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Coming Soon: “Two Towns of Jasper,” “Breaking Bass”

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across go90, PBS doc strand ‘POV’, American Heroes Channel and Channel 4. Discovery Communications-owned network American Heroes Channel ...
August 10, 2017

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across go90, PBS doc strand ‘POV’, American Heroes Channel and Channel 4.

Discovery Communications-owned network American Heroes Channel is slated to recall the domestic terror attack by Timothy McVeigh on April 19, 1995 with an hour-long special from ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions.

Oklahoma City Bombing: As We Watched will chronicle that April morning when a Ryder rental truck packed with nearly 5,000 pounds of explosives was detonated directly below the daycare center of the nine-story Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The blast, carried out by McVeigh and Terry Nichols, killed 168 people, including 19 children as young as four months old. More than 650 people were injured in the bombing that destroyed or damaged an additional 324 buildings in the immediate vicinity.

Premiering Aug. 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the one-off will transport viewers back to that spring day through archival footage from ABC News to detail how law enforcement and the FBI tried to piece together who could have carried out the attack in the days and weeks following the devastation.

Elsewhere, Whitney Dow and Marco Williams‘ feature-length documentary Two Towns of Jasper (pictured) will be rebroadcast across television to celebrate the 30th anniversary of PBS’s long-running doc strand ‘POV’.

Originally presented in January 2003 during ‘POV’s 15th season, the film explores race relations in the town of Jasper, Texas, following the 1998 murder of James Byrd, Jr. at the hands of three white supremacists who chained Byrd to a pick-up truck and dragged him three miles to his death. The filmmakers spoke to 30 Jasper citizens —evenly divided between black and white — compiling more than 240 hours of footage to reveal a legacy of mutual distrust between various races in Jasper, as well as wildly differing accounts of the state of race relations in the town. Two Towns of Jasper will enjoy its encore broadcast on Aug. 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on PBS and will be streaming on pov.org  through Sept. 12.

Meanwhile, English television presenter Noel Edmonds is gearing up to return to daytime TV in a new gameshow for British pubcaster Channel 4.

Produced by London-based shop Hat Trick Productions, Cheap Cheap Cheap will showcase contestants attempting to win £25,000 (US$32,000) inside Noel’s Store, a quirky general store filled with eccentric items. The 30 x 60-minute gameshow will feature participants tasked with guessing the cheapest of three items presented to them, with the winners receiving the life-changing sum. The series debuts Aug. 14 at 3 p.m. BST on Channel 4.

Finally, shortform wildlife digital series Breaking Bass from Authentic Entertainment will join Complex Networks’ summer slate on Aug. 15 via go90.

The 16 x 11-minute wildlife docuseries will follow the adventures of two young fishermen – Carnell”Dimension” Lee and Oliver Ngy – as they travel to lake towns throughout the country to share their contemporary approach to big bass catching with fishing novices. The series will also document the pair as they venture onto dry land to “get a feel” of each area by exploring the lake towns they visit across such locales as Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas.

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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