In this week’s round-up, we look at unscripted series and documentaries scheduled to debut across PBS’s documentary strand ‘POV’, ABC, Paramount Network and MTV.
American public broadcaster PBS will present the television broadcast premiere of Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis‘ feature-length documentary Whose Streets? (pictured) across its documentary strand ‘POV’ next week.
The 90-minute film, which held its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, sheds light on the Ferguson, Missouri protests and civil unrest that took place following the shooting death of Mike Brown, an 18-year-old African American, by a white police officer. Told by the local residents and activists on the frontlines of the protests, the doc provides an intimate look at the Ferguson uprising and the movement that followed. Whose Streets? premieres July 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on PBS ‘POV’.
Elsewhere, Viacom-owned Paramount Network is gearing up to celebrate the life of the late action star and humanitarian Paul Walker in an original documentary.
Directed by Adrian Buitenhuis and produced by Network Entertainment, I Am Paul Walker will provide an intimate journey into the life and career of the actor through exclusive family footage and interviews with Walker’s closest network of family and friends, including Fast and Furious franchise co-star Tyrese Gibson and director Rob Cohen; and Running Scared director Wayne Kramer. The doc also explores Walker’s humanitarian side, by highlighting his passion for the world’s oceans and marine life, his efforts in rebuilding Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake, and founding his disaster relief NGO Reach Out Worldwide. The film debuts Aug. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Paramount Network.
Viacom’s youth-focused network MTV, in conjunction with Gunpowder & Sky, will unleash its prank subculture series Too Stupid to Die on Aug. 21 with back-to-back episodes beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Developed with online daredevil sensation Zach Holmes, the 8 x 30-minute stunt series follows a group of friends in rural Indiana as they delve into bizarre pranks, comedy and stunts, including taking rat traps to the face, setting off explosives and opening a dangerous kissing booth. Featured in the series are mastermind Holmes (26), Coty (26), Meggan (26), Tommy (26), Chad (27), Damon (Blazer, 27), Khyler (22) and Chad Tepper (26).
Finally, American broadcaster ABC will launch a two-night television event from People and Four M Studios set to document the lives of the British royal family.
The multi-part The Story of the Royals will explore the pivotal moments in Royals history by providing a comprehensive guide into the British monarchy’s past and present, with the introduction of a new royal baby and Meghan Markle, fiancée to Prince Harry and the first American set to marry into the family since Wallis Simpson in 1937. The event series will feature exclusive interviews with palace insiders, royal experts and long-time People contributors to examine the American obsession behind all things royal. Part one of the specials airs Aug. 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, with part two broadcasting the following night (Aug. 23) at 9 p.m. ET/PT.