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CNN adds a Morgan Spurlock (’Super Size Me’) series ‘Inside Man’

MORGAN-SPURLOCK_240Atlanta-based CNN has added a second “non-fiction” series to its weekend lineup led by documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, best known for his Oscar-nominated 2004 film “Super Size Me,” featuring Spurlock consuming McDonald’s meals for 30 straight days.

Called “Inside Man,” the series will debut in April 2013 alongside the previously announced series starring foodie and international traveler Anthony Bourdain.

“They were the place that said we could do smart, challenging television,” Spurlock said in an interview today. “We talked to a lot of other networks trying to do the show. Everyone wanted to dumb it down a bit. When we started having a conversation with CNN, they said, ‘This is exactly the type of stuff we wanted to make.’ ”

CNN this spring said it had decided to work with outside production companies, the same ones that create shows for the History Channel, NatGeo and A&E, in an effort to develop appointment TV series during the weekends. MSNBC already does so with its ‘Lockup” series.

According to the press release, Spurlock “will provide an insider’s view into rarely-seen sectors of American life that include gun lovers, marijuana growers, migrant farm workers, and end-of-life caregivers.”

He said he wants to address pressing topics but enable the series to be “evergreen” at the same time. He cited immigration, healthcare, guns and the economy. He also plans to be involved on camera in all eight initial episodes.

Since “Super Size Me,” Spurlock, 41,  has remained super busy. He hosted an FX series “30 Days” from 2005 to 2008. He spent 30 days living on minimum wage, in prison and working in coal mines, among other pursuits but did not appear in every show. In 2011, he released a film about product placement, “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” which was ironically financed via product placement.

He has served as executive producer of the documentary series “A Day in the Life” on Hulu and a Yahoo spinoff of the feature-length documentary “Mansome.”  He’s also directed “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope” and “The Dotted Line” for ESPN.

Spurlock said he can’t wait to meet up with Bourdain. “I will gladly let him pick the restaurant,” he said.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

7 comments Add your comment

logic

August 23rd, 2012
11:51 am

super size me was the dumbest concept for a movie ever, if you eat 5,000 calories a day of anything and aren’t active, you’re bound to gain weight and get sick, the only thing compelling in that “documentary” was the part where it showed that mcdonald’s fried don’t spoil, other than that it was a terrible movie and spurlock is a one hit wonder

Illogical

August 23rd, 2012
1:46 pm

So I guess you’re overweight and in denial then. He ate McDonalds to prove a point and used some good experimenal methods. At the time there were many Americans who were eating McDonalds all day everyday. So he did that while getting precisely the amount of exercise that the average American gets every day. I believe his experiment was an overwhelming success and caused many people to think more about what they eat.

NotMe

August 23rd, 2012
2:44 pm

Loved Morgan Spurlock “Super Size Me” and especially the “30 Days” series, which I think would benefit a lot of people in Atlanta to see. Look forward to his new program.

Highlander

August 24th, 2012
6:53 am

“They were the place that said we could do smart, challenging television want to make,” Spurlock said in an interview today.

Smart, huh??? Try putting together a sentence that makes sense! What a pretentious twit!

Highlander

August 24th, 2012
7:12 am

“So I guess you’re overweight and in denial then. He ate McDonalds to prove a point and used some good experimenal methods. At the time there were many Americans who were eating McDonalds all day everyday.” – Illogical, 8/23, 1:46pm

And maybe we can guess that you were educated in the Atlanta Public School system since your “rebuttal” to logic’s 11:51am post didn’t address the facts in his/her comments. If you take in 5,000 calories per day with minimal exercise, you will gain weight and most likely make yourself sick.

And I’m sure any program that Spurlock does on American gun-lovers will be fair and balanced, too. …Dammit, where’s that sarcasm emoticon when you really need it?!

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