Manet, Madonna on Ovation’s January slate

Documentaries about Impressionistic painter Manet and pop star Madonna (pictured), as well as reality shows So You Think You Can Dance and Artstar, are among the titles that will air on the American arts and culture cable net this month.
January 2, 2013

Documentaries on Impressionistic painter √Čdouard Manet and pop star Madonna, as well as reality series So You Think You Can Dance and Artstar, are among the titles on Ovation’s slate for this month.

The arts- and culture-focused U.S. cable network aired the American premiere of the Waldemar Januszcak-hosted doc Manet: The Man Who Invented Modern Art on January 1, and will air Madonna: Truth or Dare (pictured), the classic 1991 documentary about the Material Girl’s Blond Ambition tour, on January 6; the three-part doc Dance School: Juilliard on January 21; Who The #&% is Jackson Pollock, a doc about a truck driver who may have bought a Pollock painting at a garage sale on January 24; and the David LaChapelle-directed dance doc Rize on January 28.

Reality and factual titles due to air in January include season nine of dance competition series So You Think You Can Dance on January 4; the rebroadcast of original series Song by Song: Johnny Cash on January 13; and seasons one and two of New York City art competition show Artstar, which began airing on December 31.

“This January’s lineup is just the beginning of what we have in store for viewers in 2013. Look for more original series, coproductions and premieres,” said Robert Weiss, the network’s chief creative officer, in a statement.

Weiss joined Ovation last month from Hollywood-based digital media company EQAL. He will oversee the strategic and creative direction across all media platforms, including  programming, development, marketing, branding, on-air promotions, production, public relations, acquisitions, program strategy, scheduling, talent relations, digital operations and research.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.