CNN Announces New Reality TV Series Starring George Zimmerman

Jul 12, 2013

cnnzmCNN announced today that it is creating a reality television series centered around murder suspect George Zimmerman.

In a press release, network president Jeff Zucker said the new show will air on the fall schedule and aims to "bridge the gap" between news and entertainment.

"CNN has been thrilled with the success of our wall-to-wall George Zimmerman trial coverage," the statement reads, "but why should the camera go dark after the courtroom drama ends?

"With the threat of an extended prison sentence hanging over him, Zimmerman's story is only just beginning. What will the next chapter bring? The sweet taste of liberty? Or the harsh flavor of lady justice?

"Whether he's navigating the inside of a jailhouse, or back on the neighborhood watch beat - only CNN will give you the exclusive inside scoop every Friday at 8pm / 7 central."

The Less You Know

CNN pioneered the 24-hour news concept, dominating the airwaves in the 1980s and '90s. In recent years, however, it has been battered by competition from Fox News, MSNBC and the multitude of news sources available on the Internet.

In an effort to stem its decline, the aging channel hired Zucker, a former NBCUniversal executive, to broaden the scope of its programming beyond the traditional news formats.

Programming like the travelogue Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown has so far been successful in boosting CNN's bottom line. But analysts say the new Zimmerman series could be an even bigger boon.

"This is very, very exciting," says Justin Trudeau, a media analyst at RBC Capital Markets. "The problem with CNN is that its still about 70-80 percent news. If we can bring that figure down to the mid-forties and replace everything else with 'newsality' shows - it could finally start catching up to its rivals."

In an exclusive interview, Zucker says the show will be called Keeping Up With The Zimmermans and will feature George Zimmerman's brother prominently.

"We've seen what the Kardashians have done for the E! channel, and we want to be part of that success," he explains. "We're also thinking of doing a Real Housewives of Cairo, but that is still in the planning stages."

UPDATE: In a statement CNN has confirmed the series is now filming and is focused on his new neighborhood watch group.

  • Freddy At Night

    Reckon most of the first season will be devoted to Zimmerman’s multimillion-dollar defamation suit against NBC…

    Season 2, he buys CNN, and dramatically fires Cooper, O’Brien, Crowley, Lemon, and Morgan!

  • Kelly

    Is this an Onion story?!

  • OldDog

    Thank god … for a moment there, given CNN’s recent stupid mistakes, I actually believed they were going to do this.

  • patchbran

    similar. this is also a satire site. sadly our cray cray world makes it hard to discern the ridiculous from the sublime

  • NewsCorpse

    I hate to inform you all, but the CNN/Zimmerman deal fell through. The latest news is that Zimmerman signed with Fox News to host a new nightly program: “Stand Your Ground,” to debut in the fall.

  • Freddy At Night

    It’s like The Onion, but without the faggotry…

  • Bibrax Redux

    How delicious! Sounds like a well-deserved remunerative, post-racial, retributive retrospective…Will there be any requisite-but totally inappropriate-queer/bi love-triangle aspersions? That always ensures CNN a fast-cratering Nielsen rating, with concomitant increase in “most-favored media sycophant” Federal Tax deductions and subsidies! Or is that MSNBC? My acronymic alphabet might be slightly dyslexic…


    I would never think that Z would be invited on CNN, but would be shocked if he did not end up on FOX.

  • D Umbo

    amazin thers anywun left alive in america with all the gunz an everyone shootin everywun. Good thing thers loads of mexicins nearby to keep the cuntry goin. americanz are so fat becauz they get a free burger with evry gun they buy. haha

  • D Umbo

    also becauz theyre so fat even the lousy shooters can hit sumwun in america. thats what I herd. haha But this is a very serius situation reely and nieghbourhodd watch guys shouldnt have guns. maybe water pistles or trunchiuns like in britain. and maybe canada maybe. I cant get a drink but could propably get a gun. nuts nuts nuts NUTZ MAN SO NOT COOL !!!!!

  • lisa741

    just as Leroy responded I’m stunned that a stay at home mom able to get paid $5406 in 4 weeks on the internet. have you seen this page w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

  • Doyle Harcavy

    First sentence: You can center ON something, and you can revolve AROUND something. But you can’t center AROUND anything.

  • CIR

    Now people are thinking of boycotting CNN for showcasing a killer.

  • Get-Real

    This entire family is completely and utterly, dangerously INSANE!