Hanks, CNN team up on documentary series on ’60s



LOS ANGELES — The 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination is approaching, and CNN is marking the occasion with the start of a new 10-part documentary series to be co-produced by Tom Hanks.

“The Sixties” will explore the transformative events of the decade, including the Beatles, the war in Vietnam, protests, drugs and more. In other words, all the usual 1960s suspects.

Hanks and his producing partner Gary Goetzman are co-producers on the project alongside CNN and Mark Herzog, executive producer of History’s “Gettysburg” movie.

The first episode is set to air in November and will look at the assassination, the findings of the Warren Commission and the aftermath and effect JFK’s death had on the nation.

The rest of the series won’t air until April 2014.

The documentary will feature interviews with historians David McCullough, Robert Dallek and Robert Caro, plus people who experienced historic events of the decade firsthand, including Dan Rather and Robert MacNeil.