Disney+ Greenlights Nat Geo Docu-Series ‘On the Edge With Alex Honnold’

Disney+ has greenlighted the three-part National Geographic original docu-series “On the Edge With Alex Honnold.”

In the series, Honnold, subject of Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo (now available on Disney+), will embark on his dream of exploring Greenland and summiting its most challenging and remote peaks. Along the way, he will meet the scientists working on the front line of climate change and witness the impacts of the rapid melting for himself.

With an overabundance of virgin climbs, impossible walls, world class and deadly, Greenland is considered the world’s last great climbing frontier and has also become the crucible of the climate crisis. In 2020, 300 billion tons of Greenland ice disappeared, the biggest annual melt in recorded history.  As Honnold explores the impact that has had, he and his team will face intimidating icebergs, dangerous moulins (sinkholes on glaciers), difficult rockfalls and ice storms.

His ultimate test will come from Peak 3342, to-date unclimbed and one of the highest peaks in Greenland. Though there’s more exposed rock and less snow and ice, this is uncharted territory.

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“I’ve always wanted to climb in Greenland — it has some of the most remote and epic walls in the world. But it’s also being tremendously affected by climate change,” Honnold said in a statement. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to explore the climbing while also sharing some of the local impacts of climate change with a global audience. Our changing climate is the biggest issue facing humanity and I hope that this will help inspire people to take action.”

Honnold is a professional adventure rock climber whose audacious free solo ascents of America’s biggest cliffs have made him one of the most recognized and followed climbers in the world. He is also the founder of the Honnold Foundation, an environmental nonprofit devoted to fighting climate change by promoting solar energy for a more equitable world.

HBO Max Orders ‘Take Out’ Docuseries With Lisa Ling

HBO Max has given a six-part series order to the Max Original “Take Out,” a docuseries from Part2 Pictures that follows journalist Lisa Ling as she takes viewers behind the counter and into the lives of the people and families who run some of America’s more than 45,000 Asian restaurants.

Lisa explores the storied and complicated journey of the Asian community, past and present, at a critical time, while zig-zagging the country celebrating the joy that the little white take-out box can bring.

“It is time that we learn about a community that has been integral to America’s development but has largely been ignored by American history,” Ling said in a statement. “My own family’s path to their American dream started in a Chinese restaurant, and I cannot wait to learn the stories of those whose journey paralleled mine throughout different parts of this country.”

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“With ‘Take Out,’ we will pay tribute to the hard work and countless contributions of Asian Americans whose restaurants helped shape the cultural tapestry and cuisines of America,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max, said in a statement. “Lisa is one of a few storytellers who could paint the trials and triumphs of a community as told through the lens of a restaurant.”

“Take Out” is produced by Part2 Pictures with executive producers Ling and David Shadrack Smith.

“This has been a long-standing passion project that feels as relevant as ever,” Smith said in a statement. “It’s a chance to join Lisa on an especially personal exploration — and build on our long relationship together delving deep into the dynamics of America through the people that make it diverse and complex.”

Part2 Pictures is currently producing the eighth season of “This Is Life With Lisa Ling.”

IMDb: ‘The Boys,’ ‘The Queen’s Gambit,’ ‘Tiger King,’ ‘The Last Dance’ Among Top TV Shows in 2020

Amazon-owned movie and TV data base IMDb.com Dec. 8 unveiled the Top 10 TV Shows of 2020 and, for the first time ever, the Top 10 Docuseries and Top 10 Reality and Competition TV Series. Rather than base its annual rankings on small statistical samplings or reviews from professional critics, IMDb determines its list of most popular shows from its proprietary rankings of shows based on the actual page views of the more than 200 million monthly visitors to IMDb.

“Though reality TV was in its infancy when IMDb was founded 30 years ago, it’s grown enormously in terms of the diversity, scale and, in many cases, prestige of its offerings,” Brian Carver, head of content and licensing for IMDb, said in a statement.

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Carver said 2020 proved to be a standout year for TV and streaming series, with an assortment of true breakout shows, turning many of these programs — including Amazon’s “The Boys,” Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit,” “Tiger King,” and ESPN’s “The Last Dance” and Netflix’s “Too Hot to Handle” — into cultural moments.

Keith Simanton, managing editor for IMDbPro, said it’s notable that many of the top reality programs have had exceptionally long runs, including an incredible 40 seasons of “Survivor” and 12 seasons of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

“We celebrate these shows for their ongoing creativity and longevity, keeping fans coming back for more, year after year,” Simanton said.

