In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are scheduled to premiere across Travel Channel, GSN, TLC and ESPN doc strand ’30 for 30′.
The hour-long series will offer an in-depth look into the lives of Danielle and Adam Busby as they raise their four-year-old daughter Blayke and the only all-female set of quintuplets in the U.S. The series, which bows May 10 at 10 p.m. EST/PST, will track the family’s journey from infertility hardships to the birth of the five infants, through to the couple’s first few months adjusting at home.
Elsewhere, U.S. cable network ESPN is readying the next installment of ESPN Films’ critically acclaimed ’30 for 30′ series.
Directed by Andy Billman, Believeland will chronicle the struggles of Cleveland’s major sports franchises – the MLB’s Indians, the NFL’s Browns and the NBA’s Cavaliers – over the past 50 years. Of all American cities with at least three major sports organizations, Cleveland is the only one that has failed to win a championship in the last half-century. The 77-minute film will also look to uncover the impact these losses have had on Cleveland sports fans. Brian D’Ostilio, Matt McDonald and Scott Raab serve as producers on the film, which is scheduled to premiere on May 14 at 9:30 p.m. EST/PST.
Meanwhile, American cable channel GSN will debut its first spin-off series in the Skin Wars franchise on June 15 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.
The Michael Levitt Productions-made Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (pictured) will shadow three former Skin Wars contestants as they mentor six accomplished artists each week. Each are adept in different creative fields, and will be provided with a crash course in body painting for a chance to win US$10,000 at the end of each show. RuPaul Charles will host the series, alongside judges Emma Cammack and Mat Gleason.
Finally, Scripps Networks Interactive-owned net Travel Channel will venture off-the-grid in search of the world’s most exotic bodies of water in LMNO Productions’ Top Secret Swimming Holes.
The 6 x 60-minute series, which premieres on June 19 at 10 p.m. EST/PST, will look to unearth the most secluded and extreme natural places to cool off. The series will visit such landmarks as a crystal blue 100-foot waterfall located in an Arizona Indian reservation and ancient Mayan underwater caves, to America’s oldest commercial quarry in Vermont.