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Coming Soon: “Back in the Game,” “Wild Wild Country”

In this week’s roundup, new unscripted series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across CNN, Netflix, CNBC and Science Channel. American cable network CNBC is gearing up to share the goodhearted ...
March 8, 2018

In this week’s roundup, new unscripted series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across CNN, Netflix, CNBC and Science Channel.

American cable network CNBC is gearing up to share the goodhearted primetime special Back in the Game from SMAC Entertainment and Machete Productions.

The series will follow former MLB shortstop and third baseman Alex Rodriguez as he attempts to help former NBA power forward Joe Smith, who has lost almost all of the US$60 million he earned in his 16-year career, get back on his feet. Executive produced by Michael Strahan, Back in the Game premieres March 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CNBC.

Digital streaming giant Netflix will launch an investigative look into the events surrounding a cult community that takes up residence in the Oregon desert.

Directed by Chapman and Maclain Way, the six-part docuseries Wild Wild Country (pictured) will provide an in-depth look into the Rajneesh movement — a religious sect that followed the teachings of controversial Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh in Oregon in the early 1980s.

The series, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, will follow the conflict with local ranchers that ensued. The conflict resulted in the first bioterror attack in U.S. history occurred and served as the stage for the largest case of illegal wiretapping ever recorded. The Duplass Brothers Productions-made docuseries debuts March 16 on Netflix.

CNN, meanwhile, is gearing up to launch a six-part original series of its own.

Produced by Zero Point Zero, Christiane Amanpour: Sex & Love Around the World follows the internationally renowned journalist as she travels to Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East to meet locals shaping the modern ideas of intimacy and love, and those pushing the boundaries on sexual satisfaction, consent and connection. All six episodes of the CNN Original Series were directed by women. Sex & Love Around the World begins transmitting March 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Finally, Discovery, Inc.-owned network Science Channel will premiere a three-part docuseries that offers a revealing look at the history of the computer and tech industry.

Directed by Michael Schwarz, Silicon Valley: The Untold Story provide a comprehensive look into the area’s 150-year history and how it became a tech haven home to Apple, Facebook, Intel and Google.

Featured in the series will be interviews with some of the region’s most prominent innovators, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak; Y-Combinator founders Paul Graham and Jessica Livingston; Kyle Vogt, whose four-person self-driving car start-up was bought by General Motors for US$1 billion; and Intel co-founder Gordon Moore. All three episodes of the Kikim Media-produced series, which had support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, air March 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Science Channel.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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