CNN Greenlights ‘The Nineties’ and Series on Comedy, Music

CNN is working its way through the end of last century,

The Time Warner-owned cable-news network announced its intention to continue its documentary-style looks at popular culture in ten-year increments by adding “The Nineties” to its recent series on “The Sixties,” “The Seventies” and “The Eighties.” Executive produced by  producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman in association with HBO and producer Mark Herzog, the eight-part series will examine milestones from the 1990s, including the rise of the Internet and the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

The series is one of many the network has developed under the aegis of Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, and Amy Entelis, the network’s executive vice president for talent and content. Over the last four years, CNN has acquired or produced more than 300 hours of original programming, part of an effort to develop something to draw broad audiences at times when breaking news was not on the front burner. The series have helped CNN draw wider viewership and a broader range of advertisers.

CNN said it had also greenlit “Soundtracks: Songs That Made History” and “The History of Comedy.” Both are eight-episode series.

“Soundtracks” will explore the music tied to iconic moments in history – tragedies, triumphs or the starts of movements – and examine the music associated with the event. The series is  executive-produced by Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, and Brian Gewirtz, and is produced by Show of Force and Seven Bucks Productions. “Comedy” is  executive produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner and Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen . Episodes will explore what makes people laugh, and  will dig  into topics like political humor and slapstick, using archival footage, original comedic material, and interviews with comedy legends and luminaries.

CNN said its 2017 slate will also feature new seasons of  “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” “This is Life With Lisa Ling,” “The Hunt with John Walsh,” “Death Row Stories,” “The Wonder List with Bill Weir” and “Finding Jesus.”

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