CNN Readies ‘The Eighties’ For 2016 Launch

CNN will examine covert U.S. operations and add to its examinations of America’s popular culture by decade in two new original documentary series slated to launch in 2016.

The Time Warner-owned outlet said it would launch “Declassified,” an eight-part series that will be hosted by former U.S. congressman Mike Rogers, the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Each episode will focus on a newly declassified mission told firsthand by the agents involved in it. Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Stephen Lambert and Mike Rogers serve as executive producers on the series.

CNN will also examine “The Eighties,” a series in which each hourlong episode looks at the events and individuals that helped shape the decade. Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are producers, in association with HBO and Mark Herzog.

The network unveiled the new series as part of a presentation for TV’s annual upfront market made by Time Warner unit Turner, in which CNN and sister HLN are housed. CNN has placed more emphasis on original nonfiction programming for slots in its primetime schedule.

CNN said it picked up a second season of “The Wonder List With Bill Weir” and a third season of “This Is Life With Lisa Ling.”

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