IMDb Top 10 TV Shows of 2020

  1. The Boys
  2. Money Heist (La Casa de Papel)
  3. Dark
  4. Ozark
  5. The Mandalorian
  6. The Queen’s Gambit
  7. The Umbrella Academy
  8. Westworld
  9. The Witcher
  10. The Crown

 

IMDb Top 10 Docuseries of 2020

  1. Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness
  2. The Last Dance
  3. Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
  4. The Vow
  5. Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich
  6. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
  7. Down to Earth with Zac Efron
  8. McMillions
  9. Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak
  10. The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez

 

IMDb Top 10 Reality and Competition Series of 2020

  1. Too Hot to Handle
  2. Selling Sunset
  3. Love Is Blind
  4. The Great British Bake Off (The Great British Baking Show)
  5. Keeping Up with the Kardashians
  6. The Masked Singer
  7. Top Gear
  8. Survivor
  9. RuPaul’s Drag Race
  10. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Apple TV+ Orders World Surf League Docuseries

Apple TV+ has ordered a six-part documentary series from Box to Box Films and the World Surf League (WSL) offering a behind-the-scenes look at championship surfing.

The series chronicles the aspirations, failures and accomplishments of the world’s best surfers as they battle for the WSL title and struggle to remain on the elite WSL Championship Tour.

Each episode will be an exploration of the characters who make up the 2021 WSL Men’s and Women’s tour, taking viewers on a journey to surfing locations across the globe, starting in Hawaii on Dec. 4, 2020. The docuseries will dive into different surfing cultures, as well as timely subjects tied to the sport including eco-conservation, sustainability and marine preservation.

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The docuseries will be produced for Apple by Box to Box Films and in partnership with the WSL.

Nicki Minaj Docuseries Coming to HBO Max

Rapper Nicki Minaj will bow a docuseries on HBO Max based on her life.

Each of the six, half-hour episodes of the untitled project will tell the story of her personal and professional journey. Minaj will guide viewers through the most challenging and fulfilling times in her life, navigating highs, lows and misguided agendas in her rise to fame and her journey to motherhood. Minaj’s many achievements include 19 Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits, and 114 total entries on the Billboard Hot 100 — the record for “Most Billboard Hot 100 Entries Ever by a Female Artist.”

“Nicki Minaj is a multi-faceted artist, businesswoman, and innovator as well as force to be reckoned with. It’s a privilege to bring this project to HBO Max and provide our viewers with unprecedented access to her life,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max, said in a statement.

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The series is directed by six-time Emmy nominee Michael John Warren, who made his directorial debut with Jay-Z’s Fade to Black. Executive Producers are Minaj, Warren and Aaron L. Gilbert, Brenda Gilbert and Cassandra Butcher for Bron Life, in association with Creative Wealth Media. Bron Life, the non-scripted arm of Bron Studios, is focused on original docuseries, documentary films and short-form digital content centered around socially relevant themes and topics. The division also recently announced the civil justice series “Homicide or Justified” with civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump.

“Nicki Minaj is one of the most important and influential recording artists of all time; never to be duplicated — and many have tried. We are proud to support this living icon, as she bravely opens her home to the world,” said Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert and Brenda Gilbert in a joint statement.

“I love that this series not only provides an all-access glimpse at one of the most iconic musicians of our generation; it also profiles the brave woman behind the artist, Onika. I believe all of us can learn a great deal from her remarkable professional and personal life. It’s an honor to be entrusted with this dynamic story,” said director Warren in a statment.

Minaj broke the news on social media with this announcement video.

Apple TV+ Orders Docuseries ‘The Supermodels’

Apple TV+ has ordered “The Supermodels,” a docuseries that will feature interviews with Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington, who will revisit their iconic modeling careers and the ’90s fashion scene.

From Imagine Documentaries, the project will be directed and executive produced by two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple (American Dream; Shut Up and Sing; Harlan County, USA) and executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, along with Campbell, Crawford, Evangelista and Turlington.

“The Supermodels” travels back to the 1980s, when four women from different corners of the world united in New York. Their prestige was so extraordinary that it enabled the four to supersede the brands they showcased, making the names Naomi, Cindy, Linda and Christy as prominent as the designers who styled them. Today, the four supermodels remain on the frontlines of culture through activism, philanthropy and business prowess. As the fashion industry continues to redefine itself — and women’s roles within it — this is the story of power and how four women came together to claim it, paving the way for those to follow.

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The docuseries, which is produced under Apple’s exclusive first-look agreement with Imagine Documentaries, will also be executive produced by Sara Bernstein and Justin Wilkes.

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