Docs

Coming Soon: “Unrest,” “Undercover High”

In this week’s roundup, new unscripted series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across PBS’s ‘Independent Lens’, Oxygen Media, A&E and HGTV. Crime-focused network Oxygen Media is preparing to examine potential ...
December 20, 2017

In this week’s roundup, new unscripted series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across PBS’s ‘Independent Lens’, Oxygen Media, A&E and HGTV.

Crime-focused network Oxygen Media is preparing to examine potential wrongful convictions behind bars with the real-time investigation series Final Appeal.

The Peacock Productions-made series will follow former Atlanta Falcons linebacker and exoneree Brian Banks and former prosecutor Loni Coombes as they work to uncover the truth behind controversial cases that may have led to wrongful convictions. The duo investigate criminal cases and meet with the defense and prosecution to unearth both sides of the story while also consulting with investigators and forensic experts to separate fact from fiction.

Banks, who now serves as a spokesperson for the California Innocence Project, was wrongfully convicted of rape in 2002. After serving more than five years behind bars, he was fully exonerated after his accuser confessed to fabricating the attack.

Final Appeal premieres on Oxygen Media on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

American pubcaster PBS’s long-running doc strand ‘Independent Lens’ is preparing to share the television broadcast premiere of director Jennifer Brea’s debut documentary Unrest¬†(pictured).

The 98-minute film, which was recently shortlisted for a 2018 Academy Award, follows Brea, a Harvard PhD student about to marry the love of her life. when she is struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden. In the months following her wedding,¬†Brea becomes progressively more ill,¬†discovering from her own research that she suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome. The doc follow Brea’s journey, shining a light on the millions of others who are confined to their beds and homes. Unrest broadcasts across ‘Independent Lens’ on Jan. 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Lucky 8 TV’s Undercover High,which will follow seven young adults enrolled for a semester in a Kansas high school, has received an early January air date from A&E Network.

The docuseries will trace the lives of seven participants, aged 21 to 26, as they embed themselves in the culture of Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas. Posing as typical students, the overagers will attend class, make friends, and participate in school clubs and activities to provide insight into the modern-day teenager. Each episode will follow the participants as they discovery the challenges and complexities that are facing today’s teens, from the pervasiveness of social media, bullying and navigating evolving social standards. Undercover High debuts Jan. 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.

Finally, Nashville will be the latest city to join the Flip or Flop franchise on do-it-yourself network HGTV this January.

Flip or Flop Nashville will feature exes-turned-business-partners DeRon Jenkins and Page Turner as they run a house flipping and renovation business in Tennessee. Throughout the eight-episode series, Jenkins and Turner work to transform rundown properties into modernized dream homes in the Nashville area. Flip or Flop Nashville launches Jan. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the Scripps Networks Interactive-owned HGTV.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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