In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to debut across National Geographic Channel, Travel Channel and Spike.
Scripps Networks Interactive-owned adventure net Travel Channel will look to cruise pristine waterways in Boat Buyers.
The series will spotlight premium aquatic vessels with high-end finishes and features, including full kitchens, leather lounge seating and boats that climb from sea to land. The premiere episode, which airs March 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel, follows a family in search of a boat to enjoy water activities on Lake Lewisville in north Texas.
Elsewhere, Spike, which is expected to be renamed the Paramount Network, is set to launch a six-part documentary event from Weinstein Television and rapper Jay Z.
Directed by Jenner Furst of The Cinemart, Time: The Kalief Browder Story (pictured) provides a comprehensive look at the story of Kalief Browder, a 16-year old high school student from the Bronx who spent three years on Rikers Island without ever having been convicted of a crime. Through first-person accounts, archive footage and cinematic recreations, the docuseries presents a definitive narrative of Browder’s life story, that became a symbolic touchstone for criminal justice activism and reform. The series debuts March 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Spike.
Directed by Emmy Award-winning director Marina Zenovich, Water & Power: A California Heist is slated to uncover the exploitation of California’s groundwater reserves and the privatization of water. Featured in the film are candid interviews with award-winning journalists, local citizens, activists, scientists, and environmental attorneys, among others.
The film, which screened at Sundance Film Festival, will air globally on National Geographic in 171 countries and 45 languages on March 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Meanwhile, Parched, a three-part docuseries narrated by Gibney, will examine the science and politics behind the looming global water crisis – from West Virginia and Michigan to Syria and India – while delving into issues such as privatization, factory farming, energy extraction and chemical dumping.