In this week’s round-up, new unscripted titles are set to air on a range of networks, including The Weather Channel, Channel 4, PBS’s ‘American Experience’ and Lifetime.
U.S. net The Weather Channel is readying the premiere of Weather Gone Viral , focusing on video clips and interviews of perilous and humorous meteorological events that have made the rounds online. Featuring clips of a beach proposal gone awry, rock climbing sessions threatened by flash floods and a tornado in a trailer park, the Peacock Productions-made series will launch tonight (August 6) at 10 p.m. EST/PST.
Elsewhere, British pubcaster Channel 4′s Made In Chelsea: LA will mark its debut on August 10 at 9 p.m. GMT on the youth-oriented channel E4. Produced by the NBCUniversal International Television Production arm Monkey, the 6 x 60-minute series will follow a raft of British and American cast members as they embark on a summer in Hollywood and its glitz and glamour with new friends, hangouts and hobbies.
Meanwhile, A+E Networks Asia-owned net Lifetime will serve up culinary competition series MasterChef Asia (pictured) on September 3 at 9 p.m. The Singapore-based format is to showcase a series of amateur chefs from China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam competing in a series of challenges for the opportunity to pen their own cookbook, various prizes amounting to US$75,000 and a paid internship at one of Carlton Hotel Singapore’s restaurants. Endemol Southeast Asia produced the 15-episode series.
Finally, PBS doc strand ‘American Experience’ will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the man behind the world’s most beloved cartoon character Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney.
The two-part documentary is to highlight the life and legacy of the cartoonist through rare archival footage from the Disney vaults and interviews with historians, biographers, animators and artists who worked on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, as well as the engineers and architects responsible for designing the Disneyland theme parks. Walt Disney is set to bow on back-to-back nights on September 14 and 15 at 9 p.m. EST/PST on PBS’s ‘American Experience.’