Coming Soon: “Celebrity Inc.,” “Santas in the Barn”

In this week's round-up, new unscripted titles and documentaries are set to air on networks including Pop, truTV and HBO. (Pictured: Pop's Celebrity Inc.)
November 19, 2015

In this week’s round-up, new unscripted titles are to air on a range of networks, including HBO, Pop and truTV.

U.S. cable network Pop has set a late November air date for the celebrity-focused special Celebrity Inc. (pictured). Produced by Bungalow Media + Entertainment and Back Roads Entertainment, the hour-long special will provide an immersive look at the multi-billion-dollar industry of celebrity endorsements. Host and entertainer Melanie Brown will work closely alongside aspiring inventors to create, market and sell a self-endorsed product. The winning selection will then be launched at the Edison Nation marketplace. Celebrity Inc. premieres November 30 at 9 p.m. EST/PST on Pop.

Elsewhere, U.S. broadcaster truTV is gearing up for the arrival of Father Christmas with its month-long holiday competition series Santas in the Barn, airing twice a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Hosted by Jon Gabrus, the Half Yard Productions-made 8 x 60-minute program will pit 10 Santas from across the U.S. in a raft of Christmas-themed challenges that include chimney climbing, gift wrapping, sleigh riding and gingerbread house building in an attempt to discover the nation’s Best Santa and a chance to win US$100,000. The series will debut on December 2 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Meanwhile, Time Warner-owned premium cable net HBO has set a December 7 air date for Leah Wolchok‘s Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists.

Produced by Davina Pardo, the film is to offer a window into the iconic American magazine and its cartoon editor Bob Mankoff, as well as the weekly open-call cartoon contest and the process of creating and publishing the evocative single-panel illustration. The film, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, also includes interviews with editor David Remnick, graphic novelist Liana Finck, cartoon legends Roz Chast and Mort Gerberg, and a raft of New Yorker staffers.

The feature-length documentary will bow across HBO on December 7 at 9 p.m. EST/PST and will also be made available on SVOD services HBO Now and HBO Go.

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