Coming Soon: “Long Lost Family,” “(T)error”

In this week's round-up, new unscripted titles and documentaries are slated to air on such networks as TLC, Discovery Life Channel, Bravo, WE tv and PBS's 'Independent Lens' showcase. (Pictured: Long Lost Family)
February 11, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new unscripted series and documentaries are slated to premiere across such networks as TLC, Bravo, WE tv, Discovery Life Channel and PBS’s ‘Independent Lens’ strand.

WE tv has announced the air date for its upcoming ensemble unscripted series, Sisters in Law. The 8 x 1-hour series follows a group of elite black female attorneys as they take on tough criminal and civil cases. The legal docuseries is produced by Collins Avenue Entertainment.

Bravo, meanwhile, is unveiling another entry in its Real Housewives franchise on April 11. The Real Housewives of Dallas will feature five Southern socialites who will give the ladies of Southfork a run for their money. The series, which has been joined by a Potomac edition of Housewives in Bravo’s schedule this year, is produced by Goodbye Pictures.

Discovery Life Channel will provide an inside look at one of America’s busiest and most unique emergency rooms.

Produced by Cineflix Productions, the 6 x 60-minute Sin City ER– formerly Vegas 911– reveals the real-life medical dramas and the stories of survival that unfold at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas. The series, which debuts on February 12 at 10 p.m. EST/PST, will feature first responders, medical personnel and patients detailing first-hand accounts and recreations of mysterious illnesses, infections, poisonings, major trauma events and “Vegas only” accidents.

Elsewhere, TLC will broadcast the 3 Ball Entertainment-made series Fat Chance. The eight-part series is set to shadow eight individuals on their journey to find love by shedding excessive weight and overcoming their lack of confidence.

With the help of a personal trainer, each episode follows one participant’s attempt at losing a targeted amount of weight while confronting emotional roadblocks in order to confess hidden feelings to “a special someone they’ve never had the courage to approach.” Fat Chance premieres on February 24 at 10 p.m. EST/PST on TLC.

The Discovery Communications-owned network will also broadcast a U.S. version of the popular UK format Long Lost Family (pictured) on March 6 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

The eight-part series, produced by Shed Media, will shadow hosts Chris Jacobs and Lisa Joyner as they assist individuals to reunite with their birth parents, biological families or children placed for adoption after prolonged periods of separation. The format has been popular in a number of territories, including the Netherlands, the UK, Ireland, Norway, Hungary, Italy, Denmark and Germany.

Meanwhile, PBS documentary strand ‘Independent Lens’ will feature Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe‘s film (T)error. The doc, which received the special jury prize at 2015′s Sundance Film Festival, raises questions about the balance between civil liberties and national security.

The film, which airs at 10 p.m. EST/PST on February 22, follows a 62-year-old former Black Panther turned FBI informant during an active seven-month counter-terrorism sting operation.

(With files from Barry Walsh)

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