In this week’s roundup, we look at unscripted series and documentaries scheduled to debut on AT&T’s Audience Network, World Channel, MTV and Showtime.
Award-winning filmmakers Ben Crosbie and Tessa Moran’s feature-length documentary The Guardians (pictured) will receive its television debut when it airs this Sunday across over-the-air digital subchannel WORLD Channel.
Produced by Eidolon Films, the 70-minute film details how the monarch butterfly and an Indigenous Mexican community depend on the same forest for their survival and how the two groups now face an uncertain future. Shot over three years, the intimate documentary takes an intimate look into the butterfly-dense mountains of Michoacan as the community works to build a sustainable path forward.
The Guardians premieres Sunday (Oct. 28) at 10 p.m. ET/PT on World Channel, and will be made available to stream on worldchannel.org and all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org, and on PBS apps.
Elsewhere, American premium cable net Showtime is gearing up to launch a three-part docuseries from executive producers LeBron James and Maverick Carter that will chart the cultural and political evolution of the NBA and its players in modern day society.
Shut Up and Dribble will examine the development of influential players as they rose above the game of basketball to become cultural icons in fashion and commerce, as well as champions of social justice in the current political climate. The docuseries is narrated by sports journalist and commentator Jemele Hill, and produced by SpringHill Entertainment and Showtime Sports Documentary Films. Shut Up and Dribble debuts Nov. 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.
Finally, American media conglomerate AT&T will launch Michael and Jeff Zimbalist’s feature-length documentary film Give Us This Day across the AT&T Audience Network this November.
The 120-minute film chronicles a year in the lives of three police officers and three residents living in East St. Louis, the city with the highest homicide rate in the country. The film looks to expose the humanity in each of the six lives as they intersect, develop and transform.
Give Us This Day will screen across AT&T’s video platforms – including DIRECTV, DIRECTV Now, U-verse and WatchTV – on Nov. 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.