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The series will start with a 90-minute special, The Assassination of JFK (1963), which will air on CNN in November, timed to the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death. That episode will explore the key conclusions of the Warren Commission, as well as the impact of the assassination on the U.S. and American politics. The series will resume in April 2014 with episodes about drugs, “free love” and the music and technology of the decade.
“From protests to war, to human rights, the Beatles, innovative technologies, and politics, the 1960s were an extraordinary era of consequential cultural and global change,” CNN president Jeff Zucker said in a statement. “We are so pleased to partner with Tom, Gary, and HCO to bring this very special series to our audience. Projects like this are emblematic of exactly the type of programming that we need more of, signifying a new direction and expanded sensibility at CNN.”
The series will use archival newsreel footage, personal movies and interviews with eyewitnesses to history, historians like David McCullough and public figures like Dan Rather to explore key moments of the era.
Hanks and his Playtone partner Gary Goetzman will serve as executive producers, as will Herzog & Company’s Mark Herzog.
Hanks’ Playtone also is producing another project about JFK’s assassination, the independent film Parkland, which is set to hit theaters on Oct. 4.
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