*Dwayne Johnson is executive producing a new show for CNN that explores the various songs that are linked to iconic moments in history.
“Soundtracks: Songs That Made History,” an eight part series, will examine the music linked to such periods as the March on Washington, the riots at Stonewall, the moon landing and Hurricane Katrina, to name a few. Each episode will cover a tragedy, triumph or the start of a movement — and the music that came to define it.
CNN has also added shows from actors Sean Hayes and Tom Hanks to their original programming slate.
Hayes’ “The History of Comedy” will explore what makes people laugh — from the Ancient Greeks, to Shakespeare, Vaudeville, to the biggest contemporary comedians, movies and TV shows.
Hanks’ “The Nineties,” following “The Seventies” and “The Eighties,” will launch in 2017, joining the previously announced spiritual adventure series “Believer” with Reza Aslan.
CNN’s 2017 slate will also feature new seasons of its returning original series, including “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” “This is Life With Lisa Ling,” “The Hunt with John Walsh,” “Death Row Stories,” “The Wonder List with Bill Weir, “and “Finding Jesus.”
Among the network’s current lineup is “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell,” “Morgan Spurlock Inside Man,” “The Eighties” and “Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies.”