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TNT is diving in the world of docuseries.
The Turner-owned cable network has greenlit new docuseries from Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore and Emmy winner Sarah Jessica Parker, it was announced as part of Turner’s upfront presentation Wednesday.
Michael Moore Live From the Apocalypse (working title) will see Moore and his team of journalists, pranksters and citizen-rebels as they dive head-first into areas like Washington, D.C., politics, Wall Street’s 1 percent, and other areas where the mainstream media and politicians are afraid to go.
Moore will direct and star in the series, as well as exec-produce with frequent collaborator and Oscar-nominee Meghan O’Hara (SiCKO). Veteran producer Nick McKinney (The Daily Show, 30 Days) will produce the show, which is slated for a late fall premiere.
The series order comes nearly two decades after Moore’s last foray into television, the satirical docuseries The Awful Truth, which was financed by Britain’s Channel 4 and aired stateside on Bravo. He also directed and hosted the newsmagazine TV Nation for the BBC in the early ‘90s, for which he won the first-ever Emmy for a nonfiction series.
Since then, Moore has gone on to win Oscars for his documentary work on Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11, among others.
“Live from the Apocalypse will be a raucous gathering place for millions of our fellow citizens in desperate need of a break from the screaming pundits and the purveyors of ‘alternative facts,'” said Moore. “Our show will be dangerous and relentless. And it will be the destination for those who want to know what’s really going on and what they might be able to do about it.”
Added Michael Bloom, TNT and TBS senior vp unscripted series and specials: “Michael Moore has proven himself to be a master at exposing the truth behind American politics, Wall Street abuses and economic injustice. His powerful and unique voice combines truth and humor on all sides of an issue.”
The second docuseries, from exec producers Parker and Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), is titled Who Run the World? A reference to the Beyonce song of the same title, the project takes a look at women’s issues.
Set to premiere later this year, the series examines some of the most divisive and complicated issues facing women in the modern era, from policing of their bodies to the micro-aggressions they face in the media. Looking at the complexities, advances and persistent inequalities that demonstrate how far women have come and how far society still has to go, the show aims to ask if — and how — we can ever live in a truly equal world.
Spurlock’s Warrior Poets and Parker’s Pretty Matches Productions will produce in partnership with Refinery29.
“It is important to me to explore the gendered experience, including the successes as well as the challenges,” said Parker. “As we continue the fight for equality in pay, access to health care, childcare and more, I hope we can give a voice to the unheard and invite every human to be a part of the conversation. I am thrilled to be partnered with Warrior Poets, Refinery 29 and TNT on this timely and important project.”
Added Spurlock: “There’s never been a better time for this series than right now, and I couldn’t have asked for better partners to make it happen. I’m so excited to tell these stories with Pretty Matches & Refinery29 and to share them with the world on TNT.”
The project marks the first TV venture for Refinery29. “We are so thrilled to be collaborating with Morgan and his amazing team again, as well as the iconic Sarah Jessica Parker on our first foray into television,” said the site’s chief content officer Amy Emmerich. “This series represents our enduring commitment to put women first through relatable and culturally responsive content. Turner and TNT have been invaluable partners to us, and we’re inspired by their active efforts to change the way women are seen onscreen.”
The two docuseries join the recently launched unscripted project from former NBA player and TNT commentator Charles Barkley, The Race Card, which looks at racial politics in America.
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