Second Season of Culinary Docuseries ‘How She Rolls’ Due on PBS Living in September

“How She Rolls,” the culinary docuseries that follows the life of baker Carrie Morey, returns for a second season on PBS Living Sept. 12.

The first season followed Morey, an award-winning baker, author, business owner, mother, wife and daughter, as her family and business, Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, went through the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, when she learned to balance being a mom with the pressures of being a business owner during a world health crisis.

In the 10-episode season two, she experiences the growing success of her business, which leads to more challenges. New players, rising costs, store closures and health issues create obstacles, but also help her refocus personally and professionally.

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“This has been an incredible journey — filming our second season, the tremendous growth of the business, and of course, balancing it all with the ups and downs of family life,” Morey said in a statement. “I hope we are not only entertaining viewers and causing mouths to water over our one-of-a-kind, homemade biscuits, but also providing valuable insights into the demands of being a young company without losing sight of how important caring for your loved ones is.”

The subscription rate for PBS Living is $2.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. PBS Living is also available on Apple TV Channels in the Apple TV app at a subscription rate of $2.99 per month with no additional annual fees.

Other titles coming to PBS Living in September include “Dr. Lori Mosca’s 3 Keys to Heart Health” on Sept. 6; “Younger Next Year: The New Science of Aging” on Sept. 8; “Motorweek Season 42” on Sept. 13; and “Rivers of Life, Season 2 ” on Sept. 28.

Apple TV+ to Bow ‘Gutsy’ Docuseries With Hillary and Chelsea Clinton

“Gutsy,” an eight-part documentary series following Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton as they celebrate the women who inspire them, will premiere on Apple TV+ Sept. 9.

Based on the Clintons’ New York Times best-selling book, The Book of Gutsy Women, the docuseries features the duo as they embark on a journey to speak with pioneering women artists, activists, community leaders and everyday heroes. 

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Appearing in the series are Kim Kardashian, Megan Thee Stallion, Dr. Jane Goodall, Gloria Steinem, Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson and many more.

Season One of History’s ‘Great Escapes With Morgan Freeman’ Headed to DVD May 17

Season one of the History series “Great Escapes With Morgan Freeman” arrives May 17 on DVD from Lionsgate.

Hosted and narrated by Morgan Freeman, the series takes a deep dive into the inner workings of some of the most notorious prison escapes in history throughout the world. The eight-part docuseries explores prison escapes from Alcatraz and Rikers Island to Germany’s Stalag Luft III and HM Prison Maze in Belfast. Featuring recreations and cutting-edge visual effects, along with interviews with some of the prisoners themselves, their families, their cell mates and guards who were there, “Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman” uncovers every step of the most intricate and daring escapes — by convicted criminals, POWs and political prisoners — and the exhaustive manhunts that ensued.

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Seasons One and Two of ‘History’s Greatest Mysteries’ Due on DVD June 7

Seasons one and two of the docuseries “History’s Greatest Mysteries,” covering some of the most historically important and enduring mysteries from all over the world, arrives June 7 on DVD from Lionsgate.

Hosted and narrated by actor Laurence Fishburne, “History’s Greatest Mysteries” explores the most popular theories surrounding the world’s most elusive unsolved mysteries. From deaths and disappearances of famous figures to buried treasures and alleged government cover-ups, each episode of the first two seasons of the docuseries features interviews with renowned historians, scientists and researches as they examine long-held explanations for these paradoxical events. 

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Peacock to Stream First WWE Original Series ‘WWE Evil,’ Hosted by John Cena, March 24

Peacock announced that its first WWE original series “WWE Evil” will begin streaming exclusively on the service March 24.

Created and hosted by John Cena, the eight-part docuseries is the latest expansion of WWE programming on Peacock, and the first-ever original from WWE Studios. It takes a look at the most diabolical antagonists in WWE history.

“As Peacock continues to expand its WWE programming, we are thrilled to bring the new original series ‘WWE Evil’ to the platform, working with the one and only John Cena,” Benny Reuven, VP of entertainment unscripted content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said in a statement. “There is no one better to take viewers into the minds of WWE’s fiercest villains than Cena himself. We can’t wait for WWE fans to devour this series.”

Each one-hour episode dives into a single infamous heel, including each villain’s history, their key rivalries and career defining moments. Villains include “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, The Miz, Sasha Banks, the Brothers of Destruction, Randy Orton, Stephanie McMahon, Ric Flair and Roman Reigns.

“WWE Evil” was created by executive producer John Cena.

Peacock is the exclusive streaming home in the United States for WWE, offering fans catalog content in addition to premium live events.

Docuseries ‘They Call Me Magic’ Streaming on Apple TV+ April 22

They Call Me Magic, a four-part documentary series that takes a look into the life and career of Earvin “Magic” Johnson, will premiere April 22 on Apple TV+.

They Call Me Magic offers a rare glimpse into the  story of Johnson, who left his mark on history through his work — both on and off the court — and continues to impact our culture today.

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The docuseries explores Johnson’s journey from being the face of the Los Angeles Lakers and cementing himself as an all-time NBA legend, to changing the conversation around HIV and transforming into a successful entrepreneur and community activist. From his humble beginnings in Lansing, Mich., to becoming the global force he is today, They Call Me Magic features intimate interviews with Magic, his family, and an all-star lineup.

Apple TV+ Scores Docuseries on Magic Johnson

Apple TV+ has picked up a documentary  series that will chronicle the life and career of two-time NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

A New Slate Ventures and XTR Production, the four-part docuseries will explore the accomplishments and global impact of Johnson’s life, both on and off the court. From his humble beginnings in Lansing, Mich., to becoming a five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, he changed the conversation around HIV and transcended into a community activist and successful entrepreneur. Featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews with Magic, powerhouses from business and politics, and those in his inner circle, the series will offer an unprecedented look at one of sport’s all-time greats.

Directed by Rick Famuyiwa (“Dope”) with editor Dirk Westervelt (“Ford v. Ferrari”) and cinematographer Rachel Morrison (Black Panther), the docuseries is produced for Apple by XTR and New Slate Ventures, and produced in association with H.Wood Media and Delirio Films.

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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.

Ling 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