TCA: TLC to premiere “Trading Spaces” in April; ID preps “He Lied About Everything”

A documentary directed, produced and narrated by Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning Rory Kennedy highlights Discovery’s 2018 slate. The previously announced Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow takes a sweeping look at ...
January 15, 2018

A documentary directed, produced and narrated by Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning Rory Kennedy highlights Discovery’s 2018 slate.

The previously announced Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow takes a sweeping look at NASA in celebration of its 60th anniversary, recognizing highlights from the organization’s history and shining a spotlight on the role it will play in the coming decades.

The film will provide an exclusive look into the agency while detailing such new technologies as next-generation space telescopes and prototypes of Mars-bound spacecraft.

Details of the doc were revealed as part of Discovery Communications’ TCA press tour presentation. The network unveiled a raft of air dates for previously announced programs, including the return of the popular series Trading Spaces, as well as new titles across Investigation Discovery.


Series premiering on Investigation Discovery in the early part of 2018 focus on love, loss and redemption.

A two-part special, He Lied About Everything, features the true story of the love affair between investigative news producer Benita Alexander and world-renowned surgeon Paolo Macchiarini.

While their relationship seemed perfect, two months before the pair’s wedding, Alexander discovered that Macchiarini had made no wedding plans at all. This discovery began the unraveling of a series of lies told by Macchiarini.

He Lied About Everything premieres on ID on Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. It is is produced for ID by Efran Films, with Shawn Efran and Benita Alexander serving as executive producers. Pamela Deutsch is executive producer for ID.

ID has also greenlit a six-part series that follows former Rhode Island police sergeant Derrick Levasseur and forensic psychologist Kris Mohandie as they aim to help families investigate murder cases where the leads have gone cold.

The Unsolved takes Levasseur and Mohandie across the U.S. as they investigate six cold cases, chasing down new clues and reviewing old ones in hopes of finding breaks in the cases.

It is produced for Investigation Discovery by Main Event Media and All3Media America, with Jimmy Fox, Greg Lipstone and Layla Smith as executive producers. For Investigation Discovery, Lorna Thomas is senior executive producer.

Finally, ID has acquired the three-part doc series Love & Hate Crime from the BBC.

The series focuses on individuals who have been murdered in the U.S. for being different.

It will air exclusively in the U.S. on ID, with the first installment premiering on Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. The first epiosde highlights the 2017 case of the first person to be sentenced on federal hate crime charges for killing a transgender person.

Future installments of Love & Hate Crime will air later in 2018.

The series is produced for Investigation Discovery by Top Hat Productions. Victoria Musguin is the producer and Darren Kemp is the executive producer for Top Hat, while Max Culhane is executive producer for ID.


TLC has set a premiere date for the highly anticipated return of fan favorite Trading Spaces.

The series will premiere on April 7 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. It will kick off with a one-hour reunion special, reuniting the cast for the first time since the show went off the air on 2008. Paige Davis (pictured) served as host of the show for several seasons during its original iteration. She will return as host for its new season.

Trading Spaces is produced by Endemol Shine North America subsidiary Authentic Entertainment and is based on the Endemol Shine UK format Changing Rooms for UK pubcaster BBC.

Also in the home renovation genre, TLC will premiere Nate & Jeremiah by Design on April 7 at 10 p.m. CST directly following Trading Spaces.

Produced by Asylum Entertainment, the series follows interior designers and husbands Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent as they help distressed homeowners turn renovation failures into dream homes.

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