In this week’s roundup, new non-fiction series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across Discovery Channel, World Channel’s documentary strand ‘America Reframed’, Science Channel and Smithsonian Channel.
The 103-minute film, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in January, chronicles the stories of four unconventional conservation heroes working to protect America’s heartland and coastline – from the Montana Rockies to the fields of Kansas and the Gulf of Mexico. Produced by McGee Media, in association with The Public Good Projects, the film is narrated by Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist Tom Brokaw.
Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman premieres August 31 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery ‘Impact’ imprint, which is focused “on humankind’s impact on the environment” and the solutions available to societies.
Elsewhere, Discovery’s sister network Science Channel will look to explore mysterious causes of the April 1986 Chernobyl disaster, the largest nuclear accident in history.
Mysteries of the Abandoned: Chernobyl’s Deadly Secrets will follow engineer Philip Grossman as he travels to Chernobyl’s highly dangerous exclusion zone in an effort to unravel the mystery behind what caused the 1986 nuclear reactor explosion. Grossman will pursue leads that hint at possible CIA espionage and an internal Soviet cover-up. The Ping Pong Productions-made special launches Aug. 31 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Science Channel.
Smithsonian Channel, meanwhile, will embark on a journey across the globe on some of the world’s most luxurious trains.
Mighty Trains will voyage to some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world aboard locomotives. The series will join expansive train lines to meet the engineers and crews behind each machine, while navigating honeymooners through Canada’s diverse terrain and commuters across Japan’s earthquake-prone tectonic plates. Mighty Trains is produced by Bell Media/Exploration Production Inc. and rolls out Sept. 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.
Finally, World Channel’s documentary strand ‘America Reframed’ will provide Deirdre Fishel and Tony Heriza’s acclaimed feature documentary Care with its national television broadcast on Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
With major funding from the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the 70-minute cinéma vérité film pulls back the curtain on the largely unseen world of paid home care while exposing a largely broken system. Care will trace the stories of care workers and their clients as they struggle to care for the elderly and their families with poverty wages while also capturing the creation of a movement seeking to improve elderly care in the U.S.