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CNN to relive The Nineties with HBO

US news network CNN are working together on The Nineties, the latest show in the Tom Hanks-produced series looking at major milestones in different decades.

Hank and production partner Gary Goetzman have previously worked with CNN on The Sixties, The Seventies and The Eighties.

The Nineties, produced in association with HBO and Mark Herzog, will look at decade-defining events such as the explosion of the internet and Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

Both CNN and HBO are part of Time Warner, though HBO operates separately to CNN parent Turner Broadcasting System.

The show is one of several original series CNN has ordered as it seeks to broaden out from purely news and current affairs coverage.

Others include Soundtracks: Songs That Made History (WT), an eight-part series about iconic songs tied to key moments in history. It comes from Show of Force and Seven Bucks Productions, which is Dwayne Johnson’s prodco.

Wrestler and actor Johnson executive produces along with Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia and Brian Gewitz.

The History of Comedy, also running to eight episodes, explores what has made people laugh over the ages. Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner from Hazy Mills will executive produce, along with Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen, who work under the Herzog & Company imprint.

The CNN Original Series group, a CNN subsidiary, has acquired produced around 300 hours of originals in the past four years, in a bid to attract younger audiences.