In this week’s roundup, new documentaries are scheduled to debut across Discovery Channel, HBO, OWN and CNN.
Discovery Channel will search for the hidden treasures left by infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar in the Blackfin-produced Finding Escobar’s Millions.
Debuting Nov. 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the series follows former CIA operations officers Doug Laux and Ben Smith as they’re provided with never-before-granted access in Colombia to hunt for Escobar’s alleged hidden fortune. Working with the original DEA agents that handled the Escobar case, the duo utilizes bleeding-edge technology and numerous inside sources to scour Colombia for clues he may have left behind.
Elsewhere, Alex Gibney and Blair Foster’s two-part, four-hour documentary Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge will receive its television debut via HBO on Nov. 6 and 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The 120-minute film (pictured), which will have its world premiere at the third annual SFFILM Doc Stories, chronicles the 1967 origins and early growth of the seminal and controversial music magazine as it evolved into a cultural and political pacesetter. The film, coproduced by Nevision Limited, Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions and Rolling Stone Productions, features testimonials from key contributors and rare archive footage.
Featured in the film are such iconic artists as The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, The Sex Pistols, The Clash and Ice-T, and music from Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Fleetwood Mac and Chance the Rapper. Jeff Daniels narrates.
A CNN Films copro in association with ZPZ Production, the 103-minute doc chronicles the life and legacy of celebrated chef Jeremiah Tower, one of the most controversial and influential – yet largely forgotten – figures in American gastronomy. The doc features archival footage, press accounts and interviews with such culinary artists and experts as Mario Batali, executive producer Anthony Bourdain, Wolfgang Puck, Martha Stewart and Ruth Reichl. Jeremiah Tower premieres Nov. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.
Finally, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is scheduled to air Trooper Entertainment’s docuseries Checked Inn in late November.
Produced in association with Lionsgate Television, the previously announced series documents former Essence magazine editor-in-chief Monique Greenwood as she runs her own upscale bed and breakfast in Poconos, Pennsylvania. Premiering Nov. 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the series will follow Greenwood, her husband Glenn and the staff at Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns as they attempt to provide guests with an unforgettable experience. Celebrity guests passing through include Grammy winner Peabo Bryson, hair care entrepreneur Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter, and Pastor John Gray and his wife Aventer. OWN will begin airing the series regularly on Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, starting Nov. 25.