Coming Soon: “Breakthrough,” “Tornado Hunters”

In this week's round-up, original unscripted titles are set to air on networks including CMT, CMT Canada, American Heroes Channel, History and National Geographic Channel. (Pictured: Breakthrough)
October 15, 2015

In this week’s round-up, new unscripted titles are set to air on a range of networks, including History, CMT, CMT Canada, American Heroes Channel and National Geographic Channel.

Discovery Communications-owned network American Heroes Channel is preparing crime format Natural Born Outlaws for an October premiere.

The 10 x 60-minute series from CMJ Productions II sets out to detail the violent bank robberies and bootlegging journeys of infamous American outlaws that include John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone.

The program, which airs October 21 at 10 p.m. EST/PST, will provide re-enactments, graphic novel animations and interviews with the real-life detectives responsible for each bandit’s capture.

Elsewhere, U.S. net History will roll out its survival adventure series Great Wild North from Vancouver-based Paperny Entertainment on October 22 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The 8 x 60-minute series – which premiered on History Canada earlier this month under the Klondike Trappers title – follows a group of fur trappers traversing the frozen wilderness that borders Alaska and the Yukon in pursuit of an ancient and often dangerous life of subsistence.

National Geographic Channel, meanwhile, will broadcast the science anthology series Breakthrough (pictured) on November 1 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Backed by GE and produced by Imagine Entertainment and Asylum Entertainment, the 6 x 60-minute series will examine how scientific discoveries, innovations and advancements in the fields of brain science, cyborg technology, water and energy promise to transform our lives in the immediate future. Each episode will be helmed by a different Hollywood director, with Angela Bassett, Peter Berg, Paul Giamatti, Akiva Goldsman, Brett Ratner and Ron Howard all listed to direct.

American cable net CMT will launch the Kellie Pickler-fronted docu-comedy series I Love Kellie Pickler on November 5 at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The Ryan Seacrest Productions-made series is set to chronicle the personal life of the American Idol contestant turned award-winning country singer and her husband, Kyle Jacobs.

Finally, CMT Canada is debuting the former web series Tornado Hunters on the channel on October 18 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The program follows the “weather-obsessed” troupe of Greg Johnson, Ricky Forbes and Chris Chittick as they chase down and document storms.

The Saloon Media-produced program was preceded by two pilots and a five-part web series that premiered on CMT.ca last August. At the time, the Corus Entertainment-owned Canadian net said it was using the reception to the program – which in June won the 2015 Realscreen Award for Digital and Branded Content – as a testing ground for an eventual linear broadcast.

With files from Manori Ravindran.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.