U.S. cable network Reelzchannel is to launch Reel Life: Marilyn Monroe on August 3, kicking off a series that explores the popularity of iconic actors through interviews with peers, friends and family.
Airing at 11 p.m. EST/8 p.m. PST, the first episode in the biography series features interviews with George Hamilton and Mitzi Gaynor, the latter Monroe’s co-star in There’s No Business Like Show Business, and promises to reveal the personal side of Monroe, while candid interviews with Playboy‘s Hugh Hefner will show the sex symbol side of the actor.
Also featured are interviews with photographers Lawrence Schiller and George Barris, who share their personal stories of working with Monroe, including the story behind her last photo shoot.
Reel Life will also tie-in to current day TV series and movies, via interviews with Smash’s Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty, whose characters are battling it out to win the lead role of Monroe in a Broadway musical within the NBC show; and Michelle Williams, who played Monroe in the film My Week With Marilyn.
Upcoming instalments of Reel Life include a focus on Clint Eastwood on October 19, and a James Bond-themed episode on November 9.
“Marilyn Monroe is the single greatest sex symbol of the last century,” said Lisa Lucas, Reelzchannel’s executive producer for original programming. “She is the perfect movie star to profile in the premiere of our new series Reel Life.”