Coming Soon: “Botched by Nature,” “The Bandit”

In this week's round-up, we look at unscripted and documentary projects coming to CMT, Travel Channel, E! and DIY Network. (Pictured: Jesse Moss' The Bandit)
July 14, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to debut across CMT, Travel Channel, E! and DIY Network.

NBCUniversal-owned entertainment channel E! will head back under the scalpel when its long-awaited plastic surgery spin-off Botched By Nature airs next month.

Produced by Evolution Media, the 8 x 60-minute series – which premieres August 3 at 9 p.m. EST/PST – follows Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif as they travel the country to transform the lives of patients afflicted by genetics and traumatic incidents. Episodes will see the surgeons embedding themselves with prospective clients to better understand their physical and psychological conditions, while weighing the risks and benefits of each surgery.

Elsewhere, U.S. net CMT is scheduled to air the The Bandit – the SXSW-premiering feature doc from The Overnighters director Jesse Moss – on August 6 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

The Bandit focuses on actor Burt Reynolds; his best friend, roommate and stunt-double Hal Needham; and the making of their 1977 feature film Smokey and the Bandit. The film features interviews, rare archival material and footage from Reynolds’ personal collection to trace the personal journey of the two friends and their work together on the Oscar-winning buddy comedy.

Meanwhile, Scripps Networks Interactive-owned net Travel Channel will offer a locals-only experience in its nomadic culinary series Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food.

The series will feature Zimmern as he takes a backseat and allows local taxi drivers to set the itinerary in an attempt to take viewers on an insider’s adventure to explore off-the-grid dives, regional eats and local activities. Locales featured in the series – slated to air on August 16 at 9 p.m. EST/PST – include Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Bangkok, Thailand; Berlin, Germany; Hyderabad, India; London, UK; Medellin, Colombia; and Chicago and Nashville.

Finally, Scripps sister net DIY Network is prepping its latest renovation series Raise the Roof, which debuts on August 16 at 11 p.m. EST/PST.

The seven-part series will follow contractor and real estate investor Keith Nylund and his team as they transform rundown historic homes in Denver, Colorado, into contemporary homes by removing the existing roofs and building vertically to provide some much needed additional square footage.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.