Coming Soon: “Suited,” “Island Explorers”

In this week's round-up, we look at non-fiction and unscripted projects coming to PBS doc strand 'POV,' Lifetime, Discovery Channel, HBO and Travel Channel. (Pictured: Travel's Island Explorers)
June 16, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are scheduled to premiere across PBS doc strand ‘POV,’ Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, HBO and Lifetime.

U.S. premium cable network HBO is slated to premiere the Lena Dunham-exec produced Suited about Bindle & Keep, a Brooklyn-based tailoring shop for gender-nonconforming and transgender clients, on June 20 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Jason Benjamin’s directorial debut focuses on the efforts of clothier duo Rae Tutera and Daniel Friedman as they serve the LGBTQ community by looking beyond the gender binary and considering each client’s personal narrative as they create the perfect suit. The 85-minute film – which premiered at Sundance in January – also provides an exclusive look at the private experiences those considering gender identity undergo when it comes to fashion. The film is produced by Dunham, Jenni Konner, Ericka Naegle, Stacey Reiss, Carly Hugo and Jason Benjamin.

Elsewhere, A+E Networks-owned channel Lifetime will dive into its Olympic-focused programming with the help of LA-based shingle The Company.

Gold Medal Families (8 x 60 minutes) chronicles the lives of six Olympic hopefuls and their families as they train for this year’s Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. The docuseries – which airs on June 28 at 9 p.m. EST/PST – will reveal the economic hardships and personal sacrifices endured in order to reach the world’s biggest stage.

Scripps Interactive Networks-owned Travel Channel, meanwhile, will follow husband and wife adventurers Jeremy and Wendy Gilbert as they journey across the Central Pacific in Island Explorers (pictured).

The Left/Right Productions-made series will trail the couple as they unearth off-the-beaten-path sites and “locals only” experiences native to the Hawaiian Islands, while also taking viewers through such activities as diving with sharks and zip-lining. The adventure series will premiere with back-to-back episodes on July 3 at 11 p.m. EST/PST.

Discovery Channel will look to explore the wonders of the natural world through the eyes of celebrated musicians in its forthcoming series Hello World!

The six-part series, which is produced by RadicalMedia and presented in association with the World Wildlife Fund, pairs a song from each performer’s catalog with wildlife footage to make connections between the music’s themes and stories of survival from a variety of animals, including sea turtles, rhinos and hawks. The singers each narrate an episode. Artists include Usher, Christina Aguilera, Aerosmith vocalist Steven Tyler, Ellie Goulding, Joan Jett and Dave Matthews. Discovery is slated to bow on July 9 at 8 p.m. EST/PST, and will also broadcast across Animal Planet on July 26.

Finally, PBS documentary strand ‘POV’ has slated the Frida and Lasse Barkfors-directed Pervert Park for its 29th season.

The film, which won a special jury award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, offers insight into the lives of convicted sex offenders at Florida Justice Transitions, a trailer park housing more than 100 convicted sex offenders founded in 1990 to provide them with a roof and a space for small businesses. Pervert Park broadcasts on July 11 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

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