CNN has already received its fair share of criticism for abandoning hard news in favor of reality television and documentary features. What will people say if the network starts airing scripted movies?
During a press lunch on Monday, CNN head Jeff Zucker said he would be “open” to such a move, saying in response to a question, “We have looked at that; thus far, we’re not doing that, but I’m not opposed to it. We have no imminent plans but it might be a logical extension in the next year of so.”
At the same time, Zucker acknowledged that he would likely face a backlash if CNN made the transition into fictionalized programming. “Some people would find it odd,” he said. But the “CNN brand has to evolve.”
Thus far, the CNN Films brand has focused solely on documentaries, with projects like Life Itself about film critic Roger Ebert and Ivory Tower about the value of higher education set to air on the network later this year.
Variety’s Brian Lowry singled out one scripted project that could have made perfect sense for CNN, if the rights hadn’t already been sold to Lifetime:
CNN Films is "open" to airing scripted movies. Too bad Lifetime already bought Brian Stelter's morning-news book: http://t.co/5EQWAFFKZs
— Brian Lowry (@blowryontv) October 27, 2014
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