Cable television network CNN (Cable News Network) is expanding its program line up with another series. Variety reported on March 31, 2016, that comedian W. Kamau Bell will join the network. His show will be called “United Shades of America.”
W. Kamau Bell will travel to different regions of the United States to learn about clashes that occur in different subcultures. He wants to show how differences in race and culture can united or divide people.
Kamau says humor opens discussions about race. He talked to Shadow and Act about his new Showtime special saying “We live in critical times and comedy can help make those times a little bit easier to deal with. I hope that ‘Semi-Prominent Negro’ can help people laugh and deal with these times. Also I hope it helps me afford better health insurance. Specifically dental and vision.” Kamau used humor on his FX and FXX late night talk show “Totally Biased” to talk about political issues involving race.
CNN is adding more series to beef up its program line up and in hopes of raising its ratings. W. Kamau Bell is the latest celebrity tapped to elevate the cable network. CNN also did a series with Anthony Bourdain and Morgan Spurlock.
“United Shades of America” will air in eight one hour installments. The premier will air on April 24, 2016, at 10 pm. Watch the trailer for “United Shades of America” here.