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Coming Soon: “Planet Earth II,” “Explorer”

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to debut across Freeform, Lifetime, National Geographic Channel and BBC. UK pubcaster BBC is gearing up to unleash its natural ...
November 3, 2016

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

UK pubcaster BBC is gearing up to unleash its natural history juggernaut Planet Earth II on the world this Sunday.

Narrated once again by Sir David Attenborough, the six x 50-minute blue chip docuseries will utilize the latest advances in filming technology – such as Ultra HD – to explore Earth’s jungles, deserts, mountains, islands, grasslands and cities, while revealing the characteristic animals living within them. Produced by BBC Studios Natural History Unit, the series premieres on the BBC in the UK on Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. GMT, followed by its U.S. debut in the New Year across BBC America on Jan. 28.

Elsewhere, National Geographic Channel’s flagship science series Explorer is returning to the net with a refreshed look.

The doc strand will be rebooted into an hour-long talk show weekly magazine-talk show hybrid hosted by Richard Bacon, and taped in front of a live studio audience in a studio in New York City. The National Geographic Studios-made series, which airs Nov. 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, will see Bacon moderating panel discussions and hard-hitting investigative stories from the world’s first beer pipeline to elaborate Indonesian funeral rituals. Correspondents include Nat Geo explorer Bryan Christy, Vice’s Ryan Duffy, Vice News’ Tania Rashid, BBC’s Tim Samuels, Francesca Fiorentini and Daily Show with Jon Stewart‘s Jena Friedman.

Disney-owned cable network Freeform, meanwhile, will catch up with The Bachelor contestants Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell beginning Nov. 15.

Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After? will chronicle the lives of the newly engaged couple as they attempt plan for their wedding while navigating their rocky relationship via couples counseling. The series will also see the couple taking to the open road to explore the U.S. countryside and dissect their life bond. Produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television, the series bows Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Finally, A+E Networks-owned channel Lifetime is set to follow the McInturff family in a special limited three-week docuseries.

Produced by Critical Content, Little Weddings will document Kelly McInturff and her siblings Kacy, TJ and Kensey as they run their Sassy Bash Events, a full service events company for little people in love. The series will shadow the family as they ensure nuptials go off without a hitch for their little clients while balancing the internal power struggles of owning and operating a family boutique. The series kicks off on Nov. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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