A&E Network is teaming up with Morgan Spurlock, his prodco Warrior Poets, and Time Inc.’s Entertainment Weekly to produce a new eight-part docuseries that looks at the untold stories behind watershed moments that have had a lasting cultural impact.
In each episode of Cultureshock, an acclaimed director will examine a key cultural moment, with the full participation of the key players in the story.
The first installments to be announced include comedian W. Kamau Bell directing a film about how Chris Rock changed the face of comedy with his 1996 special Bring the Pain, and Brent Hodge will profile the cult classic series Freaks and Geeks.
For his part, Spurlock (pictured) will direct a look at the rise of tabloid talk shows like The Jerry Springer Show and Geraldo, examining how they laid the groundwork for today’s reality television shows.
Cultureshock is produced by Warrior Poets in association with Entertainment Weekly, and will premiere on A&E in 2018. Spurlock and Hodge will preview an episode from the series at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin are executive producers for Warrior Poets. Jess Cagle, Henry Glodblatt, J.J. Miller and Ian Orefice are executive producers for Entertainment Weekly, and Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Brad Abramson are executive producers for A&E.