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Coming Soon: “Titanic: 20 Years Later,” “Lost Tapes: Patty Hearst”

In this week’s roundup, new unscripted series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across National Geographic, Smithsonian Channel, ABC and Fusion. National Geographic will commemorate the 20th anniversary of director James ...
November 23, 2017

In this week’s roundup, new unscripted series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across National Geographic, Smithsonian Channel, ABC and Fusion.

National Geographic will commemorate the 20th anniversary of director James Cameron’s epic romance-disaster film Titanic with an hour-long event special.

Titanic: 20 Years Later with James Cameron (pictured) will celebrate the Academy Award-winning blockbuster film, with Cameron taking audiences through his production journey based on what evidence was available at the time. Cameron will also look back at the choices made during the film and put them to the test against new sources, including new underwater footage, computer-generated simulation and scholarly research. Directed by Tom Grane of Los Angeles-based Mob Scene, the film premieres Sunday, Nov. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Nat Geo.

Smithsonian Channel, meanwhile, is readying the latest installment of its The Lost Tapes franchise with the story of American heiress-turned-bank robber Patty Hearst.

The Lost Tapes: Patty Hearst recounts the 19-month saga in which Patricia “Patty” Campbell Hearst, the heiress of publishing giant William Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army. Months into her ordeal, Hearst renounced her family, her fiancé and became the machine gun-toting urban guerilla fugitive named Tania. The archive-based film features footage of Hearst’s first interview following her release, first-hand audio tapes of the kidnappers and rediscovered news footage to reexamine the story that held a nation in thrall. Produced by Tom Jennings‘ 1895 Films, The Lost Tapes: Patty Hearst debuts Nov. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Finally, Univision-owned cable channel Fusion TV will unveil the latest installment in its award-winning doc series The Naked Truth.

The Naked Truth: Trick Shots will examine the trafficking and exploitation of young athletes for profit by a network of coaches and con men. Presented by award-winning correspondent and investigative journalist Mariana van Zeller, the series will journey to Serbia in an effort to track down unscrupulous recruiters and to West Virginia, Georgia and Florida to meet the victims and confront the ringleaders while also shadowing law enforcement attempting to combat athletic trafficking. The Naked Truth: Trick Shots airs Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fusion.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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