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CNN to Air Three More 'Death Row Stories' Starting Next Sunday

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood July 3, 2014 at 11:54AM

CNN's original series "Death Row Stories" is set to return to the news channel next Sunday, July 13, with three new episodes debuting on successive Sundays.
Alex Gibney and Robert Redford
Alex Gibney and Robert Redford

CNN's original series "Death Row Stories" is set to return to the news channel next Sunday, July 13, with three new episodes debuting on successive Sundays.

Executive produced by Jigsaw Production's Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side," "The Armstrong Lie") and Sundance Production's Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn, the CNN series focuses on inmates facing the death penalty and the legal process of defending them and attempting to ensure that justice prevails.

The new episodes, each narrated by Susan Sarandon, explore three cases from the 1980s and 1990s, two involving double murders and one involving a mass murder in a Chuck E. Cheese in Colorado.  Several of the defendants or prosecutors involved in the case are interviewed for the first time, and in the Colorado-centered episode, Gov. John Hickenlooper as well as former Gov. Bill Ritter, Jr. and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Rep. Tom Tancredo are all interviewed.

The series's first five installments premiered in March and will be re-aired after the three new episodes.  The March airings garnered CNN the top spot in the cable news demographic, according to Nielsen, and at the time, Gibney, Redford and Sarandon penned an opinion piece in Salon calling on Americans to reflect on the "systemic problems" of the American justice system.

Whether Democratic or Republican, legislators can no longer ignore the fatal flaw in the justice system.  At a minimum, we must insist that they find a way to hold prosecutors accountable for misconduct that can – if intentional — amount to premeditated murder. More broadly, we should insist that lawmakers face the most harrowing question from all of our death row stories: if the institution of capital punishment – with consequences so final and irreversible — can never be a perfect instrument of criminal justice, is the institution itself a criminal injustice?

CNN will air the three new "Death Row Stories" episodes at 10:00 pm and 1:00 am Eastern.  They will also be available as a simulcast through CNN's iPad app, as well as on CNN's website and other mobile applications.

Below, take a look at a clip from one of the first five episodes, in which two appellate lawyers discuss meeting death row inmate John Thompson for the first time.

This article is related to: Alex Gibney, Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Sundance, Documentaries

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.