ABC Owned Television Stations has produced an exclusive docuseries on former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich that is set to premiere via Hulu on Nov. 5.
Being Blago is a four-part series about the former governor’s life after prison, and draws from more than 100 hours of archival footage and four months of exclusive access to Blagojevich’s daily life. The series will cover whether Blagojevich plans to re-enter politics, as well as his search for redemption after being released.
“While the story of Rod Blagojevich has local appeal in Chicago, the overall journey, including his downfall and release from prison, has broad national appeal,” said Justin Allen, Being Blago‘s co-executive producer and director, and senior coordinating producer of content development at ABC Owned Television Stations, in a news release.
Blagojevich was a twice-elected governor in Illinois, governing from 2002 to 2009. But he was charged with conspiring to sell Barack Obama’s senate seat when he became president. Blagojevich was impeached and later sentenced to 14 years. In 2020, his 14-year sentence was commuted by then-president Donald Trump, and he was released from federal prison.
The series is directed and executive produced by Justin Allen and Matt Knutson, with Barb Markoff serving as senior producer.
Most of the archival footage used in the series is from 20 years of coverage from ABC-owned WLS-TV Chicago, following Blagojevich’s career and downfall.
“WLS is no stranger to Rod and has long covered his journey,” Knutson said in a release. “However, Being Blago is not a news story. It’s a very raw look at a man trying to amend his past and forge a new, meaningful and untarnished legacy.”