Coming Soon: “Star Plates,” “Driving with Selvi”

In this week's round-up, realscreen looks at unscripted and documentary projects coming to Travel Channel, Food Network, Pivot and PBS doc strand 'POV'. (Pictured: Driving with Selvi)
September 22, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to air across Travel Channel, Food Network, Pivot and PBS doc strand ‘POV’.

Scripps Networks Interactive-owned Food Network is to roll out its star-studded culinary program Star Plates on Sept. 27.

Produced by Authentic Entertainment, Flower Films and Bumble Pie Productions, the six-part series pits celebrities in the kitchen with their favorite chefs. Each star will learn to make their favorite dishes while servicing a dining room brimming with paying customers. The series features such celebs and professional restaurant chefs as Colin Hanks, Minka Kelly, Mindy Kaling, Alyson Hannigan, Susan Feniger, Marcus Samuelsson, Dakota Weiss and Geoffrey Zakarian. It premieres Sept. 27 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

Elsewhere, PBS doc strand ‘POV’ will present Sharon Shattuck‘s portrayal of an American family coping with one of life’s most intimate transformations.

From This Day Forward, which premiered at last year’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, recounts the story of the Shattuck’s father who came out as transgender while she was in middle school. The film follows Shattuck and her parents as they reunite to plan her wedding while seeking a deeper understand of how her parents’ marriage, and their family, survived intact. The doc makes its television debut on Oct. 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Meanwhile, millennial-focused cable net Pivot is slated to honor International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11 with the television premiere of Elisa Paloschi‘s Driving with Selvi (pictured).

Eleven years in the making, the 74-minute film follows Selvi over a period of 11 years, during which she talks candidly about her past life as a child bride. Married off on her 14th birthday, the young girl managed to escape the grasp of her abusive husband before learning to drive and becoming one of South India’s first female taxi driver. Driving with Selvi bows across Pivot on Oct. 11 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Finally, Travel Channel will reveal the challenges and stories behind one of the world’s most dangerous locations in the BCII-made docuseries Everest Air.

The 6 x 60-minute series, which debuts Oct. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, chronicles the adventures of a band of multinational search and rescue helicopter pilots and medical units working to extract injured individuals from the elevated peaks of Mount Everest.

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