A+E Networks’ flagship channel A&E is gearing up to premiere the ‘Biography’ documentary special David Cassidy: The Last Session this coming Monday.
Produced by Red Arrow Studios-owned company Left/Right Productions, the two-hour film weaves an intimate biography of the late Partridge Family actor and singer/songwriter as told through his own words in never-before-heard audio tapes from 1976, rare footage and stills, and a final recording session.
The documentary captures Cassidy’s rising celebrity as a pop idol throughout the 1970s to his final months as he struggled with what was believed to be onset dementia. The film also follows Cassidy into the studio where he works to record one final album dedicated to his late entertainer father, Jack Cassidy.
During production, Cassidy fell gravely and unexpectedly ill, revealing to producers that his rapidly deteriorating health wasn’t due to dementia, but instead the result of alcohol poisoning after struggling through years of alcoholism. He would pass away due to organ failure a few weeks later on November 21, 2017. He was 67 years old.
The film also features interviews with those who knew Cassidy best, including lifelong friend Alice Cooper; The Partridge Family stars Danny Bonaduce and Brian Forster; cousin Charles Douglas; childhood friend Sam Hyman; and Grammy Award-winning musician Kim Carnes, among others.
Left/Right’s Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman and John Marks serve as executive producers on the one-off, with Saralena Weinfield as supervising producer. Executive producers for A&E are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Brad Abramson.
David Cassidy: The Last Session debuts Monday, June 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.
“Our newly relaunched ‘Biography’ franchise is dedicated to bringing viewers the complete, inside narrative and that shines through during this very personal and humanizing documentary celebrating David’s life, his amazing contributions to music and the brilliant legacy he left behind,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and head of programming at A&E Network, in a statement.