In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to debut across Discovery documentary strand ‘Impact,’ Netflix, PBS doc strand ‘POV’ and CBS Interactive.
PBS profiles two African-American teens from Chicago’s South Side as they dream of graduating high school.
Oscar-nominated Tod Lending‘s All the Difference follows Illinois teens Robert and Krishaun through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty as they attempt to beat the statistic that predicts they will drop out of secondary school. A copro of American Documentary and POV, the film enjoys its national broadcast debut on Sept. 12 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.
Narrated by actor Ryan Reynolds, the film will expose the history of the East Coast Canadian commercial seal hunt and the 40-plus years of ongoing activism attempting to bring the hunt to an end in the face of rising demand for fur in Asia. Huntwatch will debut Sept. 22 at 10 p.m. EST/PST under the ‘Discovery Impact’ banner, which is focused on developing at least six productions annually that highlight humankind’s impact on the environment.
Produced by Fly on the Wall Entertainment, in association with Endemol Shine North America, Big Brother: Over the Top will be hosted by Julie Chen and traces the movements of an all-new cast of house guests in the Big Brother House during the 10-week season. Viewers will be able to access such interactive features as 24/7 live feeds, chat and impact votes, as well as a weekly one-hour episode with live evictions. The digital enterprise launches Sept. 28 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.
Finally, global streamer Netflix will launch the broadcast debut of seminal filmmaker Werner Herzog’s anticipated volcano doc Into the Inferno (pictured).
The film – which premiered at Telluride Film Festival – features the German filmmaker as he teams up with volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer to investigate the relationship between volcanoes, the planet and human life, with Oppenheimer’s book Eruptions that Shook the World serving as a key inspiration. The film enjoys its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday (Sept. 13), and bows across Netflix Oct. 28.