In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across MTV, PBS doc strand ‘POV’, Lifetime and Food Network.
A+E Networks-owned cable channel Lifetime is gearing up to broadcast an exclusive look at aspiring models attempting to make a name for themselves in the industry.
Growing Up Supermodel (pictured) from Evolution Media is slated to follow a group of hot young models risking it all to live up to the careers of their famous parents while learning that the industry is about hard work, and having a famous name can be a double-edged sword. The family docuseries will also unearth family themes and life stories through access to each of the model’s families. Growing Up Supermodel premieres Aug. 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.
Viacom’s youth-skewing network MTV, meanwhile, is looking to turn the heat up with its latest dating series MTV Undressed.
The Bunim/Murray Productions-made series has two strangers undress each other and get into bed together during a first date. The pair spends 30 minutes in bed wearing only their underwear, while a big-screen TV asks questions of the couple and assigns various tasks designed to foster a sense of intimacy. Once the 30-minute period is over, the pair decides whether they will remain in bed for the rest of the date, or leave the room. The entertainment format, which was originally created and produced by Magnolia Italy for youth channel Nove, airs on MTV on Aug. 16 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
Elsewhere, Scripps Networks Interactive-owned culinary channel Food Network is gearing up to hit the pavement for the classic American tradition – a family road trip in an RV.
Guy’s Family Road Trip will feature the Fieri family – Guy, wife Lori, and sons Hunter and Ryder – traveling across the American countryside in search of iconic locations and great food. From rafting in the Grand Canyon and driving Route 66, to national parks and roadside attractions, the family will embark on myriad local adventures while catching up with familiar Triple-D chefs and meeting new faces whipping up unique eats. Guy’s Family Road Trip debuts Aug. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Finally, Maite Alberdi’s feature-length documentary The Grown-Ups will receive its television debut when it airs across PBS’s long-running doc strand ‘POV’ next month.
The 82-minute candy-colored romance, which broadcasts Sept. 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, provides a glimpse into the lives of two middle-aged Chilean adults living with Down syndrome as they navigate the complexities of life. The film illuminates the legal, financial and societal restrictions that diminish the freedoms of Chile’s developmentally disabled population.