CNN announced a new prime-time lineup Thursday that includes Jesus, reality stars, and maybe even a little news.
Most provocatively, the network announced at its upfront presentation to advertisers in New York City, The Jesus Code, a series which promises to take viewers on a “forensic and archaeological journey through the Bible” (cue jokes about CNN looking for a ratings miracle). Religious-themed programming has been considered hot since History stunned the industry with its ratings-shattering The Bible miniseries last year. 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 is also bringing Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe back to cable TV with Somebody’s Gotta Do It, profiling “innovators, do-gooders, entrepreneurs, collectors and fanatics.” Another cross-country docu-series, not yet named, has Lisa Ling “immersing herself in sub-cultures that are unusual, bizarre and sometimes dangerous.” The network has also ordered The Hunt with John Walsh, which promises to “tell stories of ongoing international criminal investigations in which the suspect is a fugitive at large.” READ FULL STORY