Coming Soon: “Story of God,” “Janis”

In this week's round-up, new unscripted titles and documentaries are slated to air on such networks as National Geographic Channel, PBS's 'American Masters' strand, FYI and Logo. (Pictured: Janis: Little Girl Blue)
March 10, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new unscripted series and documentaries are slated to premiere across such networks as National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Mundo, PBS’s ‘American Masters’ strand, FYI and Logo.

FYI’s forthcoming renovation competition series is slated to transform backyard sheds into functional outdoor living spaces.

Produced by Loud TV and Plum Pictures, the 6 x 60-minute He Shed, She Shed pits two home-owners, friends or neighbors in a male vs. female backyard shed showdown that sees each group overhauling unused sheds into modern man caves, pirate pubs, supplemental workspaces, tiki bars, “shed and breakfasts” and sanctuaries for women. The series, which airs April 2 at 10 p.m. EST/PST, will also meet with owners of revitalized sheds from across the country to learn about their inspiration in creating the unique outdoor space.

Elsewhere, Morgan Freeman will take National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Mundo viewers on a global journey to understand how faith has shaped our lives beginning April 3 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Each episode of the six-part The Story of God with Morgan Freeman will shadow Freeman as he travels the globe to visit various religious sites – including Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, India’s Bodhi Tree and Mayan temples in Guatemala – in an attempt to uncover the meaning of life, meditate on the afterlife and question how the perception of God has evolved over history. Immersing himself in religious experiences and rituals, Freeman also becomes a test subject in a laboratory to examine how “the frontiers of neuroscience are intersecting the traditional domain of religion.” Revelations Entertainment is producing.

Celebrity pop-culture trivia series Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul, meanwhile, is coming to Viacom-owned network Logo on April 11 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

The World of Wonder-made game show will see contestants answering a raft of entertainment-related questions with the assistance of a panel of six superstars. As the competition heats up, players team with one celeb panelist for a 69-second speed round for the opportunity to win cash and various prizes. Regular personalities include Michelle Visage, Todrick Hall, Carson Kressley, and Ross Mathews, alongside such guest panelists as Amber Rose, Brandi Glanville, Cheyenne Jackson and Daniel Franzese.

Finally, Amy Berg‘s documentary about legendary rock singer Janis Joplin (pictured) will premiere across PBS arts strand ‘American Masters’ on May 3 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.

Narrated by indie musician Chan Marshall, also known as Cat Power, Janis: Little Girl Blue provides an intimate portrait of Joplin by following her evolution into an iconic artist through various letters she had penned to friends, family, musical associates and such notable colleagues as Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and TV host Dick Cavett. The film also features unearthed audio and video recordings of the beleaguered musician in concert and in the studio. Janis: Little Girl Blue bowed at the Venice Film Festival in August and had a limited theatrical run in the U.S. earlier this fall.

The doc is a Content Film presentation of a Disarming Films and Thirteen Productions’ American Masters production in association with Jigsaw Productions, Sony Music Entertainment and Union Entertainment Group.

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 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.