In this week’s roundup, we look at unscripted series and documentaries scheduled to debut on PBS’s long-running documentary strand “POV,” Showtime, Smithsonian Channel and History.
306 Hollywood (pictured), the acclaimed magical-realist feature-length documentary from brother-sister filmmaking team Elan and Jonathan Bogarín, will enjoy its television premiere on PBS’s long-standing documentary strand “POV” on Monday (March 18).
The 88-minute film, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, follows the siblings as they undertake an archaeological excavation of their late grandmother’s house. The pair embark on a journey from her home in New Jersey to ancient Rome, from fashion to physics, in search of what life remains in the objects we leave behind. 306 Hollywood, which premieres March 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, is produced by the Bogarín’s El Tigre Productions.
Elsewhere, American premium cable network Showtime, a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, is set to explore the legalization of sports gambling in the four-part docuseries Action.
Produced by Boardwalk Pictures in association with Keep On Running Pictures, the multi-part series peels the curtain back on a once taboo industry during its most critical juncture by following professional gamblers, bookies and oddsmakers through the 2018 NFL season. The character-driven series also looks at how the change has affected the sports and gambling communities. Action premieres across Showtime on March 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT as part of its “Sports Documentary Films” strand.
A+E Networks-owned broadcaster History and Jane Root‘s London-headquartered prodco Nutopia, meanwhile, will look to retell the life of Jesus Christ in an eight-part event series beginning March 25.
Jesus: His Life weaves together the canonical Gospels, historical sources and cultural context to paint a comprehensive portrait of Jesus and his journey through birth, death and resurrection. Through a combination of scripted drama and interviews with prominent religious and historical experts, each episode is told through the perspective of different biblical figures who played a critical role in Jesus’ life, including Joseph, John the Baptist, Mary Mother of Jesus, Caiaphas, Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate, Mary Magdalene and Peter. Jesus: His Life transmits via History beginning March 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, with the finale airing just before Easter.
Finally, American cable network Smithsonian Channel is gearing up to launch an insider account of two forces that threaten to tear Europe apart: Brexit and the migrant crisis.
Directed by documentary filmmaker Norma Percy, Europe in Chaos reveals the arguments and personality clashes among Europe’s leaders as they struggled over the past decade to find common ground amid intense political pressure, overwhelming waves of refugees and a referendum that marked Britain’s departure from the European Union. The series will also look at the Greek financial crisis, the burgeoning populist movement, and how the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants to the continent in 2015 threatened to tear apart the EU, as member states reverently disagreed on how to handle the crisis.
Europe in Chaos is produced by Brook Lapping Productions and Smithsonian Networks in association with BBC and France Television. The two hour-long special debuts March 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.