CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker is finally making his long-anticipated mark on the network's prime-time lineup. Ahead of its upfront presentation on Thursday, CNN announced it will air original series and documentaries in the 9 p.m. hour, which has been occupied by Jake Tapper and other anchors since Piers Morgan's show ended last month.
That makes good on promises by Mr. Zucker to shake up CNN prime-time, introducing more pre-taped unscripted and documentary shows where talking heads once ruled.
The cable network's new series and documentaries include Mike Rowe's "Somebody's Gotta Do It," about unusual innovators, fanatics and so on; "The Hunt with John Walsh," in which the former host of "America's Most Wanted" covers international hunts for criminals still on the run; a documentary series from Lisa Ling that explores alternative sects and subcultures; and "The Jesus Code," a look at the Bible using forensics and archeology.
"The Sixties," from Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, will also premiere in late May.
Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown" has been picked up for four more batches of episodes in 2015 and 2016, while "Morgan Spurlock Inside Man" has been renewed for another season in 2015.
Both Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper will remain in the 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. time slots they currently occupy.
At 10 p.m., CNN will debut a one-hour news program called "CNN Tonight," a live hour of the day's biggest programming that will be anchored by rotating hosts.