Coming Soon: “Winsanity,” “Trapped”

In this week's round-up, new unscripted titles are slated to air on PBS doc strand 'Independent Lens,' Investigation Discovery, Destination America and GSN. (Pictured: GSN's Winsanity)
May 19, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are scheduled to premiere across PBS doc strand ‘Independent Lens,’ Investigation Discovery, Destination America and GSN.

U.S. cable net Investigation Discovery is set to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the massacre at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in the third installment of its three-part doc series ‘Hate in America.’

Produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions and hosted by veteran journalist Tony Harris and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Hate in America: Lone Wolves centers on various acts of domestic terrorism conducted by “lone wolf” perpetrators. The film will follow Harris across the U.S. as he investigates three distinct attacks while delving into the psychological mindset of each shooter. The hour-long special will air on May 21 at 8 p.m. EST/PST across Investigation Discovery. The second installment of the three-part series, A Town on Fire, premiered on the network in March.

Elsewhere, Discovery Communications-owned sister network Destination America will fire up the barbecue on its forthcoming cooking competition Smoked.

The Citizen Pictures-made series, which debuts June 1 at 10 p.m. EST/PST, will feature two pitmasters with a personal history battling through three rounds of head-to-head showdowns to prove who’s the better meat-smoker. The series will be hosted by three-time world BBQ champion Myron Mixon alongside a rotating panel of all-star judges to decide each competitor’s chances at a cash prize and a shot at the finale.

Meanwhile, U.S. cable net GSN is readying the premiere of its latest play-along game show format Winsanity (pictured).

Hosted by actor Donald Faison of Scrubs fame, the 40 x 30-minute series will feature contestants attempting to rank 10 surprising facts in numerical order, from highest to lowest. Each time a contestant is correct, they – and a select portion of the studio audience – win a prize. If they’re wrong at any point, they and the selected audience lose everything, and a new contestant takes his or her place and continues the game. The Electus-made game show airs across GSN on June 9 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Finally, PBS doc strand ‘Independent Lens’ will televise Dawn Porter‘s feature-length documentary Trapped on June 20 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

The 90-minute doc, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, follows such abortion providers as doctors, clinic owners and staff in Alabama and Texas as they attempt to keep their facilities open in the face of hostile politics and TRAP laws – Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers – which reproductive rights advocates believe are designed to restrict access to abortion.

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