In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction specials and documentaries are slated to debut across Bravo Media, Travel Channel, PBS ‘Independent Lens’ and National Geographic.
Scripps Networks Interactive-owned Travel Channel will embark on a globe-spanning quest with adventurer and explorer Josh Gates as host.
Produced by Ping Pong Productions, Josh Gates’ Destination Truth will journey to 50 “breathtaking” sites – from Machu Pichu, Peru and Petra, Jordan to Egypt’s deserts and the icy shores of Antarctica, across 43 hour-long episodes in search of the truth behind some of the world’s most unusual mysteries. Josh Gates’ Destination Truth premieres May 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel.
Elsewhere, NBCUniversal’s Bravo Media will launch getaway series Invite Only Cabo on May 21.
Slated to premiere at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the 495 Productions-made destination series will follows celebrity hair stylist Larry Sims and six of his closest friends – all of whom know virtually nothing about one another – on vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Sims and his friends will navigate betrayal and jealousy, as old wounds resurface and new relationships form while on the shores of paradise.
Alix Blair and Jeremy Lange‘s feature-length documentary Farmer/Veteran, meanwhile,will receive its television debut when it airs across PBS’s long-running doc strand ‘Independent Lens’ later this month.
The 82-minute film, which premiered at the Dallas International Film Festival in April, focuses on war veteran Alex Sutton who, after three combat tours in Iraq, trades in his assault rifle to hatch chicks and raise goats on 43 acres in rural North Carolina.
The film follows Sutton on his journey to find healing through farming as he becomes detached from reality, cycling between states of heightened awareness and “feeling zombified” from a cocktail of prescriptions meant to keep him stable. Farmer/Veteran will broadcast May 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.
Finally, National Geographic Documentary Films is readying the television premiere of Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested‘s intimate war portrait Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS (pictured).
The 99-minute film, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, pulls from nearly 1,000 hours of visceral archive footage to examine the political and social consequences, as well as the human toll, of the ongoing humanitarian crises of the fall of Syria, the rise of ISIS and the role played by the West. Hell on Earth features exclusive interviews with activists, journalists, diplomats, human rights workers, politicians and ordinary citizens to capture a unique portrait of life in war-torn Syria.
The doc will debut globally on National Geographic in 171 countries and 45 languages on June 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.