9:39am PT by Michael O'Connell
CNN Orders More Bourdain, Rowe and Ling
CNN is staying the course with three of its most successful original series. The cable news network has handed out renewals for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Somebody’s Gotta Do it With Mike Rowe and This Is Life With Lisa Ling.
Announced by CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker on Thursday, none of the pickups comes as much of a surprise. Bourdain has become the face of the network since his departure from the Travel Channel. And Parts Unknown's 2015 return will mark its sixth season on CNN.
Ling and Rowe's series have also been ratings successes in their freshman seasons. Both shows having premiered in recent months, Rowe in particular got a huge launch in its Wednesday time slot.
This Is Life is produced by Part2 Pictures, Somebody’s Gotta Do It is produced by Pilgrim Studios and Parts Unknown is produced by Bourdain's Zero Point Zero Productions.
CNN's orders follow a recent addition to its original slate: marijuana doc series High Profits.