TCA 2014: CNN’s “Inside Man” is now “Morgan Spurlock Inside Man”
The second season of “Morgan Spurlock Inside Man” will continue to fit perfectly into CNN’s revitalized programming lineup, filling a journalistic void that the titular host sees when he flips through TV at night.
“Long-form investigative journalism continues to be cut out of the process,” Spurlock told TheWrap. “What documentaries do is they fill that void in such an incredible way.”
The second season of the docuseries, beginning April 6, has a new name (last season was titled “Inside Man”) and will air eight new episodes.
Some of the upcoming shows that Spurlock is particularly excited about investigate America’s obsession with celebrity culture (“How have we gotten to this point in America?,” he asked. “There was a time years ago where you’d put an astronaut on the cover of a magazine.”), wealth disparity (“The Haves and the … Haves-much-less”), and should college athletes be paid?
For the latter, Spurlock embeds himself with a prominent Division I basketball program, one which has a history of allegations of unlawful player compensation against it.
CNN President Jeff Zucker — who arrived after the series was greenlit — has been a big proponent of the show. In October, Zucker said, “‘Inside Man’ is the perfect example of the type of program our audience is looking for when we aren’t covering the news of the day.”
Essentially, “Morgan Spurlock Inside Man” is reality TV for real: “Most reality television doesn’t really deal with reality, whereas a show likes ours actually does,” Spurlock said.
But Spurlock, who’s first show was an internet game show sold to MTV, is grateful for the decade-old unscripted boom.
“The birth of reality television pushed people towards documentaries,” he said, “Because suddenly people who watch reality television said, ‘Regular people have great stories.'”
Spurlock’s great story was 2004’s right-place, right-time Academy Award-nominated documentary, “Super Size Me.”
“Morgan Spurlock Inside Man” premieres Apr. 13 at 10 p.m. on CNN.