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Kevin Spacey to produce, host CNN docu-series on presidential campaigns

Kevin Spacey to produce, host CNN docu-series on presidential campaigns
Actor Kevin Spacey poses for photographers upon arrival at the House Of Cards season 3 World Premiere at the Empire Cinema in central London, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (Joel Ryan / Associated Press)

It looks like Kevin Spacey can't get enough of the Oval Office.

The Academy-Award-winning actor who is now starring in Season 3 of "House of Cards" as President Frank Underwood is going to produce and host a six-part documentary about presidential campaigns to air on CNN in 2016.

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I had mixed feelings about CNN President Jeff Zucker's commitment to documentaries when his first slate of productions was announced. But outside of a serious mis-step or two, like CNN airing a love song to George H.W. Bush, "41 On 41," which was funded by Bush's presidential library, Zucker's documentary effort has brought better ratings to CNN and some culturally informative programming to cable news TV in general.

Here's the press release from CNN. The talk about "dramatic recreations" sends a chill up my journalistic spine, but I'll tune in based on the talent involved to see where Spacey takes it.

Academy Award winning actor and producer Kevin Spacey will bring a thrilling, six-part mini docu-series to CNN as part of the network's slate of Original Series in 2016. Currently titled Race for the White House, the original series will be executive produced by Spacey and Dana Brunetti [an executive producer of "House of Cards"], and co-produced by Raw and Trigger Street Productions.

The series will be history telling at its most compelling. Using previously unseen archive footage, interviews with key players and dramatic recreations, each episode narrated by Spacey will tell the story of one campaign for the Presidency of the United States.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti bring their world-class talent to CNN," said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide. "When we created the CNN Original Series brand, this is exactly the type of programming we had in mind and Race for the White House will be the perfect complement to our coverage of the 2016 campaigns and election."

Each hour will tell the story of a four-year, no-holds-barred battle to become the most powerful person in the world, culminating in a single night of heart pounding tension.  From powerful campaign speeches to the dirty tricks and Machiavellian schemes, Race for the White House will capture the drama of how a high-stakes presidential election can turn on a single issue and so much more.

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