In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across MTV, PBS arts strand ‘American Masters’, CBC and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
Pamela Tom’s feature-length documentary Tyrus will receive its television debut when it airs across PBS’s long-running ‘American Masters’ banner this Friday.
The documentary will explore the life and career of influential under-credited Guangzhou-born, American artist Tyrus Wong, best known for his work on seminal Disney animated feature Bambi. The film, through unseen artwork, archive footage and interviews, will document how Wong, who died last year at the age of 106, overcame a life of poverty and racism to become a celebrated painter who once exhibited with Picasso and Matisse, and a Disney Legend. Tyrus premieres tomorrow (Sept. 8) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.
The 78-minute film traces First Nations youth and their families in Saskatchewan who compete in the first-ever provincial and national Canadian Spelling Bee. The film will provide intimate images as families navigate the hardships of life on the Saskatchewan Reserves. Bee Nation airs Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT across weekly doc brand ‘CBC Docs POV’.
Elsewhere, Viacom-owned youth-focused network MTV is taking a walk down memory lane with the Superdelicious-produced competition series 90′s House.
Hosted by Christina Milian and Lance Bass, the series will place 12 millennial housemates into a 90′s-inspired home where they will unplug from technology. Each episode of the series, which debuts on Sept. 26 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, sees contestants facing off in elimination-styled 90′s-themed challenges for the chance to win US$90,000, a Mazda Miata and two VIP tickets on a 90′s cruise. Guest stars will include the likes of Mario Lopez, Tatyana Ali, Michelle Williams, Joey Fatone, Marques Houston, Tyson Beckford, Salt N’ Pepa, Kid N’ Play, Bill Bellamy, Joey Lawrence, Kel Mitchell and Lori Beth Denberg.
Produced by Lucky 8 TV, the program will feature intimate first-person narratives of formerly incarcerated individuals as they’re released from prison and restart their lives. Released will follow each individual for the first 90 days as they attempt to reconnect with loved ones, establish their independence and regain control over their previously abandoned lives.