Coming Soon: “Birth of Sake,” “America Divided”

In this week's round-up, we look at unscripted and documentary projects coming to Pop, WE tv, PBS documentary strand 'POV' and Epix. (Pictured: The Birth of Saké)
September 1, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to debut across Pop, WE tv, PBS documentary strand ‘POV’ and Epix.

Tonight (September 1) will signal the return to reality television for hip-hop power couple Jim Jones and Chrissy Lampkin.

Produced by Ish Entertainment, Jim and Chrissy: Vow or Never for WE tv will shadow the couple throughout Miami as they finally tie the knot. The Dipset rapper and his longtime fiancée have been dating for more than a decade and engaged to be married on and off for the last five years. The series, which also features Nancy “Mama Jones” and other family and friends, will premiere at 10 p.m. ET/PT tonight.

Elsewhere, PBS documentary strand ‘POV’ will reveal the traditional techniques behind crafting saké, the celebrated Japanese rice wine.

Erik Shirai‘s The Birth of Saké – which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival - goes inside the Yoshida Brewery, a 144-year-old family-owned company in northern Japan, to capture the traditional saké-making process, which sees Yoshida employees spending nearly six months in “nearly monastic seclusion” to develop their world-renowned product. The doc enjoys its national broadcast debut on September 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Meanwhile, premium entertainment net Epix will follow celebrities as they explore aspects of inequality related to their own lives.

Slated to bow September 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, America Divided (5 x 60 minutes) features such celebrities as Norman Lear, Common, Rosario Dawson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Williams and America Ferrera as they deliver timely narratives around issues of inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system. The docuseries was created by Solly Granatstein, Lucian Read and Richard Rowley and is executive produced by Norman Lear, Shonda Rhimes and Common. It is produced by Divided Films in association with RadicalMedia.

Finally, U.S. network Pop will attempt to put together the next great American musical act in the Josephson Entertainment-made competition series American Supergroup.

The 8 x 60-minute music completion format will see a panel of music experts select 25 finalists who will be sectioned off into five groups of five members each – a guitarist, drummer, bassist, keyboardist and vocalist – as they evolve into what they hope will be a “supergroup.” Genres include pop, pop-country, traditional country, R&B and metal, among others.

The series is scheduled to air across Pop on October 11 and MTV Live on October 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT; and MTV Classic on October 14 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

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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.