Upfronts ’14: Rowe, Ling join CNN’s primetime line-up

The U.S. cable network has greenlit series starring Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe (pictured), journalist Lisa Ling and America's Most Wanted creator John Walsh.
April 10, 2014

CNN is adding series starring Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe (pictured), journalist Lisa Ling and America’s Most Wanted creator John Walsh to its primetime line-up.

The U.S. cable network has also renewed Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown for 2015 and 2016 and Morgan Spurlock Inside Man for 2015.

The programs will air at 9 p.m. EST, the new slot for CNN’s original series, CNN Films documentaries and in-house-produced docs featuring reporters such as Sanjay Gupta and Anderson Cooper.

Rowe will appear in Somebody’s Gotta Do It, a Pilgrim Studios-produced show in which he visits American workers, or “innovators, do-gooders, entrepreneurs, collectors, fanatics – people who simply have to do it,” CNN said in a statement.

Ling, who recently spent four seasons as host of the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network series Our America with Lisa Ling, will host a Part2Part Pictures-produced documentary series about unusual and bizarre subcultures across the United States.

In The Hunt with John Walsh, the America’s Most Wanted creator and host will delve into ongoing criminal investigations in which the suspect is a fugitive at large. The series is produced  by Zero Point Zero Productions, the company behind Parts Unknown.

Rounding out CNN’s slate of original series is The Jesus Code from Nutopia Productions. Using forensics, biblical archeology and forgery, the series will explore evidence of Jesus Christ’s existence.

Meanwhile, previously announced 10-part miniseries The Sixties from executive producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will begin airing in May. The network has also entered into a development deal with the producers of Chicagoland to produce a documentary series about another American city.

CNN’s primetime schedule also includes the new Erin Burnett Outfront at 7 p.m. ET and Anderson Cooper 360 at 8 p.m. EST. During the 10 p.m. EST slot, the channel will premiere the live, one-hour news program CNN Tonight, a recap of the day’s big stories.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.