Breaking News – Showtime Documentary Films Announces New “Confirmed” Docuseries (w/t) Directed By Dawn Porter


A four-part series tells the timely history of the Supreme Court from the 1950s to the controversial present

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LOS ANGELES – June 28, 2022 – SHOWTIME Documentary Films today announced the release of CONFIRMED (w/t), a new docuseries from Emmy(R) nominated director Dawn Porter (The Way I See It, John Lewis : Good Trouble). The four-part series traces the modern history of the Supreme Court, as well as the people, decisions, and confirmation battles that have shaped the United States. Produced by Trilogy Films and Sony Pictures Television, the docuseries will premiere in early 2023. The announcement was made by Vinnie Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Nonfiction Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.

From the right to privacy, to access to the ballot and all of the rights protected by the Constitution, the nine unelected justices of the Supreme Court have the final say on the issues that shape our democracy and our daily lives. The series unfolds in a deeply consequential year, from the historic confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson, the fallout of an unprecedented leak from inside the chambers of the Court and a Supreme Court, remade by the former president Donald Trump, following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. To understand this critical moment, the series returns to the Court in the 1950s, when Chief Justice Earl Warren heralded an era of progressive court decisions that charted the zigzag path the country still follows today. As the Court’s role in American society grows increasingly important and hotly contested, CONFIRMED (w/t) reveals how deeply the country’s history is shrouded in Supreme Court deliberations and examines what it means means for America’s future.

“You can easily argue that more than any election or institution, the future of the United States will be dictated by the actions of the Supreme Court,” Malhotra said. “CONFIRMED will provide much-needed context to how we got to this moment, while breaking up the whirlwind of activity that is altering the course of the nation this very year.”

“We’ve been working on this show for months now, but I recently started describing it as a thriller,” Porter said. “We are literally trying to follow a seemingly endless story of change. SHOWTIME had the presence of mind to commission this project long before we knew what monumental changes would occur during production. We hope everyone tunes in to find out more about one of the most powerful influences in America. The Supreme Court determines our basic rights and privileges. We all need to know how it works.

Porter’s recent work includes The Me You Can’t See, produced by Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry, Emmy nominated The Way I See It, John Lewis: Good Trouble and Gideon’s Army, for which she was nominated for an Emmy and a movie. Independent Spirit Award as director.

The documentary is produced for SHOWTIME by Trilogy Films and Sony Pictures Television. In addition to the director, Porter serves as an executive producer, along with Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman for Sony Pictures Television.

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