In this week’s round-up, new unscripted and documentary titles are on the way for ESPN, Animal Planet and HBO.
Discovery Communications-owned cable network Animal Planet is racing into High Noon Entertainment’s self-shot adventure special Melting: Last Race to the Pole. The film recounts the journey of accomplished polar explorer Eric Larsen and extreme mountaineer Ryan Waters as they traverse 480 miles of thinning ice and glacial waters in an attempt to reach the North Pole in 48 days. The two-hour documentary premieres on December 9 at 9 p.m. EST/PST across Animal Planet.
Elsewhere, U.S. cable network ESPN is readyingthe next installment of ESPN Films’ critically acclaimed 30 for 30 series.
Produced by NFL Films and directed by Ken Rodgers, Four Falls of Buffalo (pictured) will explore the dysfunctional and dynamic Buffalo Bills between 1990 and 1993, in which the football franchise would appear in and lose four straight NFL Super Bowl titles. But what’s remembered most is not the loss of four championship games, but how they were lost. The film features interviews with former teammates Jim Kelly, Scott Norwood, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith and Bill Belichick. Four Falls of Buffalo is set to air on December 12 at 9:30 p.m. EST/PST on ESPN.
Previously slated to debut on December 14, the 87-minute film offers an in-depth look at the troubled Russian ballet company following a January 2013 acid assault on its artistic director and the ensuing arrest of male soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko. The film weaves together backstage footage, ballet performances and exclusive interviews with a number of Bolshoi dancers to examine the storied institution amidst internal strife and police investigations.
Bolshoi Babylon will now premiere on HBO on December 21 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, and be made available across digital platforms HBO Now and HBO Go.