January 20, 2022
CNN announces the entirety of the CNN Original Series will be broadcast on the cable network in 2022
The Emmy Award winner Stanley Tucci: In Search of Italy Debut with new episodes Sunday, March 13 at 9pm ET/PT on CNN
NEW YORK (January 20, 2022) – CNN today announced its full lineup of new and returning CNN original series, set to premiere on the cable network in 2022. The new CNN original series includes LBJ: Triumph and Tragedy, Nomad with Carlton McCoy, Patagonia: Life on the Edge of the World, The last witness: Watergate (wt), and UFO (wt.).
2021 Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Program, Stanley Tucci: In Search of Italy, will return for a second season on Sunday, March 13 at 9 p.m. on CNN. In addition, the Emmy Award-winning series, United Shades of America with W Kamau Bell, will return this spring for its seventh season and the ninth season of That’s life with Lisa Ling will return this fall.
“CNN’s original series has set CNN apart from all of its nonfiction competitors for nearly a decade,” said Jeff Zucker, chairman of WarnerMedia News and sports & president of CNN Worldwide. “And this year, CNN will present its most dynamic programming yet, complete with historical, lifestyle, travel and personality series, all helmed by the incomparable Stanley Tucci. We can’t wait for the audience to devour it all.”
“In our tenth year of the CNN Original Series, we’re excited to bring our CNN viewers new talent, new storytelling genres and new seasons of audience favorites,” said Amy Entelis, EVP, Talent & Content Development, CNN Worldwide. “Smart and fun projects remain the sweet spot for CNN Original Series programming, and we believe this year’s dynamic roster will deliver.”
The 2022 CNN Original Series includes:
LBJ: Triumph and Tragedy — A new four-part series from CNN Original Series and Bat Bridge Entertainment offers a compelling look at one of the most momentous and enigmatic presidents in American history: Lyndon Baines Johnson. As a master of the political process, he is responsible for passing some of the most significant laws in modern history. But while he reshaped America’s social fabric, he also escalated a war that would tear the country at its seams. With dramatic first-hand accounts from the last surviving members of LBJ’s inner circle, never-before-seen archive footage and LBJ’s own voice from clandestinely recorded tapes, Emmy Award-winning director Pat Kondelis crafts an intimate portrait of a greater-than-life figure, the left a complicated and polarizing legacy. In recognition of the annual Presidential Holiday LBJ: Triumph and Tragedy Premieres on two consecutive nights with back-to-back episodes on Sunday, February 20 at 9:00 p.m. ET and Monday, February 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET on CNN.
Stanley Tucci: In Search of Italy – In the second season of this critically acclaimed series, Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actor Stanley Tucci indulges his passion for Italian cuisine as he explores the stories and people behind the world’s most beloved cuisine. From the hearty, traditional dishes of Umbria to the unique cuisine of Venice, Tucci continues his journey to understand the culture and history of Italy through his food. The second season, produced by RAW, will premiere in two parts in 2022. The first episode of Stanley Tucci: In Search of Italy Premieres Sunday, March 13 at 9pm ET/PT on CNN. The second half of the season will premiere on CNN this fall.
nomad with Carlton McCoy — Carlton McCoy is exploring. Join the classically trained chef, master sommelier and arbiter of cool on his quest for the places where food, music, art and culture meet. From the bustling streets of Seoul to the river towns along the Mississippi River, this six-part documentary series follows what it means to be authentic, celebrating the similarities and differences around the world to shed light on the universal threads that connect us all. Sometimes deeply personal, McCoy uncovers the wellspring of new ideas, talent and creations that have sprung up in some of the world’s most iconic destinations. Produced by Zero Point Zero Production, Nomad with Carlton McCoy Premieres Sunday, March 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.
Patagonia: Life on the Edge of the World — Produced by Plimsoll Productions, Patagonia: Life on the Edge world explores the wonders of one of the last untouched places on earth, the distant land of Patagonia in South America. Narrated by Chilean-born actor Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian, game of Thrones) this captivating six-part series depicts Patagonia’s diverse and spectacular landscapes, traveling along the coast from windswept deserts to pristine fjordscapes, from deep within its magical, ancient forests to the soaring peaks of the Andes. Using state-of-the-art technology and the help of local experts, we tell the compelling stories of wildlife and the people who have evolved to inhabit Patagonia’s diverse lands. Filmed over a dramatic year, this captivating series reveals what it takes to survive at the end of the world. This is Patagonia as you’ve never seen it. Patagonia: Life on the Edge of the World Premiered this spring on CNN.
United Shades of America with W Kamau Bell – The Emmy Award-winning documentary series returns with comedian and political provocateur W. Kamau Bell as he explores communities across America to understand the unique challenges they face. With Bell’s signature blend of empathy and humor, season seven tackles issues ranging from African American communities in the Appalachian Mountains to mental health in sports and the devastating California wildfires. Produced by Zero Point Zero Production, United Shades of America with W Kamau Bell Premiered this spring on CNN.
The last witness: Watergate (wt)— On the 50th anniversary of the infamous break-in that started it all, CNN Original Series and Herzog & Co put John Dean back on the witness stand. Through insightful interviews, the former White House Counsel divulges more than he ever could under oath and sheds new light on back-channeling, resigning and the underhanded. Over the course of this four-part series, Dean will deal with his own involvement in the biggest presidential scandal of the 20th century. The Last Witness: Watergate (wt) Premieres on CNN in late spring 2022.
UFO (wt) — UFO’s (wt) reveals the secret story behind the decades-long US government investigation into the existence of unidentified aerial phenomena. From the creators of the hit series survive death, this provocative five-part series examines what the government told the public versus what went on in the shadows; how citizens investigated cases and demanded more transparency; and what the future holds for this mystery now officially under investigation by the US government. UFO’s (wt) Premieres this summer on CNN.
That’s life with Lisa Ling — That’s life with Lisa Ling, Produced by Part2 Pictures, award-winning journalist and author Lisa Ling documents her journeys across America to communities that are often unknown or misunderstood. The ninth season of this critically acclaimed documentary series will explore intriguing themes ranging from love and sex to faith and addiction. That’s life with Lisa Ling Premieres this fall on CNN.
About the CNN Original Series
The CNN Original Series group develops unscripted programming for television through commissions, acquisitions and original productions. Amy Entelis, Executive Vice President of Talent and Content Development, leads CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide. Lyle Gamm, senior vice president of current programming, oversees the production of all CNN original series. Since 2012, the team has produced over 40 CNN original series, including the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning ones Anthony Bourdain parts unknown, Emmy-winning United Shades of America with W Kamau Bell, and critically acclaimed series including That’s life with Lisa Ling, First Ladies, Stanley Tucci: In Search of Italy, the series “decades”, American Dynasties: The Kennedys, The Windsors: In the Royal Dynasty, The History of Comedy, Race for the White House, and many others. For more information about CNN Original Series, please follow @CNNOriginals on Twitter and become a member Watch out, our exclusive members-only community that allows fans to stay connected with their favorite CNN series and movies https://cnn.it/3qOXGNz .
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