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Coming Soon: “Quest,” “Believer”

In this week’s roundup, new unscripted series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across YouTube, HBO Documentary Films, HLN and PBS’s documentary strand ‘POV.’ Turner Broadcasting System-owned cable network HLN will ...
June 14, 2018

In this week’s roundup, new unscripted series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across YouTube, HBO Documentary Films, HLN and PBS’s documentary strand ‘POV.’

Turner Broadcasting System-owned cable network HLN will explore America’s most dangerous minds when it premieres a five-part investigative series led by CNN anchor Chris Cuomo.

Inside Evil with Chris Cuomo, an HLN Original series, will explore the psyche of violent criminal offenders through on-the-ground interviews with serial killers, behavioral scientists, criminal psychologists and survivors of domestic violence. Featured in the series are New York City mass murderer Joel ‘The Ripper’ Rifkin and Robert Spahalski, who is serving 100 years to life for at least four murders. Inside Evil with Chris Cuomo premieres June 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Elsewhere, PBS documentary strand ‘POV’ will present the television broadcast premiere of director Jonathan Olshefski‘s highly acclaimed feature-length documentary Quest (pictured).

The 104-minute film, which launches ‘POV”s 31st season, profiles the daily struggles and successes of Christopher “Quest” Rainey and his wife Christine’a “Ma Quest” over an eight-year period. Produced by ITVS and American Documentary, the film documents the pair as they invite several members of the local hip-hop music community in Philadelphia into their basement home studio, while also raising their family. Quest airs June 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ‘POV’.

Don Argott’s intimate documentary following Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds will have its television debut across premium cable network HBO later this month.

Believer, which held its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, follows Reynolds as he explores how the Mormon Church treats its LGBTQ members. With the suicide rate among teens in the state of Utah on the rise, Reynolds’ concern with the church’s policies sends him on an unexpected path of acceptance and change. The 101-minute film from Live Nation Productions, 9.14 Pictures and Another Brother airs on HBO on June 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The film will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and partners’ streaming platforms.

Finally, digital streaming platform YouTube is readying to premiere the eight-part docuseries Best Shot from executive producers LeBron James and Maverick Carter of SpringHill Entertainment.

Directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Michael John Warren, Best Shot follows ESPN college basketball analyst and former NCAA champion Jay Williams as he returns to his home state of New Jersey to join Newark’s Central High School boys basketball coaching staff. The series will follow Williams and head coach Shawn “OG” McCray as the school chases its first state championship in more than a decade while working to mentor the players through their own challenges and personal conflicts. Best Shot premieres July 18th on the official NBA YouTube channel.

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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