In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across National Geographic, PBS arts strand ‘American Masters’, Z Living and Discovery Channel.
Louis Black and Karen Bernstein‘s feature-length documentary Richard Linklater: dream is destiny (pictured) will receive its television debut when it airs across PBS’s long-running ‘American Masters’ banner.
The film provides an unconventional look at the independent filmmaking style that emerged from Austin, Texas in the 1980s and 1990s with the Boyhood helmer as its poster boy. The doc draws upon exclusive archival footage, early screenplays, journals and interviews with Linklater and his family, colleagues and collaborators including Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane and Kevin Smith. It also follows the acclaimed director as he makes his next feature Everybody Wants Some, a follow-up to his 1993 film Dazed and Confused.
Produced by Black/Bernstein Productions and Arts+Labor in association with Picturebox, Richard Linklater: dream is destiny premieres Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.
Meanwhile, Discovery Channel is gearing up to premiere a new series slated to follow the career of esteemed NYPD detective Ralph Friedman.
Produced by Jupiter Entertainment, Street Justice: The Bronx will provide insight into the more than 2,000 arrests made by Friedman, the most decorated detective in NYPD history, on the streets of the Bronx. The series pulls the curtain back on crimes committed during New York’s most violent years (the 1970s and 1980s), from murder cases and undercover busts to deadly shootouts in broad daylight and the manhunt for a ruthless serial rapist. The series debuts Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery.
Elsewhere, National Geographic will unveil Academy Award nominee Martin Desmond Roe’s hour-long human endurance special Breaking2.
Produced by National Geographic Studios in association with Dirty Robber, Breaking2 documents the year-long journey of three elite distance runners and their teams as they attempt to break the two-hour marathon barrier. The doc, which airs Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, intersects technology and the human spirit by bringing viewers to rigorous testings in wind tunnels and running labs in the U.S. and balancing training with their everyday lives in eastern Africa.
Finally, health-focused entertainment network Z Living is limbering up for the premiere of Yoga Girls on Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Produced by Charlie Ebersol‘s The Company, the original docu-soap will follow an elite group of nine yoga instructors on LA’s Westside as they compete to build their client rosters as they navigate conscientious capitalism, as well as their personal lives and professional agendas. The series traces each yogis’ practice and lifestyle both on and off the mat in the exclusive yoga enclaves of Santa Monica and Venice, California.