Robert Redford Is Producing ‘Chicagoland’ Documentary Series for CNN

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For all of you who think that Robert Redford retired, well, you’re wrong. He just signed a deal with CNN to produce an eight-episode series called Chicagoland.

Yes, CNN looks more like a reality TV channel these days than ever before. But this is very serious reality of course. It will be looking at the challenges that face the city right now, including overhauling its educational system, dealing with crime and neighborhood safety, and figuring out just how to get the Cubs into the World Series. Okay…maybe not that last one. 

Redford said in a statement, “Chicago has always had a rhythm all its own. It’s a city that wears its heart on its sleeve and I am honored to be a part of telling this story.”

The series will debut in early 2014. 

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After getting his master's degree in poetry, Senior Writer Brian Moylan started writing about television and pop culture for Gawker, The Guardian, The Washington Blade and a few other reputable publications. Brian has an honorary PhD in “Jersey Shore” studies from the University of Chicago. He's shared his often hilarious views about the tube on VH1, MSNBC, TV Guide Channel, MTV (Canada), BBC radio, and NPR. He can usually be found at his apartment in New York yelling at the TV and dodging calls from Real Housewives. He is a Taurus and likes long walks on the beach, fried chicken, and almost every reality television program ever created (especially “The Swan”).