People angry after CNN cancels ‘Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy’

Austerity is found everywhere nowadays. Take CNN as an example, which decided to cancel “Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy” – one of the most popular original series.

It is part of a move that cancels all original programming at CNN in bid to cut costs amid a shrinking media market and reduced advertisement – a trend being faced by the industry across the world.

But the public reaction is strong as viewers cannot fathom how and why such a choice is made with people describing it as “one of the most nonsensical decision ever” and “This my 9/11”. Certainly, who doesn’t like Italian cuisine and the details behind how they prepare their famous dishes.

Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy was aired for two seasons and a mammoth audience across the globe. Tucci, who has an Italian family background, crisscrossed Italy as discussed the regional cuisine with natives and explored their historical background.

As a result, even political and social realities dating back centuries were revealed for the viewers, a fact that made them wait anxiously for the series.   

 “Unfortunately, CNN has canceled all of their original programming, so hopefully we’ll end up on another streamer, network, we don’t know,” Tucci told Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday’s broadcast of NBC’s “Tonight Show.”

However, there is a good news. Tucci plans to produce three more seasons. When and with which broadcaster remains the question. “But yes, I have plans to do season three and more,” he added during the show.

Coming back to the reaction, here are some of the examples.

After spending the past decade developing a library of original documentary series, CNN is paring back its ambitions in the space. The Warner Bros. Discovery-backed outlet is ending its efforts to develop original series and films with third-party production entities.

In 2023, the network will still show several projects that were already in the pipeline, but the work has been deemed as costly to a company that is straining to reduce its debt load. On Wednesday, Warner Bros. Discovery revealed in an SEC filing that it was expanding its estimates for the amount of charges it will have to take to restructure the company and write off underperforming content.


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