Atlanta-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.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk