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Coming Soon: “The Keepers,” “World of Dance”

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction specials and documentaries are slated to debut across NBC, PBS, DIY Network and Netflix. ABC News chief meteorologist and Good Morning America weather anchor Ginger ...
May 4, 2017

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction specials and documentaries are slated to debut across NBC, PBS, DIY Network and Netflix.

ABC News chief meteorologist and Good Morning America weather anchor Ginger Zee and her husband, NBC and Extra reporter Ben Aaron are slated to tackle their first home renovation in DIY Network’s Renovation Realities: Ben & Ginger. 

Produced by Picture Road Productions, the 4 x 30 minute series follows the couple as they ditch their cramped city life in New York to renovate a suburban fixer upper – gutted to the studs, removing walls and expanding the floorplan – into their dream home. Also getting down and dirty to lend a hand in the reno process are Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts, Amy Robach and Lara Spencer. The series premieres across DIY Network on May 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Elsewhere, PBS will launch Mutant Menu,its first long-form project produced by PBS Digital Studios.

The 37-minute documentary immerses viewers on a global journey to explore CRISPR’s revolutionary genome editing technology and examines the scientific, social and ethical implications of such biological advancements. Featured in the film are expert interviews with scientists, ethicists and YouTube personalities, including Mike Rugnetta of “PBS Idea Channel”, Kelsey Houston-Edwards of “Infinite Series”, and science journalist Bahar Gholipour. The film, which was created by BrainCraft‘s Vanessa Hill, will debut on May 10 across the “BrainCraft” YouTube channel.

Meanwhile, Netflix is gearing up for the launch of its new seven-part true crime docuseries The Keepers (pictured).

The docuseries follows a group of women seeking the truth about the 1969 murder of Baltimore nun Catherine Cesnik, whose body was found almost two months later. The series uncovers horrific secrets and pain that lingers nearly five decades after her death. The murder remains unsolved to this day. Directed by Ryan White and produced by Film 45, The Keepers premieres May 19 across the digital streaming giant.

Finally, American commercial broadcaster NBC is limbering up for dance competition series World of Dance with actor, singer and dancer Jennifer Lopez.

Produced by NBC’s in-house production arm Universal Television Alternative Studios in association with Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions, the 10-part series will pit some of the world’s best dancers in head-to-head competition as they vie for the chance to win a grand prize of US$1 million. In partnership with global dance brand World of Dance, solo artists will compete against duos and crews in a variety of choreography types, from hip hop, tap and ballet to krumping, popping and locking. World of Dance airs May 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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