Rahm Emanuel is getting his own TV show:
CNN is launching the series, which is being executive produced by Robert Redford, beginning on March 6. CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker, Redford and the filmmakers will be on hand for a Q&A following the premiere on Sunday.I don't think Robert Redford can help Chicago at this point...
The filmmakers tell The Hollywood Reporter that the project is an evenhanded look at the mayor and the city, which was rocked by a bitter teacher's strike and has grappled with a high murder rate. "The teacher's union thought we were with Rahm, and Rahm thought we were the teacher's union," Benjamin says.
The pair gained extraordinary access to Rahm Emanuel, which was facilitated by David Axelrod, the Chicago-based former campaign adviser to President Barack Obama. Rahm was Obama's first chief of staff and helped him get elected in 2008. Ari was instrumental in mobilizing the Hollywood donor community to back Obama.
Levin and Benjamin shot footage over an eight-month period in which the murder rate did go down, but they say they were prepared to cover the city's story however it unfolded. "We expect criticism," says Levin. "So long as it's from all sides, we'll be happy. If someone says we're too kind or too critical to one side, that wouldn't be good."