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CNN Tackles ‘The Seventies’ In New Series

CNN will re-visit the 1970s in a new six-hour series premiering this summer.

The eight-part series The Seventies, produced by actor/producer Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman (John Adams) and Mark Herzog (Gettysburg), will examine the decade through its politics, culture and historic events. The first episode in the series will focus on television and how shows like M.A.S.H, All In The Family, Saturday Night Live and Monday Night Football helped shape the culture of the decade.

Other episodes will focus on the Watergate scandal, the repercussions of the Vietnam War, the sexual revolution and the rise of terrorism at home and abroad.  

The series is a follow-up to CNN’s The Sixties 10-part series which aired earlier this year. The network will feature a marathon airing of the series beginning Nov. 22.

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.