In this week’s round-up, new unscripted series and documentaries are slated to premiere across such networks as Fox, Bravo, WE tv, and SVOD giant Netflix.
Produced by Lion Television, each episode of the series trails actor and musician Ray J as he chauffeurs one single hopeful across town in a “tricked-out SUV” to meet five carefully chosen mates. The single dater will present a raft of games, challenges and questions to each participant in order to select one match to join them for a romantic weekend getaway. The series, which is based on a format created by Matar Productions and Zig Zag Productions, premieres April 1 at 10 p.m. EST/PST on WE tv.
Hosted by WWE wrestler John Cena, the series will follow 16 civilians as they face military-grade, survival-themed challenges in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. Trained by four top-ranking personnel from the country’s most exclusive military units, known as “The Cadre,” contestants will be divided into teams of four and put through various mental and physical challenges that incorporate communication, mental prowess, physical strength and adaptability. The first team to successfully complete each obstacle as a group will be safe from elimination.
Meanwhile, each episode culminates in an endurance-based obstacle course code-named “The Circus” where the only way for a contestant to lose is by giving up or “ringing out,” thereby forfeiting their chance to win the US$1 million grand prize.
Digital streaming service Netflix, meanwhile, will broadcast Jon Greenhalgh’s Team Foxcatcher on April 29.
The film, which makes its world premiere at next month’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, chronicles American philanthropist and self-styled wrestling coach John Eleuthère DuPont and the murder of world champion wrestler David Schultz. The film, which was produced by Neil Fazzari, features unseen home video, archive footage and interviews. Jeremy Bailer and Ben Hatta served as executive producers.
Finally, NBCUniversal-owned cable net Bravo Media will expand on its lavish mega-yacht franchise with a new European locale on May 3.
Below Deck Mediterranean will document the lives of crewmembers living and working aboard a 150-foot mega-yacht as it undertakes a new charter season across the Greek islands. Each episode of the series will follow crews as they juggle personal issues with their professional lives while catering to a new group of elite guests. The 51 Minds-produced series bows May 3 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, with a half-hour preview on March 23 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.