In this week’s roundup, new unscripted series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across PBS’s documentary strand ‘POV’, Discovery Channel, CNBC and CNN.
American public broadcaster PBS will present the television broadcast premiere of Viktor Jakovleski’s award-winning visual and aural display Brimstone & Glory (pictured) across its documentary strand ‘POV’ next month.
The 67-minute film, which held its premiere at the 2017 True/False Film Festival, goes behind the scenes of the National Pyrotechnic Festival in which the town of Tultepec, Mexico, is engulfed in fireworks and papier-mâché bulls for 10 days, believing it will bless them and their communities well into the future. More than three-quarters of Tultepec’s residents work in pyrotechnics. Brimstone & Glory premieres July 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on PBS ‘POV’.
Elsewhere, American cable network CNBC is preparing to launch a 10-part true crime series that goes inside the deadly exploits of the one percent.
Deadly Rich from Kurtis Productions will provide an in-depth look at the lives and deaths of the wealthy while exposing the dirty secrets of how big money drives people to the ultimate sin. The primetime original details high-profile murder cases through first-person accounts from family members, friends of the victims and law enforcement officials. Deadly Rich premieres July 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT across CNBC.
Meanwhile, CNN is launching the latest installment of its ‘Decades’ franchise with a seven-part series from executive producers Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog.
The CNN Original Series, titled The 2000s, will explore the cultural and political milestones of the aughts, and combines archival footage and interviews with journalists, historians, musicians and film stars. The series will explore technological triumphs like the iPhone and social media; President George W. Bush’s War on Terror and response to Hurricane Katrina; Barack Obama’s presidential election and the financial crisis; hip-hop’s rise to dominance and the creative renaissance in television. The 2000s kicks off with a two-hour premiere on July 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.
Finally, Discovery, Inc.’s flagship channel is gearing up to broadcast Los Angeles-based Karga 7 Pictures’ series Hard to Kill.
Announced as part of Discovery’s 2018 Upfront, the series follows Special Forces sniper and Green Beret Tim Kennedy as he travels the country to attempt some of America’s most dangerous jobs, from triggering avalanches with explosives to protecting a cowboy from a 2,000-pound bull, and traveling to the Mojave Desert to push the boundaries of flight. Hard to Kill debuts July 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel.