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Coming Soon: “Mommy Dead and Dearest, “Long Strange Trip”

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction specials and documentaries are slated to debut across Amazon, Bravo Media and HBO. Bravo Media will look into the posh society of Savannah, Georgia in ...
April 27, 2017

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction specials and documentaries are slated to debut across Amazon, Bravo Media and HBO.

Bravo Media will look into the posh society of Savannah, Georgia in its latest docuseries.

Expanding on the Southern Charm franchise, Southern Charm Savannah follows six lifelong friends and socialites as they navigate their extravagant careers, legacies and personal relationships while attempting to leave a lasting mark on the world. Produced by Haymaker Productions, the series premieres May 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The NBCUniversal-owned lifestyle and entertainment brand will also open the door to Asylum Entertainment’s luxury home renovation series Cyrus vs. Cyrus: Design and Conquer.

Produced in association with Hope Town Entertainment, the series will feature the mother-daughter team of Tish and Brandy Cyrus as they provide a facelift to lavish homes in the Nashville area. Each 30-minute episode will feature the pair present competing ideas within a given budget to redesign a room in distress. The series will also feature other members of the Cyrus clan including Billy Ray, Miley, Noah, Trace and Braison. Cyrus vs. Cyrus: Design and Conquer airs May 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.

American premium cable net HBO, meanwhile, is gearing up to debut Erin Lee Carr’s true crime documentary.

Mommy Dead and Dearest (pictured), which premiered at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, explores the death of Dee Dee Blanchard at the hands of her daughter, Gypsy Rose, while untangling a web of lies, child abuse, mental illness, forbidden love  and one of psychology’s most controversial conditions: Munchausen by proxy syndrome. The film will feature exclusive interviews with Gypsy Rose Blanchard from behind bars. Mommy Dead and Dearest is scheduled to broadcast across HBO on May 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Finally, digital streaming giant Amazon will hit the open road with the presentation of Amir Bar-Lev‘s 239-minute profile on seminal psychedelic rock band The Grateful Dead.

Acquired ahead of its Sundance premiere and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Long Strange Trip will premiere across Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and UK on May 26 as a six-part docuseries. The project serves as the first full-length documentary to explore the band who would become one of the most influential musical groups of their generation. Through never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews, the doc charts the 30-year career of the American avant-garde rock band by probing the creative forces, subversive ambitions and interpersonal dynamics.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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