CNN Acquires Nonfiction Series From Ridley Scott

'Crimes of the Century' to Air on Weekends This Year

CNN has acquired nonfiction series Crimes of the Century from executive producer Ridley Scott as part of its push to expand its weekend lineup beyond hard news.

The series explores historic news events like the Madoff scandal and the Oklahoma City bombing to place viewers at the scene of the crime with interviews with witnesses, victims and investigators.

Crimes will air on weekends on CNN/U.S. later this year. David Zucker and Mary Lisio are also executive producing for Scott Free Productions.

"This acquisition is another step in our mission to broaden the scope of programming on CNN and give viewers even more of the stories and information that impact their lives," said Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide.

CNN's other nonfiction series acquisitions include Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown and Morgan Spurlock's Inside Man, which both premiere on weekends this April.