CNN Goes to the Windy City in 'Chicagoland' Docu-Series

Cable News Network Seeking Viewers When News Isn't Breaking

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CNN has approved a new documentary series, "Chicagoland," which is slated to debut in 2014 and produced by Robert Redford, the network said today.

The eight-part series will focus on "where politics and policy meet real people's lives," giving an inside look into Chicago's political leaders and residents as they work to improve public safety and education system.

The series is another move by CNN's new President Jeff Zucker, as he looks to revamp the struggling cable news network.

Mr. Zucker, who said news is more than just "politics and war" when he was hired late last year, has been expanding CNN's programming into lifestyle categories. Anthony Bourdain's weekend travel series, "Parts Unknown," premiered on April 14 and has been renewed for a second season.

Mr. Zucker is also shaking up mornings with "New Day," which will premiere on June 10 and hosted by Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan.

CNN saw a ratings boost in April with its extended coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, averaging 918,000 total viewers in prime time up 81% from the same time last year. But Fox News still beat CNN, averaging 2 million viewers for the month. MSNBC fell to third with 682,000 viewers, a 10% decrease from April 2012.

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