In this week’s roundup, we look at unscripted series and documentaries scheduled to debut on MTV, Bravo Media, Netflix and HBO.
Digital streaming giant Netflix is gearing up to launch Kim A. Snyder’s documentary short Lessons from a School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane (pictured) on Friday (Sept. 28).
The 22-minute film, which held its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, documents Father Bob Weiss, who was tasked with burying eight of the 20 children killed in the Sandy Hook massacre on Dec. 14, 2012. In the wake of the shooting, Weiss receives a letter from Father Basil O’Sullivan in Dunblane, Scotland where, in 1996, 16 school children were gunned down. The film follows as the two priests forge a bond across the Atlantic through a series of letters while sharing experiences of trauma and recovery.
NBCUniversal lifestyle network Bravo Media is prepping a four-part event series from Our House Media that will look to bridge America’s widening divide.
Taking place in rural Waverly, Kansas, Welcome to Waverly will chronicle seven city-dwellers who will be paired up to work alongside a local counterpart in their respective industries for six weeks. The docuseries seeks to break down dividing walls to explore what happens when people from varying races, religions, sexual and gender orientations live and work together in a small town. Welcome to Waverly runs Oct. 22 through to the 25th at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Meanwhile, premium cable network HBO will provide insight into Queen Elizabeth II role as a figurehead on the global stage and how she is passing the torch to the younger members of the Royal Family.
Produced by London-based Oxford Films and directed by Matt Hill, Queen of the World offers a look at Her Majesty The Queen’s role as head of the Commonwealth, as well as her legacy and the future of the throne. Filmed over more than a year with privileged access to The Queen, her family, her staff and her residences, the documentary tells the story of how the Commonwealth and its growth have been a central focus and passion throughout Elizabeth II’s life. The film also makes use of footage from The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s private film archives and treasures of the Royal Collection. The 60-minute documentary debuts Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
Finally, Viacom-owned, youth-focused network MTV will test the bonds of trust between two parties when it launches How Far is Tattoo Far? next month.
Adapted from the MTV UK format Just Tattoo of Us, the Big Fish Entertainment-produced series puts relationships to the test by asking pairs of friends, family members and couples to design tattoos for one another that won’t be revealed until after they’ve been permanently inked.
Younger actor Nico Tortorella and Jersey Shore Family Vacation‘s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi serve as hosts when the series bows Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. The U.S. series will also debut on MTV’s international channels in nearly 180 countries around the world beginning in October.