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CNN adds HBO documentaries to weekend mix

George H.W. Bush speaks candidly about his life in the HBO documentary "41," which will air on CNN Saturday night. CREDIT: HBO

George H.W. Bush speaks candidly about his life in the HBO documentary "41," which will air on CNN Saturday night. CREDIT: HBO

CNN will begin airing more HBO documentaries as a way to bolster its weekend programming. On Saturday, Sept.1,  it will start with “41,” which features an interview with Pres. George H.W. Bush at Kennebunkport, Maine and aired on HBO in June.

The next day, CNN will air “Teddy: In His Own Words,” a 2009 documentary about the late Ted Kennedy.

HBO and CNN are both part of the Time Warner family so this is one strong brand helping a troubled one. CNN, whose ratings have flagged of late, is aggressively seeking more interesting weekend programming, adding Anthony Bourdain and Morgan Spurlock to its mix starting next year.

According to the New York Times, CNN has dipped into HBO’s trove of documentaries and sports programming before, with “Citizen USA,” about new American citizens, and “Triangle: Remembering the Fire,” about the fatal 1911 fire at the Triangle Waist Company in New York City.

Mark Whitaker, executive vice president of CNN Worldwide, told the New York Times that HBO is willing to relinquish its documentaries because, unlike its scripted series such as  “Game of Thrones” or “True Blood,” they are made for prestige, not ratings or as a massive magnet in subscribers.

“I think their view is that they’ve already made the investment and the filmmakers have made the investment and they’d like to see the work get more exposure,” Mr. Whitaker said.

Here’s the over-arching, big-picture CNN story I wrote over the weekend.

On TV

“41″
8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, CNN

“Teddy: In His Own Words”
8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, CNN

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

14 comments Add your comment

Cindy Lou Who

August 27th, 2012
11:38 am

Great idea CNN!

Will Jones

August 27th, 2012
11:55 am

Wonder if the “41″ “documentary” bothers including the fact that he, with his father’s protege, Nixon, oversaw the CIA’s confessed (Viz. E. Howard Hunt’s legally probative deathbed confession) and jury-determined (Viz. ‘Hunt v. Marchetti’) assassination of President Kennedy to send 58,000 of us to die shedding the blood of millions of innocent Asians, and to restore Rockefeller/Rothschild’s illegal Fed money scam JFK’s EO11,110 had righteously ended?

TG

August 27th, 2012
12:03 pm

Good. Anything preferable to that Soledad O’brien’s abysmal, exploitive “Black in America” type documentaries. May she never–EVER–be entrusted with that kind of project EVER again.

Harvey D. Pooka

August 27th, 2012
12:34 pm

Once again, CNN is showing the public just how low they have fallen. Ad they wonder wh ratings and earning have declined?! They have no clue. It is time (or w past time t get back to the news format and presentation that Mr. Turner envisioned.

Rashaun

August 27th, 2012
12:53 pm

I’m a CNN fan so I really hope the documentary idea works out.

If it doesn’t then they might want to try…don’t laugh…wrestling. WWE would relish another cable outlet and CNN could even do occasional celebrity matches. Admit it, wouldn’t you tune in to watch a Piers Morgan/Anderson Cooper vs. Big Show/John Cena tag team ladder match.

Dave in Marietta

August 27th, 2012
12:54 pm

Harvey there’s nothing inherently wrong with CNN’s format. It’s pretty much the same format that the other 24 hour news channels follow. The difference and apparently their weakness is the absence of controversial and opinionated programs. Fox’s stock in trade is the venom and vitriol spewed out by Hannity and O’Reilly and MSNBC has their Rachael Maddow. CNN really doesn’t do the partisan politics style of programming. I, for one and the few, prefer the CNN style of news presentation.

Ken

August 27th, 2012
1:04 pm

“CNN doesn’t do the partisan politics style of programming”… Really? you are obviously in agreement with their way of thinking, which is fine, this is a free country and i respect your opinion. However, lets call it what it is. A left leaning news organization that proclaims its middle of the road. Which is pretty hilarious in my view.

But, its a big planet and perhaps we could all just allow each of us to have our own opinions and while we don’t agree with them, just move on because its nothing but a big box of hate (cable news tv) these days.

Will Jones

August 27th, 2012
1:12 pm

“Eyes” have switched to alternate media because CNN lacks the truth. As truth is from G-d, the People have an intrinsic attraction to it.

One wonders if their touting one of JFK’s known assassins has anything to do with the same corporation’s Time-Life’s complicity in the “reversed” frames of the Zapruder film to dupe us into believing other than the CIA killed our president to send us to Vietnam and to restore Rome’s bankers to their illegal control of our money.

Bush 41

August 27th, 2012
1:26 pm

HBO is also Liberal driven & will provide great programming for CNN.

OMG

August 27th, 2012
1:37 pm

Yepper, CNN came out pushing homosexuality on the public and the public left. However, the liberals still dont get it. It will continue to deteriate into another cable NBC. Liberals have destroyed CNN. What is next? The US military.

PR

August 27th, 2012
1:56 pm

One more reason why CNN is in trouble. It says “New Network” Give us news not this drivel. Get rid on Nancy Grace and the rest of all the BS and give us real news!

ldm

August 27th, 2012
2:25 pm

The supporters of CNN are typically liberal in their response to conservative ideas. Name calling and using terms such as vitriol and venom. Yes, you know it really is true that conservatives want to poison the atmosphere, push old ladies off cliffs and starve orphans. Why everyone in the liberal world knows this is true so it must be so. When you are out of logical ideas then name calling will surely work out for you. Please keep it up. People across the country are getting sick of the no idea name calling agenda of the left,.

Will Jones

August 28th, 2012
12:34 am

Everyone knows Bush and Cheney committed 9/11 using the JFK-killing CIA and the “State of Israel’s” Mossad.

CNN hasn’t reported this treasonous abomination by which to warn the sovereign People. CNN therefore has no reason to exist.

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