When CNN was getting ready to launch Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” in 2013, newly appointed president Jeff Zucker joked that viewers would see the series again and again as CNN used it to offset the slow news periods when its audience often evaporated.
These days, it’s hard to find a free moment on any mainstream news outlet for anything other than coverage of the news maelstrom that followed Donald Trump’s move into the White House. Despite this heightened tempo, CNN has kept investing in and expanding the breadth of its original docu-series slate, which kicked off with the singular travelogue series fronted by Bourdain.
CNN’s latest effort, “Tricky Dick,” premiering March 17, is a four-episode look at the momentous life of Richard Nixon. It’s among a recent wave of documentaries produced with news coverage from the era and archival footage, eschewing a host or voiceover