In this week’s round-up, new unscripted titles are on the way for Showtime, Netflix and Esquire Network.
SVOD service Netflix is readying the Friday (December 18) premiere of its highly-anticipated docuseries Making a Murderer.
Filmed over a 10-year period, the 10-part series from Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos focuses on Steven Avery, a man who was exonerated of an assault conviction – for which he spent 18 years in prison – in 2003, but charged in a new crime years later. Through archival footage and exclusive interviews with those closest to the case, the series is set to examine what went wrong in Avery’s assault conviction while tracking a new homicide investigation launched in 2005 and his ensuing trial.
Elsewhere, obstacle course competition series American Ninja Warrior will expand to a team event in the new year.
Produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions, the 8 x 60-minute Team Ninja Warrior sees 24 teams of three maneuvering through three time-tested rounds of obstacle course relay runs. The squads with the quickest cumulative times at the end of each episode will advance to the finale. Hosted by former NFL player Matt Iseman, sports analyst Akbar Gbajabiamila and Fox Sports reporter Alex Curry, the series is set to debut January 19 at 8 p.m. EST/PST on Esquire Network.
Meanwhile, premium cable net Showtime will infiltrate the deep web with the forthcoming docuseries Dark Net.
Set to premiere January 21 at 11 p.m. EST/PST, the 8 x 30-minute series will explore the darkest corners of the Internet underworld being exploited by cyber predators and criminals. Produced by Vocativ – a tech company that applies proprietary technology to search and monitor the deep web – Dark Net will shed light on such themes as bio-hacking, cyber-kidnapping, digital warfare, the illicit drug trade, pornography addiction and the webcam sex trade.