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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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