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Exclusive: MSNBC moves up airdate for Part 2′s topical “Breaking Hate” series

In light of the recent El Paso shooting and related current events, American pay-TV network MSNBC is to premiere the third and final installment of Part2 Pictures’ investigative docuseries Breaking Hate ...
August 21, 2019

In light of the recent El Paso shooting and related current events, American pay-TV network MSNBC is to premiere the third and final installment of Part2 Pictures’ investigative docuseries Breaking Hate on Sunday (Aug. 25).

The American cable news net ordered two more episodes since commissioning the first hour-long pilot in August 2018.

Breaking Hate follows reformed white supremacist Christian Picciolini as he attempts to de-radicalize members of the extremist hate groups he once helped build.

The series’ first episode told the story of a white supremacist who participated in the violent “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Episode two, which aired in May, told the story of a member of a neo-Nazi terrorist group who was killed by one of the group’s members.

In the finale, Picciolini calls on Jeff Schoepp, the leader of a prominent neo-Nazi organization in the U.S., to renounce white supremacy after a lifetime spent spreading – and profiting – from racism.

By “cutting the head off the snake,” Picciolini hopes to show that those deeply entrenched in the extremist movements can be reformed. He also believes the message will help others to re-examine their own extremism as more people adopt racist and violent mindsets.

Executive producers for Part2 are Amy Bucher, David Shadrack Smith and Eric Strauss, who is the director for all three episodes. Nina Weinstein is the executive producer for MSNBC, and Janet Klein is senior producer.

“David and I feel these three hours are some of the most important work we, as a company, have ever done – because there is very little out there to give people hope right now,” Bucher, SVP of programming and content at Part2, said in a statement. “Breaking Hate can do that. And we really want people to see that walking away from hate is a real possibility.”

As part of a back-to-back marathon, MSNBC will air part three at 9 p.m. ET/PT, with the the entire trilogy broadcasting immediately afterwards beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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