In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to debut across PBS doc strand ‘American Masters,’ Z Living and Showtime.
Showtime will look to chronicle the life and death of two-time NCAA Division I college football champion Lawrence Phillips in Ross Greenburg’s documentary Running for His Life: The Lawrence Phillips Story.
The film peels back the curtain on the cycle of domestic violence that plagued the running back during his University of Nebraska days in the mid-1990s and short NFL career that followed, including several convictions for domestic abuse and assault with a deadly weapon. Featured interviews in the doc include football legends Tom Osborne, Dick Vermeil, Steve Young and Nick Saban. Running for His Life: The Lawrence Philips Story premieres Dec. 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.
Elsewhere, PBS doc strand ‘American Masters’ will explore the visionary work of seminal Finnish-American modernist architect Eero Saarinen.
Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future follows Saarinen’s son Eric as he examines his father’s life work by visiting sites Eero’s designed, including St. Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch, New York’s TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport, and the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. The film, which bows Dec. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, also features rare archival interviews with Eero; his second wife, The New York Times art critic Aline Saarinen; architects Kevin Roche, César Pelli, Rafael Viñoly; and Robert A. M. Stern; and industrial designer Niels Diffrient. The doc is a co-production of Peter Rosen Productions, Thirteen Productions’ ‘American Masters’ for WNET, and Detroit Public Television in association with YLE.
Premiering Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, the series follows award-winning photographer and New York Times best selling author Seth Casteel as he chooses three canine candidates that meet the health, wellness and lifestyle needs of prospective pet parents. Each episode of the series will see Casteel providing dog behavioral tests as the future dog owners will spend time with each furry friend before determining which dog will come home with them.