For CNN, the past week has been marked by some notable entrances into and exits from the news network as Jeff Zucker has taken over as president of CNN Worldwide.
With the exodus of stalwart pundits and/or contributors James Carville, Mary Matalin, Erik Ericson, and Maria Cardona, comes the restructuring of the network's programming schedule in the hopes of appealing to a broader audience.
As part of this restructuring, CNN has given the greenlight to the non-fiction series "Crimes of the Century" from feature film director and producer Ridley Scott. Each episode of the documentary style series will examine a major news event, including the Bernie Madoff scandal and the Oklahoma City bombing, using the signature flair and visual style of the iconic director. In addition to never before seen footage of each significant crime, the episodes will include CGI and animation, along with firsthand accounts from witnesses, victims, and investigators to give viewers an inside look at these incredible crimes.
The series joins a new influx of documentary and reality-based news programming, including Morgan Spurlock's "Inside Man" and Anthony Bourdain's (unfortunately titled) "Eatocracy."
"Crimes of the Century" is set to air on weekends later in the year. CNN Worldwide's Senior vice president of development and acquisitions Vinnie Malhotra called the new series "another step in our mission to broaden the scope of programming on CNN," dubbing the documentary "an expertly-produced, captivating series that delves deeply into some of the most fascinating news events of our day that demand further scrutiny."