- The Washington Times - Monday, March 9, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

His fictional presidential character Frank Underwood is a fixture on Netflix. Now, actor and producer Kevin Spacey takes his political perspective to CNN where he’ll produce what the network calls “a thrilling, six-part mini docu-series…history telling at its most compelling. Using previously unseen archive footage, interviews with key players and dramatic recreations, each episode narrated by Spacey will tell the story of one campaign for the presidency of the United States.”

Drama is part of the thinking.

Each hour chronicles “the story of a four-year, no-holds-barred battle to become the most powerful person in the world, culminating in a single night of heart pounding tension.” Among the highlights: powerful campaign speeches, plus “dirty tricks and Machiavellian schemes,” the network stated.

Mr. Spacey will be joined by co-producer Dana Brunetti and Trigger Street Productions - both involved in the making of “House of Cards,” the Netflix series that is home to Frank Underwood, plus a cast of politcos and journalists that gained a worldwide following. Also in the creative mix: Raw, a film and TV production company which has worked for the BBC, Discovery Channel and A & E, and other networks.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti bring their world-class talent to CNN,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide. “When we created the CNN Original Series brand, this is exactly the type of programming we had in mind. ‘Race for the White House’ will be the perfect complement to our coverage of the 2016 campaigns and election.”


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