- - Thursday, August 23, 2012

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock is coming to CNN for a new weekend series that will take a close look at areas of American life that don’t normally get much attention.

The series “Inside Man” will look at gun lovers, marijuana growers, end-of-life caregivers and migrant farmworkers in its early episodes.

Mr. Spurlock is best known for his Oscar-nominated film “Super Size Me,” where he subsisted on only McDonald’s food for 30 days.

The show is expected to debut in April, paired with a new series from chef Anthony Bourdain.

Both series are from outside production companies and represent an experiment for CNN, which has had ratings troubles in recent years.

First lady Michelle Obama points to supporters at the War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012. (Associated Press)
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First lady books appearances on Letterman, ‘Dr. Oz Show’

The first lady is paying David Letterman another visit.

Michelle Obama has been booked for an appearance on CBS‘ “Late Show With David Letterman” scheduled to air Wednesday. The telecast coincides with the third night of the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla.

This will be Mrs. Obama’s third visit to the show, her last being on June 5, when she played up her green-thumb image by presenting the “Top Ten Fun Facts About Gardening.” (Examples included “Gardening was invented in 1822 by Albert Gardener” and “The largest zucchini ever grown contained a Starbucks.”)

Next week’s visit is part of the first lady’s back-to-school media tour, where she will speak about “helping parents get their children ready to return to the classroom” and “important changes to school lunch programs nationwide,” according to a statement from CBS.

Mrs. Obama also is planning on making a house call on “The Dr. Oz Show.”

According to the Associated Press, the show’s producers said the first lady will tape an appearance Wednesday to discuss new provisions of her “Let’s Move” campaign and the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.

Producers said Thursday that Mrs. Obama’s appearance will be taped at the show’s New York studio for national broadcast on Sept. 14.

The show’s host, Mehmet Oz, said he’s “honored” she has chosen to be a guest on his show.

“The Dr. Oz Show,” which airs weekdays in syndication, will be starting its fourth season next month.

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