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Coming Soon: “White Rabbit,” “Wheel”

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series are slated to debut across WEtv, Netflix, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. Digital streaming giant Netflix has recruited three MythBusters alums for its latest unscripted ...
December 8, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series are slated to debut across WEtv, Netflix, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.

Digital streaming giant Netflix has recruited three MythBusters alums for its latest unscripted series.

White Rabbit Project (pictured) will feature former Discovery stars Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara as they venture down the rabbit hole to investigate “weird and wonderful events” from across the genres of pop culture, science and history, placing technology, heists and jailbreaks under the microscope.

The Beyond Productions-made science series premieres on Friday (Dec. 9) on Netflix, which earlier this week announced nearly 20 unscripted series heading to the platform in 2017.

Elsewhere, WEtv will invite viewers to join the ghost-hunting team Official Paranormal Operations (OPO) as they investigate some of the most haunted places in Los Angeles.

Produced by Gurney Productions, Ghosts in the Hood will venture across the Californian city to solve client’s strangest and unexplained supernatural phenomena, from a spirit plagued piñata shop to a grocery store afflicted by the practice of Santa Muerte, a female deity of Mexican folk religion and a personification of death. Ghosts in the Hood bows on WEtv on Jan. 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Animal Planet, meanwhile, will introduce audiences to a volunteer-run organization as they assist animals in need no matter the time or place.

Debuting Jan. 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, The Guardians from Earth Touch USA will follow volunteers from Guardians of Rescue as they provide care to a variety of animals in distress, from neutering feral cats and removing puppies from violent situations, to renovating an RV for a veteran and his dogs and building new enclosures for animals in need.

Finally, Discovery Channel will put a new spin on the survival genre with its long-awaited series The Wheel.

The series will feature six survivalists spinning a wheel that will place them in isolated and grueling ecosystems from across South America over a 60-day period. Unbeknownst to contestants, the wheel will turn and send each person to a new eco-zone. Participants will be equipped with light survival packs and SOS devices as they traverse freezing tundra, rugged mountains and treacherous rainforests to procure food, water and shelter. As the wheel turns again, challengers will be thrust into a new landscape, forced to use completely different skill sets to survive. The Pilgrim Media Group-made program airs Jan. 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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