Unscripted

WGN America targets reality with “Outlaw,” “Wrestling”

U.S. net WGN America launches its first two non-scripted series, with Wrestling with Death (pictured) launching in January and Outlaw Country premiering in February.
November 7, 2014

U.S. cable network WGN America is entering the non-scripted TV series game.

Tuesday, January 13 will mark the 10 p.m. EST premiere of WGN America’s first reality series Wrestling with Death, which tells the story of Arkansas family the Lathams: morticians by day, wrestlers by night.

As dual business owners of the Wilson Funeral Home in Osceola and the Mid-Southern Championship Wrestling League, the Lathams’ story will unfold over 12 x 30-minutes.

Wrestling with Death is produced by Leftfield Pictures in association with Espiritus Productions, with Leftfield’s Brent Montgomery, David George, Alex Weresow and Jordana Hochman serving as exec producers alongside Espiritus’s Bill Katz and Michelle Katz. Bill and David Duncan serve as consulting producers.

In late February, WGN America’s second non-scripted series makes its bow: the 7 x 60-minute docudrama Outlaw Country, which chronicles the battle in Buckner, Missouri, between law enforcement siblings Steve and Mike Cook – Sheriff and head of the Buckner Criminal Task Force respectively – and a duo who they suspect are responsible for the town’s rise in crime.

Exec produced by Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey for Bischoff Hervey Entertainment, the network says producers were given unfettered access to both camps to get the full story.

Outlaw Country premieres February 24 at 10 p.m. EST, with Robert Kaprill and Peter Karlin also serving as executive producers.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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