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Coming Soon: “The Disappearance of,” “Active Shooter”

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across National Geographic, Oxygen Media, HBO and Showtime. NBCUniversal-owned Oxygen will broadcast the second series in its The Disappearance ...
September 14, 2017

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across National Geographic, Oxygen Media, HBO and Showtime.

NBCUniversal-owned Oxygen will broadcast the second series in its The Disappearance of… franchise across the women-focused crime network later this month.

The Disappearance of: Maura Murray (pictured) will dive head first into unnerving suspicion and conspiracies surrounding the mysterious vanishing of the young nursing student after a February 2004 car crash in New Hampshire. The six-part event series follows investigative journalist Maggie Freleng and former U.S. Marshal Art Roderick as they attempt to unravel new and unexplored leads, eyewitness discrepancies, missing evidence and questionable actions into Murray’s perplexing cold case. Produced by Texas Crew Productions, the docuseries premieres Sept. 23 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Max Pozdorovkin’s feature-length documentary Clínica De Migrantes, meanwhile, will receive its television debut when it airs across HBO at the end of the month.

The 40-minute vérité film will provide an in-depth look into the Puentes de Salud health clinic in South Philadelphia to spotlight the bonds between doctors and their uninsured Latino immigrants. Clínica De Migrantes followsexecutive director Dr. Steve Larson and his team of volunteers as they attempt to keep their practice running while navigating a raft of obstacles to provide underserved, undocumented immigrants with necessary medical care.

The film airs Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT during Hispanic Heritage Month, exclusively on HBO. It will also be available on HBO Latino, HBO on Demand, HBO Now, HBO Go and affiliate portals.

Elsewhere, National Geographic’s American High School is slated to follow teenagers from Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School in South Carolina through the ups and downs of their senior year of secondary school.

American High School will capture an in-depth look into the life-changing moments of these teenagers’ journey to adulthood. Profiled in the docuseries will be the institution’s principal Dr. Stephen Peters and his African-American student body, including star football players, Ivy League hopefuls, male cheerleaders and young mothers as they attend homecoming, senior prom, dates and graduation. Produced by London-based Swan Films, the four-part series debuts Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Finally, Showtime is gearing up to roll out an eight-part docuseries set to explore mass shootings in an effort to inspire a more thoughtful and sober dialog.

Produced by Eli Holzman‘s The Intellectual Property Corporation, Active Shooter: America Under Fire will investigate a series of mass shootings from the perspective of the victims and first responders to offer a comprehensive examination of each tragedy. From the 2012 Aurora, Colorado theater shooting to the 2016 shooting at Orlando gay nightclub Pulse, the series will unfold the traumatic events of each mass shooting and their aftermath to inspire a new narrative about the gun epidemic. The series will launch Sept. 29th at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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