In this week’s roundup, new unscripted series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across Showtime, Netflix, Oxygen and Paramount Network.
Premium cable network Showtime will present the television broadcast premiere of director Ellen Goldfarb’s highly acclaimed feature-length documentary New Wave: Dare To Be Different.
The 95-minute documentary, which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, provides a nostalgic look back at the rogue Long Island, New York radio station WLIR 92.7 renowned for creating a musical movement that brought New Wave artists – from U2 and Talking Heads to Duran Duran and Tears for Fears – to the American mainstream throughout the 1980s. Featured in New Wave: Dare To Be Different, premiering March 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, are rare archive footage and candid interviews with such acclaimed artists as Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Billy Idol, The English Beat’s Dave Wakeling, Depeche Mode’s Vince Clarke, The B-52s’ Fred Schneider and A Flock of Seagulls’ Mike Score, among others.
Elsewhere, female-skewing crime network Oxygen will examine true stories involving sex, money, murder – or a fatal cocktail of all three – in the Asylum Entertainment-produced In Ice Cold Blood.
Hosted and executive produced by Grammy winner Ice-T, the series will explore real-life cases in which passion and greed motivated assailants to kill. Told through in-depth interviews, reenactments and archival footage, each hour-long episode delves into the mystery by highlighting expert detective work and the stories from the victims’ friends and family.
Meanwhile, Michael Hamilton and John Barbisan’s feature documentary I Am MLK Jr. (pictured) will broadcast across Viacom’s Paramount Network on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s tragic assassination.
Produced by Derik Murray‘s Network Entertainment, the documentary tells the story and celebrates the life of the American icon from an engaging contemporary perspective and structured around seminal events of the civil rights movement. Featured are interviews with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman John Lewis, Rev. Al Sharpton, Van Jones, Carmelo Anthony, Nick Cannon, Shaun King, and Malcolm Jenkins. I Am MLK Jr. airs across Paramount Network on April 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Finally, digital streaming giant Netflix will serve its global audiences with a sweet iteration of its culinary docuseries franchise Chef’s Table.
The four-part Chef’s Table: Pastry, from creator and director David Gelb, goes inside the lives and kitchens of the world’s most renowned international pastry chefs. Among the featured chefs in the series, which launches worldwide on April 13, will be MasterChef and MasterChef Junior judge Christina Tosi, the chef and founder of dessert shop Momofuku Milk Bar, the sister bakery to the Momofuku restaurant group; Corrado Assenza, a fourth-generation co-owner of the acclaimed Caffè Sicilia; Jordi Roca, pastry chef of the El Celler de Can Roca; and Will Goldfarb, founder of the dessert restaurant Room4Dessert in New York.