Docs

Coming Soon: “Tell Them We Are Rising,” “Ugly Delicious”

In this week’s roundup, new unscripted series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across National Geographic, Netflix, TV One and PBS’s ‘Independent Lens’. Urban One-owned network TV One is slated to ...
February 15, 2018

In this week’s roundup, new unscripted series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across National Geographic, Netflix, TV One and PBS’s ‘Independent Lens’.

Urban One-owned network TV One is slated to provide its viewers with a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of influential comedians, musicians, actors and moguls when it premieres Uncensored on Sunday.

Produced by Swirl Films, the semi-autobiographical 10-part docuseries will explore the intimate lives of some of today’s most notable personalities, offering unprecedented access to such household names as Tiffany Haddish, LaLa Anthony, Tamar Braxton, Charlemagne Da God, Le’Andria Johnson, NeNe Leakes, Nia Long, Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg. Each celebrated individual will provide first-hand accounts of their road to success, as well as  in the places where their stories unfolded.

Uncensored debuts on TV One beginning Feb. 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Elsewhere, American pubcaster PBS’s long-running doc strand ‘Independent Lens’ is preparing to share the television broadcast premiere of director Stanley Nelson‘s acclaimed feature-length documentary Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities (pictured).

The 85-minute film from Nelson’s Firelight Media reveals the history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their influence on the country over their 150-year history. The doc also explores the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of injustice. Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities premieres Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS’s Independent Lens.

Digital streaming giant Netflix, meanwhile, is gearing up to plate the latest culinary docuseries from Academy Award-winning producer Morgan Neville.

Ugly Delicious, from Neville’s Tremolo Productions, will follow renowned chef and Momofuku restaurateur David Chang as he attempts to redefine comfort foods “as a vehicle to discuss cultural and political issues around the world.” Chang works to to break down cultural barriers, tackle misconceptions surrounding food and its aesthetics, and bring to light the cultural traditions and stories that are often not told.

Featured in the series are celebrity guests and feted chefs including Jimmy Kimmel, Chef René Redzepi and legendary writer Ruth Reichl. Ugly Delicious debuts across Netflix on Feb. 23.

Finally, Brett Morgen‘s feature-length documentary Jane will receive its television debut when it airs across National Geographic and Nat Geo WILD on March 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The acclaimed 90-minute film, produced by National Geographic Studios in association with Public Road Productions, profiles Goodall’s revolutionary research, her relationship with cameraman and husband Hugo van Lawick, and the Kasakela chimpanzee community that she studied in the Gombe Stream National Park, located in the western Kigoma Region of Tanzania. Jane enjoyed its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, where it picked up the Critic’s Poll for Best Documentary.

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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