Coming Soon: “Countdown to Zero,” “Racing Extinction”

In this week's round-up, new unscripted and non-fiction titles are on the way from Discovery, HBO, WE tv and FYI. (Pictured: Vice and HBO's Countdown to Zero)
November 26, 2015

In this week’s round-up, new unscripted and non-fiction titles are on the way for such networks as WE tv, Discovery, HBO and FYI.

Youth media company and digital content creation studio Vice Media and premium cabler HBO are readying the World AIDS Day premiere of Countdown to Zero. The investigative special will feature Vice founders Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi as they examine the challenges in ending the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, as well as interviews with patients battling HIV/AIDS and medical researchers manning the front lines against the disease. The special will debut across HBO, and its digital properties HBO Go and HBO Now, on December 1 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Elsewhere, Discovery Channel will globally broadcast Louie Psihoyo’s highly-anticipated Racing Extinction on December 2 at 9 p.m. EST/PST across its 220 international markets within a 24-hour time period commencing in New Zealand and concluding in the U.S.

The multi-location, 90-minute film follows Psihoyos and his team from the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS) as they covertly navigate some of the world’s most dangerous black markets to expose the endangered species trade while documenting the link between carbon emissions and species extinction.

Meanwhile, A+E Networks-owned channel FYI is set to follow five African-American women from New York City as they navigate the modern dating culture in search of love in #BlackLove. Produced by Kinetic Content, the 10 x 60-minute series will shadow the five women as they attend love-related workshops led by two relationship experts who provide the group with constructive commentary and help them unlock underlying relationship issues. The series premieres December 8 at 10:15 p.m. EST/PST.

Finally, Carmen Electra will help the recently uncoupled find reconciliation on U.S. net WE tv’s forthcoming dating docuseries Ex Isle. Set to bow on January 8 at 10 p.m. EST/PST, the 495 Productions-made, 10 x 60-minute series will follow five recently separated couples as they’re put through a number of exercises to end their dysfunctional relationships in order to find closure and form new healthy relationships. The five separated couples will then get the chance to explore new love when they’re joined by 10 singles.

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