(Above: Mike Rowe, Lisa Ling and John Walsh for CNN Original Series / Photo Source)
At its upfront presentation to advertisers and reporters today, CNN announced a new primetime lineup that continues to build on the network’s strategy of offering both live, breaking news programming as well as quality original series, CNN Films and in-house documentaries.
As part of the announcement, the network is bringing Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) back to series television, in a new program called Somebody’s Gotta Do It. In addition, proven television personalities John Walsh (America’s Most Wanted) and Lisa Ling (Our America with Lisa Ling) will also join CNN, with their own new original series. CNN will also premiere The Jesus Code, which will take viewers on a forensic and archeological journey through the Bible. And CNN announced that the 10-part original series The Sixties, from Playtone and acclaimed producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, will premiere in late May. The network also announced that its Peabody and Emmy award-winning hit Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown has been picked up for an additional four cycles in 2015 and 2016, and its critically acclaimed series 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 great American city.
All of those original series, plus a weekly documentary from CNN’s in-house documentary unit, will air at 9 p.m. ET beginning this summer.
See the video below and learn more at CNN.com.