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Coming Soon: “I Am Richard Pryor”, “The Case Against Adnan Syed”

In this week’s roundup, we look at unscripted series and documentaries scheduled to debut on Paramount Network, Smithsonian Channel and HBO. American cable network Smithsonian Channel is gearing up to launch ...
March 7, 2019

In this week’s roundup, we look at unscripted series and documentaries scheduled to debut on Paramount Network, Smithsonian Channel and HBO.

American cable network Smithsonian Channel is gearing up to launch a four-part, 8K event series that is to explore the world’s first national park.

Premiering March 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Epic Yellowstone will aim to provide a detailed portrait of Yellowstone National Park, offering never-before-told stories of the “extraordinary spectacle of wildlife and dramatic seasonal extremes” throughout the 3,500-square mile wilderness park. Hosted by Bill Pullman and filmed over three years, the four-episode natural history event will spotlight the park’s inhabitants through intimate stories of survival through winter, spring, summer and fall. Epic Yellowstone is produced by Bozeman, Montana-based studio Grizzly Creek Films.

Elsewhere, Viacom-owned pay-TV channel Paramount Network will provide the broadcast television premiere to Jesse James Miller’s feature-length documentary I Am Richard Pryor following its world premiere on the festival circuit.

The project, which will first screen at the SXSW Film Festival on March 12, documents the life and career of the seminal comedian who lifted himself out of poverty to achieve worldwide success. From his first comedy album until his death of a heart attack in 2005, the film includes exclusive interviews with comedians, filmmakers, family and friends. Produced by Derik Murray’s Network Entertainment, I Am Richard Pryor will broadcast across Paramount Network on March 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Meanwhile, Academy Award-nominated director Amy Berg‘s true crime series The Case Against Adnan Syed (pictured) will debut across premium cable network HBO this Sunday.

The four-part investigative docuseries explores the 1999 disappearance and murder of 18-year-old Baltimore County high school student Hae Min Lee, and the subsequent conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed. The case was popularized by Sarah Koenig’s groundbreaking true crime podcast Serial in 2014.

Produced by Working Title TV, NBCUniversal International Studios and Instinct Productions, the project will re-examine Lee’s disappearance and murder, the original police investigation, and the present day while Syed, 36, awaits a new trial. The Case Against Adnan Syed launches March 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO, and will also be made available via HBO Now, HBO Go, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.

Finally, HBO will also provide the television premiere of Alex Gibney‘s acclaimed biotech film The Inventor: Out For Blood In Silicon Valley when it airs across the network later this month.

The 119-minute feature-length film, which enjoyed its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, explores the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her infamous multi-billion dollar healthcare technology startup Theranos, which vowed to disrupt health care with inexpensive, accessible finger-prick blood tests. Produced by Jigsaw Productions for HBO Documentary Films, The Inventor: Out For Blood in Silicon Valley debuts March 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO, and will also be available on HBO Now, HBO Go, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.

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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