In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to debut across Oxygen Media, MTV, WE tv and PBS arts strand ‘American Masters’.
Produced by Done + Dusted, the 10 x 60-minute multi-platform series features live performances from three different musical and comedic acts from the Imperial Arts Studios in downtown LA. The series serves as MTV’s first weekly, live music series in almost 20 years and will be hosted by Rachael “Steak” Finley, Myke Wright and Melissa “Lizzo” Jefferson. The premiere episode will showcase performances by Tinashe, Ty Dolla $ign and Broods, and will feature exclusive extended sets and allow viewers to follo artists in real time on Facebook Live and MTV.com.
Elsewhere, AMC Networks-owned WE tv is to take a deep dive into the off-screen drama of Latino Hollywood in Matador Content’s My Life is a Telenovela.
Set in Miami, the 8 x 60-minute series is to shadow a group of male and female Hispanic actors working across the competitive world of telenovelas. Established telenovela stars include Maria ‘Raquenel’ Portillo, Sissi Fleitas, Gustavo Pedraza, Enrique Sapene, Alina Robert and Liliana Rodríguez Morillo. The series, which premieres Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, features such dramas as cast members vying for the same role and Raquenel attempting to overcome a scandalous past filled with sex, murder and prison.
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (pictured) traces the life and career of the now 94-year-old television legend. Lear was responsible for such groundbreaking sitcoms as All In the Family, Maude and Good Times throughout the 1970s. With unprecedented access to Lear and his personal archives, the film interweaves stories of his troubled childhood and early career with his TV successes and political activism. The film is scheduled to air Oct. 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.
Finally, NBCUniversal-owned net Oxygen Media will test friendships in the Lighthearted Entertainment-made competition series Last Squad Standing.
Hosted by Girl Code‘s Alesha Reneé, the series sees three groups of friends from New Jersey, Baltimore and Detroit living together and competing in various physical challenges to test how durable their friendships are. When a team loses, one friend will be eliminated from the group. The squad with the most members standing claims the US$100,000 grand prize. Last Squad Standing bows Nov.r 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.