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Exclusive: CNN picks up “First Ladies” docuseries from October Films

American cable network CNN has commissioned a six-part docuseries about the lives of America’s First Ladies from London-based television producer October Films. The series, tentatively titled First Ladies, will explore how each ...
August 21, 2018

American cable network CNN has commissioned a six-part docuseries about the lives of America’s First Ladies from London-based television producer October Films.

The series, tentatively titled First Ladies, will explore how each First Lady was transformed by the role, using interviews, archival footage and recreations to uncover the often hidden, pivotal moments in each woman’s tenure. Among the First Ladies profiled will be Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama.

Each one-hour episode will seek to establish how each woman handled the role of First Lady and how it changed them in turn.

First Ladies joins other CNN docuseries with political leanings like Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History, looking at the power held by popes through the ages, and American Dynasties: The Kennedys, about the role of the Kennedys in shaping national and global events from the Cold War to the present day.

The CNN Original Series is executive produced by October’s creative director Matt Robins (pictured) and Chris Muckle, head of factual, U.S. Jane Manning, director of production and operations, will oversee production.

First Ladies is set to air in 2020 on CNN.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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