In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to debut across TLC, Food Network, Netflix and Animal Planet.
Discovery Communications-owned lifestyle net TLC is making some space for a 25-member-strong family in the Discovery Studios and MysticArt Pictures-made series Meet the Putmans.
Bill and Barb Putman like to keep their family close, and this series documents how they live alongside their four children, their children’s spouses and 15 grandchildren all under one roof. Perhaps most shocking of all is that 25 people somehow need to share a mere two washrooms. Greenlit in March 2016, the series premieres on Jan. 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on TLC.
Produced by Valastro’s Cakehouse Media, the new competition series puts four mystery bakers through culinary trials to see whose desserts can satisfy a panel of judges. The winner takes home a US$10,000 pay day if they’re a pro, but if an amateur pulls out an upset, the pot is sweetened with a grand prize of $15,000. The series is similar to the Cooks vs. Cons series, also produced by Cakehouse Media, and similarly promises to engage audiences at home as they’re tasked to guess along with the judges whether or not each baker is a pro or poser. Bakers vs. Fakers premieres Jan. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network.
Digital streaming giant Netflix, meanwhile, is looking to unravel the world of design with a new docuseries from Radical Media and Tremolo Productions.
Abstract: The Art of Design connects viewers to the world of design, taking them to the designers themselves to hear what inspires their art, and how they see design as part of our everyday lives. The series will mark its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, before debuting across the streaming service on Feb. 10.
Finally, animal lovers are invited to Animal Planet’s new talk show Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson.
Hosted by Emmy-nominated actor and comedian Anthony Anderson, the series invites a number of celebrity guests and animal experts to talk all things animals. Topics on the show range from viral videos, pop culture news and personal stories about all things furry, scaly and everything in-between. Celebrity guests for the first season include George Lopez, Bellamy Young, Cheryl Hines, Jerry O’Connell, Dermot Mulroney and Loni Love. Produced by Comedy Dynamics, the series begins Feb. 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Animal Planet, with a special preview airing Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. ET/PT.