Fusion readies “The Chair,” “My Selfie Life”

A slate of returning and original series and documentaries are headed to U.S. cable network Fusion for broadcast over its network and digital platforms, including Apple TV and Spotify. (Pictured: The Cannabusiness Report)
July 20, 2015

A slate of returning and original series and documentaries are headed to U.S. network Fusion for broadcast over its network and digital platforms, including Apple TV and Spotify.

The multi-platform network – a joint venture between Univision and the Disney-ABC Television Group - has revealed an October premiere for the previously announced My Selfie Life. The 10 x 30-minute series from London- and New York-based prodco Nerd TV centers on the self-documented lives of young Americans experiencing everything from terminal illness and gender reassignment to the pursuit of a career as a YouTube star and extreme weight loss.

Fusion has also acquired the docuseries The Chair, which follows a roster of first-time film directors given the opportunity to direct films adapted from their original screenplays. The series – exec produced by Chris Moore, Zachary Quinto and Josh Shader – will allow viewers to experience the creation, marketing and theatrical release of both adaptations. The series is to bow on August 28 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

Meanwhile, scheduled to return to the network on August 10 at 10 p.m. EST/PST is the four-part docuseries The Cannabusiness Report (pictured). The Ryan Nerz-hosted series unveils the business, facts and culture of legalized marijuana in the U.S. and abroad.

Elsewhere, the docs and specials scheduled to air across the network include Number One with a Bullet (August 2, 8 p.m. EST/PST), which examines gun violence within hip-hop and shares the stories of five rappers who have survived their bullet wounds; The Thread: #BostonMarathonBombing (August 23, 8 p.m. EST/PST), exposing how amateur Internet commenters took to Twitter and Reddit following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing; the Sandra Daugherty-hosted The Search for Sexy (August 25, 9:30 p.m. EST/PST), which explores the science behind what makes an individual sexy; Fusion original production Drone Nation (September 1, 9 p.m. EST/PST), which focuses on the implications of drone technology; and Top Spin (October 3, 8 p.m. EST/PST), which follows three teenagers as they pursue their Olympic dreams in the competitive world of ping pong.

Other documentaries slated to premiere on Fusion include the Delirio Films-produced Can You Dig This, chronicling four urban “gangster gardeners” in South Central Los Angeles; Tom Felton Meets the Superfans, which follows Harry Potter‘s Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) as he tries to understand some of the world’s most dedicated fans; and the tentatively titled The Drug Warriors, a Fusion original production that follows individuals battling the drug war on various frontlines.

Air dates for Can You Dig This, Tom Felton Meets the Superfans and The Drug Warriors are as-yet-unannounced.

“Fusion is committed to showcasing stories that take our audience on journeys to worlds that they may not ordinarily be exposed to,” said Wade Beckett, Fusion’s chief programming officer, in a statement. “We are continuing to double down on content that resonates with our diverse audience. This slate of original series, documentaries, and specials nicely complements our existing news and topical-comedy offerings.”

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.