In this week’s round-up, new unscripted series and documentaries are on the way for Ovation TV, History, Bravo and HBO.
NBCUniversal-owned network Bravo Media is readying the latest premiere of its ever-expanding Real Housewives franchise.
Produced by True Entertainment, The Real Housewives of Potomac will plant itself in the gated mansion community of Potomac, Maryland. The series follows six affluent African-American women as they navigate through invitation-only prep schools and exclusive country clubs.
The Potomac cast will feature Gizelle Bryant, Katie Rost, Karen Huger, Charrisse Jackson-Jordan, Robyn Dixon, and Ashley Darby. The series will debut on January 17 at 9 p.m. EST/PST on Bravo.
Elsewhere, U.S. arts network Ovation TV is easing into awards season with the five-part interview series Los Angeles Times’ The Envelope (pictured). Airing on January 17 at 8:30 p.m. EST/PST, the series will feature Times film writers and hosts Rebecca Keegan and Mark Olsen as they discuss the filmmaking process with the year’s top directors and actors.
Produced by the Los Angeles Times in association with LA-based producer-distributor Contend, featured celebrities include Samuel L. Jackson, Steve Carell, Helen Mirren, Bryan Cranston, Paul Dano, Quentin Tarantino, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Charlotte Rampling, among others.
The 22 x 30-minute series, which premieres February 18 at 11 p.m. EST/PST, will feature a raft of famous guests including Judd Apatow, Jack Black, Julie Bowen, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Jay Leno and Elijah Wood as they discuss such provocative topics as history’s most influential drug, the most influential band and the most ill-fated presidential campaign. The talk show is produced by Comedy Dynamics and Green Mountain West, in association with Lionsgate TV.
Finally, the long-awaited boot camp documentary Rock and a Hard Place will broadcast across U.S. premium cable net HBO in May.
Produced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions and LA-based 44 Blue Productions, the film will chronicle 40 to 50 incarcerated youth as they’re offered the opportunity to trade their prison sentence for a “fresh start” by completing the rigorous six-month Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Boot Camp Program.
Inspired by his own run-ins with the law as a youth, Johnson visits the facility to inspire and encourage inmates to not only learn from their mistakes but become productive members of society. Rock and a Hard Place marks the second effort between HBO and Seven Bucks Productions, following the scripted football-focused series Ballers.