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CNN Orders Three New Series for 2017

News Net Picks Up 'Soundtracks: Songs That Made History,' 'The History of Comedy' and 'The Nineties'

CNN has confirmed three new non-scripted series in addition to the previously announced “Believer with Reza Aslan.” They are “Soundtracks: Songs That Made History” (working title), “The History of Comedy” and “The Nineties.”

In addition, CNN has ordered news seasons of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” “This is Life with Lisa Ling,” “The Hunt with John Walsh,” “Finding Jesus, “ Death Row Stories” and “The Wonder List with Bill Weir”

What follows are the descriptions of the three series:

“Soundtracks: Songs That Made History”
(working title)
An eight-part series executive-produced by Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, and Brian Gewirtz that will explore the music tied to iconic moments in history. Every episode will cover a tragedy, triumph, or the start of a movement – and the music that came to define it. From the March on Washington to the riots at Stonewall, the moon landing to Hurricane Katrina – music has played an integral part in celebrating, criticizing, and amplifying these seismic events in our collective history. Soundtracks is produced by Show of Force and Seven Bucks Productions.

“The History of Comedy”
An eight-part series executive produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner (Hazy Mills) and Emmy Award winners Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen (Herzog & Company). Episodes will explore what makes people laugh – from the Ancient Greeks, to Shakespeare, Vaudeville, to the biggest contemporary comedians, movies and TV shows. The series will dig deep into topics like political humor and slapstick, featuring the voices that have made us laugh over the generations. Using archival footage, original comedic material, interviews with comedy legends and luminaries, the series will showcase how the art form has evolved over the years.

“The Nineties”
“The Nineties” follows in the footsteps of previous CNN decade series The Sixties, The Seventies, and The Eighties. Executive produced by Emmy Award-winning producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman in association with HBO and Emmy Award-winning producer Mark Herzog, the eight-part series will highlight cultural and political milestones from the birth of the Internet to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment that defined the decade.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. In 2018 they will have the decade of 2000’s. Music doc sounds good may watch comedy if there is nothing else on.