CNN Original Series embarks on a new cross-country journey with award-winning journalist and author Lisa Ling in the ninth season of This is Life, premiering Sunday, November 27 at 10pm ET/PT on CNN. Produced by Part2 Pictures, Ling ventures to the far corners of America, exploring communities that are often unknown or misunderstood.
“In these divided times, when we are increasingly inhabiting our respective bubbles, it’s never been more important to get to know the stories of those who call America home,” said Lisa Ling, Host and Executive Producer. “For nine seasons, people have welcomed us into their homes and their lives, and I am truly honored to tell their stories.”
Across six revealing episodes, Ling dives into some of our country’s most pressing issues and uncovers some surprising solutions. First, Ling examines how technology is shaping love, sex, and human relationships following the widespread social isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Next, she surveys mothers who seek out sperm donors on Facebook and reveals the true motives of a man who has fathered over one hundred children with more on the way. In the backwoods of Arkansas, Ling discovers the fate of hundreds of tigers, bred and held captive by the so-called “kings” of a blockbuster TV series. Ling then journeys to the streets of her hometown of Los Angeles, an area that has become ground zero for America’s severe mental health crisis, uncovering the horror but also the hope for those society seems to have cast aside. Later, Ling travels to Denver, a city often known for its legal pot culture, and finds that another legal substance – alcohol – has become America’s worst addiction. Finally, with racial strife playing out in cities across the country, she communes with the followers of a newer religion that proclaims interracial marriage as a possible pathway to world peace.
The ninth season of This Is Life was produced by Part2 Pictures for CNN Original Series. Executive Producers are Lisa Ling, Amy Bucher, David Shadrack Smith, Amy Entelis and Nomi Ernst Leidner. Co-Executive Producer is Heidi Burke.
The series will regularly air on Sundays at 10pm ET/PT, with a special two-episode event on Sunday, December 4 at 9pm and 10pm ET/PT, and a two-episode series finale on Sunday, December 18 at 9pm and 10pm ET/PT.
This is Life will stream live for pay TV subscribers via CNN.com and CNN OTT and mobile apps under “TV Channels” or CNNgo where available. The series will also be available On Demand the day after the broadcast premiere to pay TV subscribers via CNN.com, CNN apps, and Cable Operator Platforms.
The entire This is Life library (seasons 1-8) is available to stream via the CNN Originals hub on discovery+, allowing subscribers to revisit past episodes ahead of the November 27 linear premiere on CNN. Visit the CNN Originals Hub within the discovery+ app or on the web at discoveryplus.com/channel/cnn-original.
About CNN Original Series
The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide. Lyle Gamm, senior vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series. Since 2012, the team has produced over 45 CNN Original Series, including Peabody Award winning and 13-time Emmy® Award-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, five-time Emmy® Award-winning United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, two-time Emmy® Award-winning Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, and critically acclaimed series including This is Life with Lisa Ling, First Ladies, the “Decades” series, American Dynasties: The Kennedys, The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty, The History of Comedy, Race for the White House, and many others. For more information about CNN Original Series, please follow @CNNOriginals via Twitter, and join Keep Watching, an exclusive, members-only community that enables fans to stay engaged with their favorite CNN Original Series & Films https://cnn.it/3qOXGNz.
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