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Has CNN Found Its ‘Lockup?’

cnnlogoAs CNN looks to create more documentary-style programming, the network has announced it is teaming up with documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney and actor/director Robert Redford for “Death Row Stories.”

Each episode of the eight-part series will tell the story of a different capital murder case. CNN says the stories include “twists and turns worthy of a crime thriller.” The series, which debuts in March, will be narrated by actress Susan Sarandon.

“The series provides stark examples of the struggle between the powerful and the powerless,” says Gibney. “The stakes – life or death – couldn’t be higher.”

“We are thrilled to collaborate with this award-winning team of filmmakers on such a powerful and thought-provoking series,” says CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker.

This is the second partnership between CNN and Redford’s Sundance Productions. CNN is also in partnership with Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions on a movie for CNN Films.

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The Ticker: Katie Guests, Zahn Ratings, CNN Beirut

  • Investigation Discovery’s “On The Case With Paula Zahn” may be in its sixth season, but it isn’t slowing down in the ratings. Sunday’s episode drew a series best 1.11 household rating, and 1.088 million viewers. it has already been green-lit for a seventh season to debut later this year.
  • CNN is adding to its Beirut bureau. Correspondent Mohammed Jamjoom and shooter/producer Raja Razek will be joining the bureau. “Given the daily demands of the news from the region, CNN will be even better poised to cover the stories that need to be told,” senior VP Parisa Khosravi wrote in a note to staff.

Anderson Cooper, Dr. Death, and Snacks

Cooper_4.12.jpgTomorrow night on AC360, Anderson Cooper interviews Dr. Jack Kevorkian in a rare (but not his first, if you’ve read that somewhere else) interview since being released from prison nearly three years ago.

TVNewser has also learned that on Friday afternoon, “Dr. Death” will participate in a panel discussion for invited guests in the 10th floor conference center at Time Warner Center. That event will be moderated by Cooper.

The invitation points out that “Sandwiches and snacks” will be served at 1pm, followed by a welcome from CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein at 2pm, then the conversation and “audience Q&A.”

As for tomorrow night’s show with Kevorkian, who’s participated in as many as 130 assisted suicides, actors Susan Sarandon and John Goodman and “You Don’t Know Jack” director Barry Levinson will participate.