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Coming Soon: “Rats,” “The Traffickers”

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to debut across National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Investigation Discovery and Fusion. Discovery Channel is slated to premiere Morgan Spurlock‘s ...
October 20, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to debut across National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Investigation Discovery and Fusion.

Discovery Channel is slated to premiere Morgan Spurlock‘s forthcoming horror documentary on a city’s “most unwanted inhabitants” in the lead up to Halloween.

Rats (pictured), which made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, profiles the lives of the titular rodents and is based on Robert Sullivan’s critically acclaimed book Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the Cities Most Unwanted Inhabitants. Produced by Spurlock’s Warrior Poets in association with Discovery Channel, Dakota Group and Submarine Deluxe, the 84-minute film will air Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery.

Elsewhere, sister station Investigation Discovery will delve into well-known American crime stories in partnership with People magazine.

People Magazine Investigates will recount such high profile cases as the Grim Sleeper serial killer, the disappearance of Shannan Gilbert, and the murder of six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey. Through interviews, first-hand accounts, archival footage and new facts and evidence, the 10-part series will look to reveal the impact each crime had on the communities involved, as well as pop culture. Produced by Radley Studios and People Productions, the series kicks off on Nov. 7 at 9 p.m. p.m. ET/PT.

Meanwhile, U.S. net Fusion and award-winning British journalist and television personality Nelufar Hedayat will explore the underground networks of the black market.

Produced by Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn‘s Lightbox Entertainment, The Traffickers (8 x 60 minutes) will follow Hedayat as she traverses 22 countries, from Colombia to Bulgaria, to shed light on a network of profit-driven dealers, compliant middlemen, bribe-taking officials, poachers and smugglers that drive the vast world of trafficking. The series, which bows Nov. 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, will spotlight such trafficking issues as human organs, children, guns, gold, sex, pharmaceuticals and pangolins, the most trafficked mammal in the world.

Finally, the highly anticipated documentary-scripted hybrid series Mars from Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment and Radical Media will make its world debut on National Geographic Channel next month.

The six-part series will examine the space race to Mars in the present day and the future through the story of a fictitious, crewed mission to Mars in 2033. The hybrid docuseries will feature interviews with such leading scientific figures as: Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX; Neil DeGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium; NASA administrator Charles Bolden; and Robert Zubrin, president of The Mars Society. The series premieres on Nov. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NGC and internationally in 170 countries and 45 languages on Nov. 13.

The network will further extend the story of Mars through the six-part virtual reality companion prequel series Before Mars, which will launch prior to the premiere at www.MakeMarsHome.com.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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