Docs

Coming Soon: “Gleason”, “Everest Rescue”

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to debut across Netflix, Amazon, Discovery Channel and DIY Network. Digital streaming giant Netflix is soon to debut Chasing Cameron, a ...
December 21, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to debut across Netflix, Amazon, Discovery Channel and DIY Network.

Digital streaming giant Netflix is soon to debut Chasing Cameron, a new doc series that follows 21-year-old Californian social media star Cameron Dallas on the first MAGCON (Meet and Greet Convention) international tour.

Produced by Magical Elves and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, the series explores the highs and low of being a digital celebrity, contrasting the difference between the public persona and private life of Dallas. The tour takes him and his friends through North America, Europe and Australia where they star in stage shows that get up close with fans. The series is set to premiere on Dec. 27 on Netflix.

Debuting on SVOD service Amazon Prime Video is the new bio on ALS-diagnosed former professional football player Steve Gleason.

Filmed over a five-year period, Gleason follows the former New Orleans Saint safety after he is diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and the birth of his first child. One of 15 films shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary, its story pulls on the heartstrings as Gleason attempts to impart as much of his personality and beliefs as he can to his son before he dies. The Dear Rivers Productions- and IMG Films-made film is slated to bow across Amazon Prime Video on Dec. 29.

Elsewhere, Discovery Channel is going to the highest place on Earth with its new docureality series about helicopter pilots who rescue climbers on Mount Everest.

Produced by UK indie betty,  Everest Rescue (6 x 60 minutes; pictured) follows pilots Jason Laing (New Zealand), Ryan Skorecki (America) and Lorenz Nufer (Switzerland), who are summoned when climbers are lost in one of most dangerous environments on the planet. Often considered the ultimate challenge for most mountain climbers, Mount Everest claims the lives every year of climbers and Sherpa, with an estimate of one death for every 10 climbers who reach the summit. The series bows Jan. on Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT  across Discovery Channel.

Finally, Scripps Networks Interactive-owned home lifestyle channel DIY Network will debut a pair of new shows focused on the revival of dilapidated properties.

Greenlit in March, Maine Cabin Masters features contractor Chase Morrill, along with his sister, his brother-in-law, and his best friend, working on restoring cabins deep in the forests of Maine. The foursome travels to century-old cottages, lakeside camp cabins, and in one case, a cabin on an island, to attend to repairs and renovations each property has needed for decades. The Dorsey Pictures-made series premieres Jan. 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Produced by Mighty Fine Entertainment, Restored will document preservationist Brett Waterman as he tries to find the hidden charm in old homes that have been left to decay. From Craftsman, Victorian, Spanish and mid-century modern homes, Waterman will restore the style and sensibilities that made these old homes so popular in their day. Restored airs Jan. 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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