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Coming Soon: “Beyond A Year in Space,” “Who Killed Tupac?”

In this week’s roundup, non-fiction series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across PBS and its long-running doc strand ‘Independent Lens’, Oxygen and A&E. Female-skewing crime network Oxygen will venture into ...
November 9, 2017

In this week’s roundup, non-fiction series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across PBS and its long-running doc strand ‘Independent Lens’, Oxygen and A&E.

Female-skewing crime network Oxygen will venture into the mind of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in a two-night special beginning Nov. 11.

Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks will feature exclusive interview footage from investigative journalist Nancy Glass who had cultivated a relationship with Dahmer during his time behind bars, and will aim to shed light on the complicated murder investigation. The Glass Entertainment Group-produced series, which airs at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Nov. 11, provides an in-depth look at Dahmer through on-and-off-camera conversations detailing the convicted killer’s disturbing crimes in his own words.

Dahmer committed the rape, murder, and dismemberment of 17 men and boys in Milwaukee between 1978 and 1991, before confessing to the gruesome murders.

American pubcaster PBS, meanwhile, will catch up with astronaut Scott Kelly as he adjusts to life on Earth after a record-breaking mission.

The follow-up documentary to last year’s A Year in Space special, Beyond A Year in Space follows Kelly’s final day in space and his return to Earth, tracking his homecoming after the longest mission in American history, in which he spent 12 months aboard the International Space Station. Exploring the effects of long-term space travel on the human body, the final installment also introduces viewers to the next generation of astronauts training to leave Earth’s orbit and travel into deep space. Beyond A Year in Space premieres Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS. A collaboration with Time Inc., the series is produced by Red Border Films in association with Reel Peak Films and Room 608.

Elsewhere, Johan Grimonprez’s feature-length documentary Shadow World will receive its television debut when it airs across PBS’s doc strand ‘Independent Lens’ on Nov. 20 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The 94-minute archive- and news footage-based film, which enjoyed its world premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, serves as an investigation into the multi-billion dollar global arms trade. Based on Andrew Feinstein’s acclaimed book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, the doc explores how governments, their military and intelligence agencies, defense contractors, arms dealers and agents are intertwined with the international weapons trade. The film was produced by Dillywood and Louverture Films, with coproducers Onomatopee Films and Final Cut for Real.

Finally, A&E Network’s reboot of its ‘Biography’ strand will investigate the untimely death of one of hip-hop’s most influential artists in a six-part series.

Produced by Renegade 83 in association with FGW Productions, each installment of the six-hour limited series (pictured) follows civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump as he conducts a full-scale investigation into pivotal theories behind the artist’s murder 20 years after the fact, as well as including key aspects of the legendary artist’s life. The project features exclusive interviews with eyewitnesses, family, friends and colleagues. Who Killed Tupac? debuts Nov. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.

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