In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are scheduled to premiere across ESPN doc strand ’30 for 30′, National Geographic Channel, AMC and Animal Planet.
U.S. net National Geographic Channel is set to follow a group of survivalists through the plains of Tanzania in the October Films-made endurance series Mygrations.
The 6 x 60-minute docuseries will follow a group of 20 men and women made up of ex-special forces, survivalists, athletes and zoologists as they navigate – without map or compass – a 200-mile, six-week wildebeest migration from the Serengeti to the Mara River in Tanzania. The series will air globally on National Geographic Channel on May 23 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, as well as on Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo.
Elsewhere, Discovery Communications-owned channel Animal Planet will introduce audiences to Texas Game Wardens who protect the Lone Star State’s wildlife. Produced by Engel Entertainment, Lone Star Law will shadow rangers as they patrol more than a quarter-million square miles of deserts, lakes, bayous and woodland and encounter dangerous situations from large-scale poaching cases and flash floods to illegal smuggling operations and rescuing injured wildlife. The series premieres on June 2 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.
ESPN Films’ highly anticipated five-part documentary event O.J.: Made in America (pictured) will explore the themes of race and celebrity in the U.S. through the lens of O.J. Simpson’s rise and fall.
The nearly eight-hour miniseries will examine Simpson’s 1995 criminal trial for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her acquaintance Ronald Goldman. The episodic docuseries will also focus on Simpson’s successes as a running back with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, his celebrity away from the football field and his eventual incarceration in 2007 on numerous felonies, including armed robbery and kidnapping. The first episode will premiere on ABC on June 11 at 9 p.m. EST/PST before moving to ESPN for the remaining four episodes airing June 14 to 18. Read realscreen‘s profile on the Ezra Edelman-directed series here.
Finally, AMC has set a June 11 air date for the Stephen David Entertainment- and Sundance Productions-made event series The American West.
The eight-part series will provide an in-depth look into America’s violent infancy between the years of 1865 and 1890 while chronicling the stories of such Western legends as Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull. The series features exclusive interviews with classic Western film heroes as Robert Redford, who serves as executive producer, James Caan, Burt Reynolds, Tom Selleck, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Harmon and Ed Harris. The American West bows June 11 at 10 p.m. EST/PST on AMC.