First announced here, a four-part docuseries, Reframed: Marilyn Monroe, will begin with two hour-long episodes at 9 pm on Sunday, January 16, on CNN in the US, with the concluding episodes airing on January 23.
“Produced by the award-winning, London-based RAW and narrated by Golden Globe-winning actress and Molly’s Game star Jessica Chastain, the series features a star-studded cast of female voices and is made by an all-female editorial team led by filmmaker Sam Starbuck of RAW. Over four episodes it re-examines Monroe’s story to uncover themes of feminism, sexuality and power that continue to drive the cultural conversation today.
Immortalized as a sex icon, dismissed as a tragic victim, Reframed: Marilyn Monroe dismantles the conventional narrative to tell the tale of a woman who refused to conform to societal pressures in her pursuit of a career. The series retraces Monroe’s story from budding starlet to Hollywood power-broker, as she navigates the treacherous waters of Hollywood’s casting couch culture and bravely speaks out about abuse at a time when silence was the norm.
The biographical series showcases rare archival footage combined with first person accounts from women close to Monroe such as friend Amy Greene; expert analysis from writers who have studied her like Vulture critic Angelica Jade Bastien and film critic Christina Newland; and anecdotes from actresses who have been inspired by her including Ellen Burstyn, Amber Tamblyn and Mira Sorvino.
Reframed: Marilyn Monroe will air over back-to-back weekends on Sunday, January 16 and Sunday, January 23 at 9PM and 10PM ET/PT. Episodes will also stream live for subscribers via CNNgo (www.CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for AppleTV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android. The docuseries will be available On Demand the day after the linear premiere via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms, and CNN mobile apps.”