Coming soon: “Building Belushi,” “Saving Mes Aynak”

In this week's round-up, new series and documentaries are set to premiere for a range of networks including DIY Network, Al Jazeera America, ESPN Films and Syfy. (Pictured: Filmmaker Brent Huffman's Saving Mes Aynak)
July 2, 2015

In this week’s round-up, new series and documentaries are set to premiere for a range of networks including DIY Network, Al Jazeera America, ESPN Films and Syfy.

ESPN Films, alongside Marvel Entertainment, is set to debut its series of eight short films, 1 of 1 – Origins, beginning with the story of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick on July 10 at 2 p.m. EST/PST on ESPN2.

The films mix ESPN’s non-fiction style with original art, design and creative animation from Marvel in order to provide insight into the origins and lives of some of the world’s most talented athletes, including NBA star Dwight Howard, American soccer player Brandi Chastain, and pro skateboarder Tony Hawk.

Directed by Emmy Award-winning director/producer Eric Drath, the eight shorts will bow July 10 to July 17 across ESPN’s network including, ESPN2, SportsCenter and the ESPN 30 for 30 Facebook page. Additionally, the feature-length documentary 1 of 1 – Genesis, which features NFL player Russell Wilson and racecar driver Danica Patrick, will air on ESPN at 8 p.m. EST/PST on July 14.

Elsewhere, DIY Network viewers will visit the banks of the Rogue River in Medford, Oregon with Building Belushi, which chronicles the construction of actor, comedian and musician Jim Belushi’s 13-acre riverfront cabin retreat. The Orion Entertainment-produced six-part series is set to premiere July 11 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

Meanwhile, U.S. cable network Al Jazeera America is readying the award-winning documentary Saving Mes Aynak for a July 12 premiere at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

The collaboration between Chicago-based Kartemquin Films and filmmaker Brent Huffman focuses on Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori and his team as they race to save a 5,000-year-old Buddhist archaeological site in the Taliban-controlled Logar province of Afghanistan from demolition at the hands of a Chinese copper mine.

Finally, game show Geeks Who Drink will bow on July 16 at 11 p.m. EST/PST across the U.S. cable net Syfy.

Hosted by Chuck and Heroes Reborn star Zachary Levi, the 12 x 30-minute series will see two teams of three players – a celebrity captain and two self-proclaimed trivia geeks – compete in three rounds of rapid-fire quizzes covering topics that range from pop culture to science fiction. The series, a spin-off of a pub trivia contest of the same name played across more than 600 bars in 35 states, is produced by Levi’s prodco The Nerd Machine.

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