sometimes dangerous." Each episode examines an alternative sect of everyday life and aims to provide viewers with an inside look at some of America’s most unconventional segments of society. (Produced by part2pictures)
-- The Hunt With John Walsh, a documentary-style, nonfiction program hosted by Walsh (America's Most Wanted) will tell stories of ongoing international criminal investigations in which the suspect is a fugitive at large. It will feature interviews with victims, loved ones and law enforcement and the exploration of new leads as it provides the viewing public with information to aid in the fugitive’s apprehension. (Produced by Zero Point Zero Productions)
-- The Jesus Code, which explores the evidence of Jesus’ existence by questioning the authenticity of sacred relics using forensics, biblical archeology and a look at forgery in history. (Produced by Nutopia Productions)
Meanwhile, CNN also said The Sixties, the 10-part original series from Playtone and producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, will debut in May.
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown has been picked up for an additional four cycles in 2015 and 2016, while Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man has been renewed for another cycle in 2015.
CNN has also entered into a development deal with the producers of Chicagoland to tell the story of another American city.
All of the original series, plus a weekly documentary from CNN’s in-house documentary unit, will air at 9 p.m. ET beginning this summer.