Coming Soon: “Awkward Game Show,” “Tesla”

In this week's round-up, realscreen looks at unscripted and documentary projects coming to Spike, CBC documentary series 'Firsthand,' Pivot and PBS history series 'American Experience'. (Pictured: That Awkward Game Show)
September 29, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to air across Spike, CBC documentary series ‘Firsthand’, Pivot and PBS history series ‘American Experience’.

Millennial-focused cable net Pivot will look to answer whether there is a good time for a woman to settle down in its latest documentary 35 and Single.

Premiering Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, the film will offer an in-depth look into modern day relationships as it follows director Paula Schargodorosky as she tackles societal pressures of marriage. The film investigates whether Paula must settle down or if she can continue living as a free spirit. It will also air in Spanish across Univision as part of Pivot’s joint venture with Univision News.

Elsewhere, Viacom-owned cable network Spike has teamed with A. Smith & Co. Productions to expose uncomfortable truths between family members.

Beginning Oct. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, That Awkward Game Show (11 x 60 minutes; pictured) will feature actor and comedian Jeff Dye as he hosts parents and their adult children as they compete to win a cash prize while exposing “shocking truths” about their next of kin. Three teams of two — comprised of one parent and one adult child — will attempt to determine which embarrassing facts belong to their teammate.

Meanwhile, Canadian pubcaster CBC documentary series ‘Firsthand’ will explore one family’s struggle with mental illness in Jeff Newman‘s Being Greene.

Produced by Nüman Films, the hour-long doc will provide an intimate look at the Greene family as they battle through mental illness. Dave Greene, father and Elvis tribute artist, is a hoarder; mother and writer Roxie endures unipolar depression; son and beatboxer Kane sufferes from anxiety and suicidal tendencies; and Quinn, the eldest son and actor, serves as the family caretaker. The film, which airs Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, follows the family on their journey to build a better and happier future.

PBS ‘American Experience’ will paint a portrait of the man who envisioned the wireless age on Oct. 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The David Grubin Productions-made Tesla will profile inventor Nikola Tesla who gained international fame for inventing a system of alternating current, which made possible the distribution of electricity over large distances and serves as the basis for the electrical grid that powers modern day life. The David Grubin-directed film will also highlight the Serbian-American inventor’s ability to imagine such creations as robots, radios, radar and the wireless transmission of messages and pictures.

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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.