In this week’s roundup, we look at unscripted series and documentaries scheduled to debut on National Geographic, HBO, YouTube and A&E.
As previously announced, Nat Geo will premiere the four-part docuseries Inside North Korea’s Dynasty, about the inner workings of the secretive Kim Dynasty in North Korea, on Nov. 11.
A year in the making, Inside North Korea’s Dynasty will examine the internal dynamics and history of the world’s only communist dynasty through a combination of expert insight, rare archival footage, secret audio tapes from inside the regime and first-hand testimonies, including from retired U.S. Col. Victor Vierra, in his first television interview; Shin Jyeung-Kyun, the son of kidnapped South Korean filmmakers; Kang In-Deok, director of the Korean CIA, North Korea bureau; and former NBA star Dennis Rodman, who discusses his relationship with Kim Jong Un.
The 72 Films-produced series premieres premieres with back-to-back episodes on Nov. 11 and Nov. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic in the U.S. and globally in 171 countries and 43 languages.
Elsewhere, the feature-length doc The Truth About Killer Robots (pictured), from Russian director Maxim Pozdorovkin will premiere exclusively on HBO Nov. 26.
The film, which had its world premiere at TIFF, looks at robotics in the 21st century, when automation is replacing human labor and machines are used in everything from manufacturing to policing, inviting questions of accountability and morality. Narrated by a Japanese android, the film includes interviews with Illah Nourbakhsh, professor of ethics and computational technologies at Carnegie Mellon; Marios Savvides, director of biometrics research at Carnegie Mellon; and philosopher John Campbell, among others.
The Truth About Killer Robots debuts Nov. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on HBO, and will also be available on HBO on Demand, HBO Now, HBO Go and partners’ streaming platforms.
Over on YouTube, Participant Media and Concordia Studio’s Sundance-winning The Price of Free from director Derek Doneen will drop on Nov. 27.
Directed by Derek Doneen, the 90-minute feature follows Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and his team of leaders around the world as they struggle to liberate children forced into slave labor due to rising global demands for cheap goods. The doc follows the filmmaker and his team as they go undercover with hidden cameras, posing as buyers in the black market. The Price of Free will be available to stream on the YouTube channel SoulPancake on Nov. 27.
Finally, A&E’s previously announced docuseries The Devil Next Door will launch across the A+E Networks flagship channel on Nov. 27.
Produced by Los Angeles-based Collins Avenue, The Devil Next Door is a six-part series that chronicles the efforts of ex-members of North Carolina-based World of Faith Fellowship Church as they reveal the abuse they allegedly endured behind closed doors. The series follows the former members as they work to convince family and loved ones, still embroiled in the church, to leave, all while telling their story to the press in the hopes of provoking change. The Devil Next Door premieres Nov. 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.