Coming Soon: “Nightwatch Nation,” “The Contender”

In this week’s round-up, we look at unscripted series scheduled to debut across Epix, ABC, Oxygen Media and A&E. NBC Universal-owned, crime-focused network Oxygen Media is gearing up to examine one ...
August 2, 2018

In this week’s round-up, we look at unscripted series scheduled to debut across Epix, ABC, Oxygen Media and A&E.

NBC Universal-owned, crime-focused network Oxygen Media is gearing up to examine one of the most infamous criminal killing sprees in U.S. history when it launches the two-hour investigative special Golden State Killer: Main Suspect.

Hosted by NBC News investigative journalist Stephanie Gosk, the one-off will offer an intimate look into the life of accused killer and rapist Joe DeAngelo through new and exclusive interviews from those who were closest to him, while also offering a gripping depiction of the prime suspect in a decades-long manhunt.

DeAngelo stands accused of being the man behind a crime spree that consisted of murdering at least 12 people, raping more than 45 women, and 100-plus burglaries in California from 1974 to 1986. He is currently charged with 12 counts of first-degree murder and has so far not entered a plea.

Produced by NBCUniveral’s Peacock Productions, Golden State Killer: Main Suspect debuts Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.

Elsewhere, American commercial broadcaster ABC will test the need for companionship under extreme circumstances through its latest reality competition series, Castaways.

The series will follow 12 people – ranging in age from 20 to 62 – as they’re individually dropped throughout an expanse of islets in Indonesia and challenged to survive. Contestants of the Nomad Entertainment-made series will learn there are other castaways spread across the islands, but will not be made aware of how many castaways there are, their locations or when they will be rescued. To leave the remote islands, contestants must persevere long enough to be rescued or quit. Castaways premieres Aug. 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

A+E Networks-owned cable channel A&E, meanwhile, is preparing to launch a spin-off of its Nightwatch franchise.

Produced by Wolf Reality and 44 Blue Productions, Nightwatch Nation (pictured) will follow multiple teams of emergency medical technicians as they work the night shift across New York, Texas, Arizona and Louisiana. The 10-part series captures EMT workers as they treat an active stroke victim in Yonkers, save the life of a patient who overdoses on heroin in Baton Rouge, and respond to a multiple-car crash in Austin. A&E’s Nightwatch Nation broadcasts Aug. 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Premium pay-TV network Epix will launch the rebooted version of the Mark Burnett-produced boxing reality series The Contender on Aug. 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Produced by MGM Television and Paramount Television, the competitive 12-episode series will chronicle 16 fighters in an elimination competition aimed at pushing their skills, strength and endurance to the limit. Divided into two teams to train, the fighters will be overseen by legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach and renowned trainer Naazim Richardson. Over the course of the season, the competitors will live together, train together and fight each other in the ring, all vying to be become the ultimate Contender and take the winner’s six-figure purse. Undefeated boxing champion Andre Ward serves as host.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.