Docs

Coming Soon: “Kalief Browder Story,” “Parched”

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 ...
February 23, 2017

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.

National Geographic Channel is preparing for the television premieres of feature doc Water & Power: A California Heist and limited series Parched, two projects from Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney.

Directed by Emmy Award-winning director Marina ZenovichWater & 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.

Produced by Jigsaw Productions, the limited series bows March 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Directors include Jed Rothstein, Johanna Hamilton and Doug Shultz.

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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