CNN Announces Morgan Replacement: Food Shows, 'The Jesus Code,' Tom Hanks-Produced Documentaries

On Thursday, CNN announced its replacement for ousted host Piers Morgan: a smattering of hourlong documentaries, breaking news programs, and original series. This hodgepodge programming schedule will include:

  • Somebody’s Gotta Do It: Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs joins CNN to talk about work in America. CNN reports, “This show is about passion, purpose, and occasionally, hobbies that get a little out of hand.”
  • John Walsh of America’s Most Wanted and Lisa Ling of Our America with Lisa Ling will be joining CNN.
  • The Jesus Code, documenting archeological and forensic evidence about the Bible. “Bringing the most compelling artifacts together for the first time, The Jesus Code will take viewers on a thrilling high-stakes journey through forensics, biblical archeology and forgery in history, exploring the evidence of Jesus’ existence by questioning the authenticity of sacred relics,” CNN crows.
  • Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will be producing a ten-part series called The Sixties.
  • Anthony Bourdain’s Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown will be broadcast for four cycles in 2015 and 2015.
  • Morgan Spurlock will be renewed in Morgan Spurlock Inside Man.
  • Chicagoland producers will be developing a documentary series about another major American city.

Jeff Zucker announced, “The best journalism is, at its core, great storytelling. We are so pleased to welcome some of the finest storytellers in the business to CNN, to join the award-winning team of world class journalists and storytellers who have made CNN the home to this kind of quality programming for more than 30 years. The seamless integration of original series and live news coverage, which has been on display the last two months, is the foundation of our new primetime lineup.”

In other words, no more news. CNN added, “The 9pm, ET hour will be the new home of CNN’s Original Series, CNN Films and the network’s in-house produced documentaries like Dr Sanjay Gupta’s Weed and Anderson’s Cooper’s The Survivor Diaries.”