Unscripted

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.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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