In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to debut across CMT, Travel Channel, E! and DIY Network.
Produced by Evolution Media, the 8 x 60-minute series – which premieres August 3 at 9 p.m. EST/PST – follows Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif as they travel the country to transform the lives of patients afflicted by genetics and traumatic incidents. Episodes will see the surgeons embedding themselves with prospective clients to better understand their physical and psychological conditions, while weighing the risks and benefits of each surgery.
The Bandit focuses on actor Burt Reynolds; his best friend, roommate and stunt-double Hal Needham; and the making of their 1977 feature film Smokey and the Bandit. The film features interviews, rare archival material and footage from Reynolds’ personal collection to trace the personal journey of the two friends and their work together on the Oscar-winning buddy comedy.
The series will feature Zimmern as he takes a backseat and allows local taxi drivers to set the itinerary in an attempt to take viewers on an insider’s adventure to explore off-the-grid dives, regional eats and local activities. Locales featured in the series – slated to air on August 16 at 9 p.m. EST/PST – include Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Bangkok, Thailand; Berlin, Germany; Hyderabad, India; London, UK; Medellin, Colombia; and Chicago and Nashville.
The seven-part series will follow contractor and real estate investor Keith Nylund and his team as they transform rundown historic homes in Denver, Colorado, into contemporary homes by removing the existing roofs and building vertically to provide some much needed additional square footage.