CNN’s “Chicagoland” 8-part docu series is apt to be a ratings bonanza when the 8-part unscripted series starts airing on March 6. It was produced by Robert Redford’s new Sundance Productions that was set up to produce TV and multimedia.
CNN formally says the show will give viewers “an inside look of the city’s leaders and residents as they work to improve the public education system and neighborhood and youth safety.”
“Chicago’s vibrant culture and opportunities inherent in this 21st century, world-class city run alongside profound daily challenges,” said Redford, who was the series’ executive producer.
“Much of it falls on the shoulders of its tough, visionary mayor, his team and people doing heroic work in neighborhoods throughout the city.”
Indeed, the promo displays a positive focus on Mayor Rahm Emanuel (he’s being called “America’s dominant mayor”) for the way in which he has handled these hot button issues that have keep Chicagoans in a constant uproar.
“Chicago has always had a rhythm all its own. It’s a city that wears its heart on its sleeve and I am honored to be a part of telling this story,” Redford added.
City Hall extended open cooperation to the crews when they filmed under the radar here last summer.
Laura Michalyshyn also executive produced and the series was produced in partnership with BCTV (Brick City TV) In other doc programming, CNN picked up the TV rights to “Life Itself,” the Roger Ebert doc from Kartemquin’s Steve James previewing at Sundance.