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Upfronts ’22: CNN slates new projects from Raw, Left/Right, SpringHill

As part of the upfront presentation for parent company Warner Bros. Discovery, CNN has unveiled several non-fiction series making their way to the cable net over the course of the ...
May 18, 2022

As part of the upfront presentation for parent company Warner Bros. Discovery, CNN has unveiled several non-fiction series making their way to the cable net over the course of the year ahead.

UK-headquartered Raw TV, who will be bringing a new season of Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy to the network this fall, is also behind the new series Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico (pictured). As with the Tucci series, the new program sees Longoria exploring a territory through its cuisine — in this case, the many vibrant regions of Mexico.

The series was originally slated for CNN+, but is shifting to the linear network following the shuttering of the short-lived streaming service.

Also on tap for 2022-23 is See It Loud: The History of Black Television from The SpringHill Company. The five-part docuseries will explore the achievements of Black actors and creators, while examining the historical impact Black culture has had, and continues to have, on all culture. LeBron James and Maverick Carter will serve as executive producers for The SpringHill Company. Showrunner Jodi Gomes will also executive produce alongside Jamal Henderson and Philip Byron with co-executive producer Courtney Whitaker.

The 2010s, a new installment of CNN’s docuseries on various decades, will take a deep dive into the decade that brought us Instagram, President Barack Obama, marriage equality, Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and Trumpism, among other things. The series is executive produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman for Playtone and Mark Herzog for Herzog & Co.

In addition to the series, a new doc project from CNN Films was also revealed. Produced by Left/Right and directed by Salima Koroma (Dreamland: The Burning of Black Wall Street), HQ Trivia will examine the mobile game show that drew millions of daily users at its peak, well before Wordle became a viral mobile game sensation. The doc explores the dizzying ascent of the game and the startup firm behind it, in addition to the “drama, destruction and dysfunction” that went on behind the scenes. The film will make its debut in 2023.

(Photo: Ramona Rosales / CNN)

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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