In this week’s round-up, new unscripted series and documentaries are slated to premiere across such networks as FYI, Netflix and PBS’s ‘American Experience’ strand.
SVOD service Netflix is preparing a global roll-out of its latest culinary docuseries Cooked (pictured) on Friday (February 19).
The four-part series from author Michael Pollan and Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney focuses on the primal human need to cook while examining the traditions lost in translation. The coproduction between Netflix and Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions will take audiences on an international journey from Australia and Morocco to Peru while centering on the historical impact the elements – fire, water, air and earth – have had in the kitchen.
Elsewhere, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is heading back to the New Jersey boardwalk as she jump-starts a career in flipping houses with husband Jionni Lavalle in tow.
FYI’s Nicole & Jionni’s Shore Flip, which is produced by eOne, will follow the couple as they put their own money on the line to completely overhaul a home on the New Jersey shore. Debuting on February 24 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, each episode of the 8 x 60-minute series will center on a different area of the property while showcasing the daily struggles of undertaking a major home renovation on top of juggling careers and raising two young children.
Premiering on March 1 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, the doc tells the overlooked story of some of the first group of researchers that would utilize helium balloons to send Captain Joseph Kittinger into the stratosphere – more than 100,000 feet above Earth – in 1959.
The aerospace research – which was later eclipsed by NASA’s astronaut program - consisted of a series of parachute jumps as part of the Project Excelsior, with the purpose of testing a new parachute system intended for pilots ejecting from high altitudes.