CBS’ ’48 Hours’ Acquires Documentary Set To Air Opposite Olympics

Newsmagazine finds project from one of its own producers, will give it two-hour berth on Saturday, Feb. 15

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CBS News’ “48 Hours” has acquired a documentary from one of its own producers and will air it on a Saturday around the time of the broadcast of NBC Sports’ broadcast of the Olympics from Sochi, Russia in February.

“The Whole Gritty City” will be broadcast as a two-hour primetime special on Saturday, February 15, at 9 p.m eastern, the network said. The documentary follows  three New Orleans marching bands, whose directors not only prepare students for marching in Mardi Gras parades, but also against the dangers of the streets in the city in which they live.

“The Whole Gritty City” was shot in New Orleans between 2007 and 2010, and was produced by Richard Barber, a “48 Hours” editor-producer, and Andre Lambertson, a cinematographer and photojournalist who has taken an interest in spotlighting children dealing with poverty and violence.

Acquisition of the documentary is not a signal CBS News may be in the market for more such projects, according to a person familiar with the program. Barber’s project simply came to the attention of “48 Hours” producers, who took an interest in it.