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CNN, HLN set “Diana”, “Murder Nation” as part of 2020-21 originals series slate

CNN and true crime sister network HLN have slated a lineup of original series for 2020 and 2021. Adding to CNN’s portfolio of premium non-fiction content, the Warner Media-owned pay-TV channel will debut ...
June 25, 2020

CNN and true crime sister network HLN have slated a lineup of original series for 2020 and 2021.

Adding to CNN’s portfolio of premium non-fiction content, the Warner Media-owned pay-TV channel will debut two new original series for 2020.

Previously-announced titles include The Story of Late Night, airing this summer; First Ladies, premiering in the fall; Searching for Italy with Stanley Tucci, slated for 2021; and Lincoln: An American President (working title), also scheduled to broadcast in 2021.

CNN will air the October Films-produced six-parter Diana in 2021. The docuseries reveals how the late Diana, Princess of Wales — a “fashion icon, humanitarian, hopeless romantic, aristocratic rebel and dedicated mother” — rejected the status quo and influenced the world.

The eight-part series History of Sitcom from Cream Productions will explore memorable moments and characters in television; while Jersualem (w/t), produced by eOne-owned Blackfin, is a six-part series that tells the story of the city through six conflict and rivalries. Both series will premiere in 2021.

CNN has also slated the Raw TV-produced four-part series Reframed: The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe (w/t), which explores the life and legacy of the late American actress; and The Woman Who Took Down The KKK (w/t), a four-part series from Blumhouse Pictures that tells the story of a Black woman in the south who “brought down the Ku Klux Klan,” for 2021.

Finally, HLN will premiere Murder Nation (w/t) in 2021.

Each four-episode season of Murder Nation (w/t) will delve into “mysterious and iconic” murder cases from specific U.S. cities in states such as California, Louisiana and Alasksa. The series is produced for HLN by Glass Entertainment Group.

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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 HMV.com. 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.

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