A+E Networks’ fledgeling network Viceland has commissioned American Junkie, a docu-reality series set to dive headfirst into America’s opioid crisis.
The 10-part series, produced by Pat McGee Pictures and T Group Productions, will follow two recovering addicts, Allie and Frank, as they attempt to help fellow addicts from across South Florida in their struggle for recovery.
American Junkie will follow the pair as they rescue other users from the streets and help them avoid the countless corrupt rehab facilities and sober houses where greed trumps treatment and millennial addicts have become cash commodities.
The series is inspired by Patrick McGee and Adam Linkenhelt’s feature-length documentary American Relapse, which will next screen at the Other Venice Film Festival, and the Louisville International Festival of Film.
Executive producers for Pat McGee Pictures include McGee, Ian Manheimer, Jaime Manheimer. Jenny Daly exec produces for T Group, while Patrick Moses will EP for Viceland.
American Junkie premieres Sept. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Viceland.
“At Viceland, we make shows that immerse our audience into environments and experiences,” said Patrick Moses, VP of current programming and executive producer, in a statement. “This show takes the current drug crisis beyond headlines and statistics and makes it human.”
“Addiction is a faceless disease that does not discriminate,” added McGee. “We wanted American Junkie to speak the truth about the opioid epidemic – yes 80% of addicts will relapse, but we found a couple warriors in Frankie and Allie who don’t give up on addicts. They don’t care about the stats; they’re out there dealing hope.”