Pasadena --CNN will team with Academy Award-winning directors Alex Gibney and Robert Redford to create a documentary mini-series Death Row Stories, the network said Friday here at the Television Critics Association tour.
The network also announced it will look at the influence of 1960s British groups on American music in a January special that will serve as a prelude to a 10-episode series on the decade set to debut in the Spring.
Death Row Stories, which will debut March 9, will look at capital murder cases that call into question beliefs about the death penalty and the American justice system, according to network executives. Redford and Gibney will serve as executive producers, while Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon will narrate the eight-part original series, according to network executives.
The Sixties: The British Invasion, premiering Jan. 30, will look at the landmark revolution of 1964 when British groups such as the Beatles, The Animals, The Kinks, The Hollies, The Who and the Rolling Stones dominated American music.
The special will re-run in May when CNN launches the 10-episode The Sixties series, said network officials.