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Coming Soon: “Sunshine Superman,” “Iconic Comedy”

In this week's round-up, new unscripted series and documentaries are set to air on truTV, American Heroes Channel and CNN. (Pictured: CNN's Sunshine Superman)
January 14, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new unscripted series and documentaries are on the way for truTV, American Heroes Channel and CNN.

Turner Broadcasting System-owned channel CNN has slated the Marah Strauch-directed Sunshine Superman for a January 17 broadcast.

Produced by Scissor Kick Films, Flimmer Films and Submarine Entertainment, the film documents Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE jumping movement, and partner Jean Boenish, whose early passions for skydiving led them to foot-launched human flight.

The doc, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival,¬†interweaves archival footage with new photography and reenacted events to paint an intimate portrait of the Boenishes and the early days of the extreme sport. Sunshine Superman airs at 9 p.m. EST/PST on January 17 across CNN. The film will be made available via CNN’s website and mobile platforms, and On Demand for seven days via CNNgo.

Elsewhere, Discovery Communications-owned broadcaster American Heroes Channel will chronicle the birth of law enforcement in America through the Cineflix Productions-made American Lawmen.

The 8 x 60-minute series is set to recount the citizens who first picked up the badge and helped establish an organized law enforcement unit during one of the most disorderly times in American history. The series debuts on February 17 at 10 p.m. EST/PST on AHC.

U.S. network truTV, meanwhile, is gearing up to unveil its documentary anthology series truOriginals: Inside Iconic Comedy. Produced by New York-based production outfit Left/Right, the eight-part series will provide first-hand accounts and behind-the-scenes access to film casts and crews from some of the funniest movies in Hollywood history. truOriginals: Inside Iconic Comedy bows on February 29 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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