In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction specials and documentaries are slated to debut across Animal Planet, FYI, PBS ‘Independent Lens’ and Fox.
A+E Networks-owned lifestyle network FYI is preparing to serve up the Katie Couric Media- and RAIN-produced culinary series Scraps.
The 10 x 30-minute docuseries follows Sur La Table Chef Joel Gamoran as he journeys across the American countryside to partner with food waste champions, celebrate local cuisine and create a meal with food scraps such as banana peels, shrimp shells, chicken bones and carrot stems. Scraps debuts May 21 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on FYI.
Elsewhere, PBS’s long-running doc strand ‘Independent Lens’ is readying the television premiere of Ben Lear’s juvenile justice reform documentary They Call Us Monsters (pictured).
The 82-minute film, which received funding from AFI Docs Impact Lab and the Sundance Institute Documentary Films Program, ventures beyond the walls of a high-security facility in Los Angeles that houses the most violent offenders. The doc follows three youth offenders – ages 14 to 16, each arrested for attempted or first-degree murders – who have signed up for a screenwriting class with producer Gabe Cowan as they await their respective trials. A BMP Films Presentation in association with New Artists Alliance, They Call Us Monsters premieres May 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Discovery Communications-owned Animal Planet, meanwhile, will follow adventure cameraman Paul “Mungo” Mungeam as he leads the journey to uncover mysterious creatures in Expedition Mungo.
Produced by Blast! Films, the travelogue chronicles Mungo, one of the world’s premiere adventure cameramen, on an expedition to explore myth and legend while separating fact from well-established fiction. Episodes will feature Mungo searching for clues and evidence of an unidentified dragon-like reptile terrorizing a village in Borneo; and a massive lizard in Liberia that resembles an extinct dinosaur. Animal Planet will broadcast Expedition Mungo on May 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Based on his hit U.K. series, The F Word will feature foodie families from across the U.S. battling head-to-head in a high-stakes cook-off, with the aim of impressing Ramsay, celebrity guests and VIPs. The Studio Ramsay- and All3Media America-produced series bowsMay 31 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (tape-delayed) on Fox.