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CNN chief Jeff Zucker may have scotched reports of Jay Leno coming aboard for a late-night gig “anytime soon… it's just not where our priorities are.” But for Zucker, part of the CNN resurrection formula is continuing to add series and documentaries. In '14 CNN will carry 8 series, up from 3 in '13. Joining Anthony Bordain and Morgan Spurlock will be primetime series from Robert Redford and Tom Hanks “and a full slate of films.” But, “We will never ever get out of making sure we are there for news… primetime will continue to be the home of news and talk,” he promised. And “first and foremost” Zucker wants “CNN [to] remain true to its news and journalistic background.” Another element, he said, is adding “a little bit more passion” to CNN programming. — Actor Eric Dane will helm TNT's “The Last Ship” this summer (June premiere) as captain of a Navy destroyer searching for a vaccine amidst a deadly pandemic. As far as narrative structure, each episode will have “its own beginning, middle, and end,” according to executive producer Hank Steinberg, but also will have “a serialized arcing nature to it because they have a mission,” he said. Also arriving in June on TNT is “Murder in the First,” a crime drama set in San Francisco that follows a pair of homicide inspectors. Executive producer Steven Bochcho told critics that “this is really not just a cop show. It's a cop show, it's a legal drama, and then it's a courtroom drama,” he said. “What we've tried to do is to pretty much encompass the whole of the criminal justice system.” He also said he likes cable's shorter seasons. “Ten episodes or 12 episodes, you know, seems to me to be an ideal length for this format,” he said. “It really eliminates the necessity of filler.” — CeeLo Green's “The Good Life,” coming to TBS this summer, follows the entertainer and his band of hip-hop cohorts, known as “The Goodie Mob.” Genre-speaking, it isn't a straight scripted or straight unscripted show. “It's reality-based,” said Green. “It's like, semi-scripted. What I wanted to do was emulate something more authentic… I didn't want to do another reality show, not per se.”

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