In this week’s round-up, we look at unscripted series scheduled to debut on Oxygen, HGTV, HBO and Starz.
Discovery-owned lifestyle network HGTV is gearing up to transform outdated cabins and bungalows into charming retreats in its latest home renovation series Rustic Rehab (pictured).
Produced by North Hollywood-based Pie Town Productions, the 8 x 30-minute series follows real estate investors and expert home reno duo David and Chenoa Rivera as they work together to flip more than 30 homes a year, turning outdated properties in Paradise, California into idyllic homes for families seeking small-town life. Rustic Rehab premieres Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV.
Elsewhere, NBC Universal-owned, crime-focused network Oxygen is set to explore haunting stories where obsession, desperation and the need to belong pushed individuals to commit the unthinkable.
Dying to Belong from Jupiter Entertainment will provide first-hand testimony and never-before-seen video footage in each episode to unearth true accounts of those who killed in order to feel genuinely accepted, from a teenager who killed to impress his friends to a mother who plotted to kill a cheerleader who was her daughter’s competition. The original series debuts Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.
Lionsgate-owned network Starz, meanwhile, will present the television premiere of Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Steve James‘ unscripted docuseries America to Me on Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Produced by Participant Media and Kartemquin Films, the 10-part docuseries follows students, teachers and administrators in suburban Chicago’s Oak Park and River Forest High School – one of the nation’s highest performing and diverse public schools – over the course of a year, as they grapple with decades-long racial and educational inequities – in addition to the challenges faced by the modern teenager. America to Me made its world premiere with the first five episodes at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in the new “Indie Episodic” category.
Finally, NBA superstar LeBron James and producing partner Maverick Carter are preparing to launch their unscripted series The Shop on premium cable network HBO.
The “unfiltered” talk show will visit barbershops from around the country to gather distinguished individuals from the worlds of sports and entertainment to speak honestly on sports, music, pop culture, world events, business and other culturally relevant topics. Produced by James and Carter’s digital media company Uninterrupted, the series will feature a powerhouse lineup including rap icon Snoop Dogg, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara, Golden State Warriors star and three-time NBA champion Draymond Green, Los Angeles Sparks star Candace Parker, and Peabody- and Emmy-winner Jon Stewart. The Shop, which will air periodically throughout the year, launches on HBO on Aug. 28 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.