In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series are slated to debut across Smithsonian Channel, MTV and Spike.
Viacom-owned net MTV is slated to premiere a one-hour doc on LA-based transgender and gender non-conforming youth as part of its Transgender Awareness Week programming.
Transformation follows the stories of six trans and gender non-conforming youth at the Los Angeles LGBT Center as they receive makeovers and mentorship from non-conforming hairstylist Madin Lopez in the face of homelessness, unemployment and gender identity issues. The film, produced by 1/27 Pictures, debuts on MTV on Nov. 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Smithsonian Channel, meanwhile, is set to recount major events that have shaped modern history through rare news archive in the 1895 Films-produced docuseries The Lost Tapes.
The series will forego narration or interviews and instead rely entirely on radio reports, television footage, rarely seen photographs and other mediums to showcase the moments as they happened, raw and unfiltered. The inaugural episode will examine the attacks on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 4at 9 p.m. ET/PT to pay tribute to the 75th anniversary that pushed the U.S. into WWII. Subsequent episodes will premiere throughout 2017 timed to their anniversaries and include the LA riots; the capture of the Son of Sam; and the kidnapping of Patty Hearst by domestic terrorist group the Symbionese Liberation Army.
Finally, U.S. broadcast network Fox is inviting viewers over for dinner beginning Jan. 12 with its adaptation of popular Australian series My Kitchen Rules (pictured).
The eight-episode culinary competition series will pit celebrity duos against one another as they cook and critique each other’s cuisine in swanky Hollywood homes. Hosted by professional chefs Curtis Stone and Cat Cora, the series will feature such celebrities as *Nsync member Lance Bass, R&B artists Brandy and Ray J, comedian Andrew Dice Clay, country singer Naomi Judd and reality TV star Brandi Glanville. Produced by 7 Beyond for Seven Productions, the series kicks off Jan. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.