“We loved the idea the minute we heard it,” a CNN exec tells TheWrap
“Race for the White House” debuts Sunday night on CNN at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Spacey narrates the series and is co-executive producer, along with Dana Brunetti.
“It was a pitch from Kevin Spacey and his company Trigger Street, and Raw TV. We loved the idea the minute we heard it,” CNN talent & content development EVP Amy Entelis told TheWrap.
Each hour-long episode uses rare archival footage, interviews and stylized dramatizations to tell the story of one iconic campaign for the Presidency of the United States.
“It’s a deep dive into the most compelling and influential campaigns in American history, timed to coincide with the 2016 presidential race,” Entelis said. “Our hope is that it appeals to the CNN audience which is always looking for perspective on the big stories and events.”
CNN’s Alisyn Camerota recently caught up with Spacey to discuss the series and the evolution of American politics.
The six elections featured include: Andrew Jackson v. John Quincy Adams (1828); Abraham Lincoln v. Stephen Douglas (1860); Harry Truman v. Thomas Dewey (1948); John F. Kennedy v. Richard Nixon (1960); George H. W. Bush v. Michael Dukakis (1988); Bill Clinton v. George H.W. Bush (1992).
“I think the Dukakis-Bush one is really interesting because its’ remarkable how events that happen in the course of a campaign become the singular thing that a candidate is then identified by,” Spacey told Camerota.
Watch the trailer below.