Monday, May 27, 2024

CNN Renews ‘United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell’ for Second Season

CNN's "United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell "
CNN’s “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell “

*W. Kamau Bell is headed back to CNN for a second season of his fish-out-of-water travelogue series “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell,” according to the cable channel.

The eight episode second season, to debut in Spring 2017, will continue to follow the comedian as he explores different communities in the U.S. and investigates race and other topics.

Each hour-long episode attempts to depict a country that is built upon many different definitions of what it’s like to live in America. A memorable episode from the first cycle had the African-American comedian meeting up with members of the Ku Klux Klan.

The series was nominated for an Emmy and a TCA Award in its first season.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to work with CNN on more episodes of ‘United Shades of America.’ CNN has been unbelievably supportive of me and what I am trying to do with the show. I have been amazed and at times overwhelmed to witness the effect the show has had on people,” Bell said in a statement. ” I travel a lot as stand-up comic, and everywhere I go, people ask me when we’ll be back for season two. I think now, more than ever, people realize that we need more platforms that demonstrate how to have productive, respectful, enlightening, and funny conversations. Also hoping now that we have a second season, I can finally meet Anthony Bourdain.”

According to CNN, the show ranked first among adults between 25 and 54 – the demographic most coveted by sponsors of news programming – and attracted the youngest audience across cable news in its time period.

“We are beyond thrilled with the positive response ‘United Shades of America’ received in its freshman season,” said Amy Entelis, CNN Worldwide’s executive vice president of talent and content development, in a statement. “Kamau has an unparalleled ability to use his natural curiosity and sense of humor to ignite necessary and sometimes tough conversations around race and society in this country.”

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