Coming Soon: “Castro,” “Space Escapes”

In this week's round-up, new unscripted titles are set to air on networks including Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel, Discovery en Español, Science Channel and HBO Sports. (Pictured: Castro: The World's Most Watched Man)
October 22, 2015

In this week’s round-up, new unscripted titles are to air on a range of networks, including Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel, Discovery en Español, HBO Sports and Science Channel.

U.S. net American Heroes Channel (AHC) is set to debut Castro: The World’s Most Watched Man (pictured), a one-hour film on the life of Cuban politician and revolutionary Fidel Castro.

Produced by Pacha Films, the special will examine the life and personality of the infamous political leader through the perspective of the spies who shadowed him for more than 50 years. The special will feature exclusive interviews with former CIA and KGB agents, operatives, and Cuban exiles that kept a close eye on his movements for over a half-century.

Castro: The World’s Most Watched Man will bow on October 22 at 10 p.m. EST/PST across AHC, and in Spanish on October 25 at 10 p.m. EST/PST on Discovery en Español as Fidel Castro En La Mira.

Elsewhere, U.S. cable network Investigation Discovery will premiere the Lincoln Square Productions-made series Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals on November 2 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The hour-long episodes will revisit the storied journalist’s most memorable one-on-one interviews with key personnel in each original case, while providing new insight and information.

Meanwhile, premium cable service HBO Sports will premiere the Liev Schreiber-narrated 90-minute documentary Kareem: Minority of One on November 3 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The film will provide an exclusive look at the life and career of NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – who was born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. – through interviews with former NBA greats including Larry Bird, Julius Erving and Magic Johnson, and such celebrities as Quincy Jones and Billy Crystal. Produced by HBO Sports and Mandalay Sports Media, in association with Iconomy Multi-Media & Entertainment, the film will also be available across the HBO Now and HBO Go platforms.

Finally, Discovery Communications-owned network Science Channel has set a November 10 air date for its latest space offering, Secret Space Escapes.

The ITV Studios America-made series will offer an inside look at the dangers of space exploration, with episodes recounting stories of astronauts relying on science to narrowly avoid disastrous accidents. The program, which broadcasts on November 10 at 10 p.m. EST/PST, will weave unreleased footage with first-hand accounts that recount crash landings, toxic ammonia breaches and improvisational repairs.

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