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Coming Soon: “Mama June,” “Tickled”

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to debut across Bravo, WE tv, PBS doc strand ‘American Masters’ and HBO. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star Mama ...
February 16, 2017

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to debut across Bravo, WE tv, PBS doc strand ‘American Masters’ and HBO.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star Mama June is slated to return to primetime television in WE tv’s Mama June: From Not to Hot.

Produced by Thinkfactory Media, the 7 x 60-minute docuseries will follow Mama June, otherwise known as June Shannon, as she embarks on a life-changing quest of physical and emotional self-discovery set to redefine who she is as a woman, mother and celebrity. Cameras will chronicle Mama June’s adventure as she undergoes a series of extensive plastic surgeries and intensive workouts. The series, which airs Feb. 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, will also feature Honey Boo Boo;Pumpkin; Big Mike; Doe Doe; Amber; Sugar Bear and his soon-to-be-wife Jennifer; andpersonal trainer Kenya Crooks.

Elsewhere, U.S. premium net HBO is readying the television premiere of David Farrier and Dylan Reeve’s acclaimed documentary Tickled (pictured).

The investigative film, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, follows journalist Farrier as he delves into the world of “competitive endurance tickling,” where young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, before stumbling upon decades of abuse.

Immediately following the premiere, HBO Documentary Films will debut The Tickle King, an exclusive 20-minute follow-up featuring previously unseen footage documenting what happened to the filmmakers as the doc screened at film festivals in 2016. Tickled debuts Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and will also be available across HBO Now, HBO Go, HBO on Demand and affiliate portals.

American pubcaster PBS, meanwhile, will march into Women’s History Month with the world premiere of Patsy Cline: American Masters as part of the 31st season of Thirteen’s ‘American Masters’ doc strand.

Narrated by Rosanne Cash and produced by TH Entertainment, the film will document the life and career of the influential country musician who broke down barriers of gender, class and genre before her untimely death at the age of 30 on March 5, 1963. The doc features exclusive archival material from the Cline estate, rare performances and interviews with Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Wanda Jackson, Beverly D’Angelo. Patsy Cline: American Masters bows March 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Finally, NBCUniversal-owned net Bravo Media will head to America’s heartland with the premiere of Evolution Media’s Sweet Home Oklahoma. 

The docureality series follows an eccentric, unfiltered group of friends deep in the Bible belt as they navigate life in the Oklahoma City enclave of Nichols Hills. Cameras will detail the daily triumphs and struggles of Jennifer Welch, Josh Welch, Lee Murphy and Angie “Pumps” Sullivan as they resist conservative conventions and challenge small-city societal norms. Sweet Home Oklahoma broadcasts across Bravo with back-to-back episodes on March 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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