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"The Wire" as a reality show?

That appears to be what the cable news channel CNN is thinking with "Chicagoland," a new unscripted series about the Windy City from Robert Redford's Sundance Productions.

"Chicagoland," which is set to premiere on CNN early next year, will showcase Chicago's challenges with crime, education and public policy.

 “The vibrant culture and opportunities inherent in this 21st century, world-class city run alongside profound daily challenges,” said Robert Redford in a statement.

For CNN, the "Chicagoland" deal is the latest sign that Jeff Zucker, the new president of the cable channel, is looking to move beyond politics and war when it comes to programming. CNN has struggled against Fox News and MSNBC when there is not a major breaking story taking place.

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