Extra: CMG takes on “Air Warriors”; truTV goes “101 Places to Party Before You Die”

Collective Media Group takes the stick on Air Warriors for Smithsonian Channel Recently launched production company Collective Media Group has taken the stick on the venerable Smithsonian Channel factual series Air ...
May 6, 2022

Collective Media Group takes the stick on Air Warriors for Smithsonian Channel

Recently launched production company Collective Media Group has taken the stick on the venerable Smithsonian Channel factual series Air Warriors for the show’s 10th season (8 x 60 min.), which is set to premiere on May 9.

Previously produced in-house by the Smithsonian Channel, the series (pictured) delves into the origin stories of some of the most iconic U.S. and UK military aircraft, using rare archival footage and first-person testimonies from the men and women who fly and maintain them.

“Our new series aims to build on the high ratings of the previous, must-watch Air Warriors shows,” said Bob Strange, executive producer of the new season for Collective Media Group. “We are bringing with us a fresh use of green-screen technology which brings the aircrafts to life and complements our deeper dive into the human stories behind the crews of these amazing machines.”

“The Channel’s global reach means it is an ideal partner for Collective, and a perfect fit when it comes to our ambition of growing our high-quality, premium factual slate,” Collective co-CEO Rebecca Knight added.

Strange and Knight are executive producers on the new season, along with Collective co-CEO Claire McArdle. Andrew Barron serves as producer. Passion Distribution handles international distribution of the series.

The new Air Warriors season joins the recently announced 2002 World Cup documentary Brazil 2002: The Real Story on Collective’s production slate.

truTV slates comedy/travel series 101 Places to Party Before You Die for July premiere

In a summer programming update, the Warner Bros. Discovery–owned TNets (TBS, TNT and truTV) set a July 7 premiere date for the previously announced TBS dating competition series The Big D and also unveiled a new unscripted comedy/travel series, 101 Places to Party Before You Die, which will debut on truTV on July 14.

Inspired by the best-selling book 101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die, the more tastefully titled series follows comedians and longtime friends Adam Pally and Jon Gabrus as they embark on a series of three-day-weekend excursions to some of the most party-hearty destinations the U.S. and its territories have to offer, where they sample the local food and drink specialties and investigate each location’s distinctive idiosyncrasies.

Destinations featured in the series include Maui, Moab, Miami, Puerto Rico, Portland, Richmond, Atlanta and Denver.

The series is produced for Warner Bros. Unscripted Television by Shed Media in association with Clone Wolf, High and Mighty Productions, 3 Arts Film & Television and Artists First. Michael Rucker is showrunner, and also serves as executive producer along with leads Pally and Gabrus, Dan Peirson, Lisa Shannon, Julie Golden, Greg Walter, Josh Lieberman, Tucker Voorhees and Brian Steinberg.

HGTV to premiere Mother’s Day-themed home-reno series on TikTok

HGTV will make its first venture into TikTok territory with a new eight-part series starring Help! I Wrecked My House Host Jasmine Roth, which will premiere on the social media platform on Sunday (May 8).

The Mother’s Day-themed series follows Roth as she surprises her mother with a top-to-bottom beach condo renovation, featuring customized storage solutions, unique design elements and artwork courtesy of Roth’s two-year-old daughter.

Following the Sunday premiere, new episodes of the series will drop daily through May 15.

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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.