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REALITY-COMPETITION


Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip with Sam and Graham

Sam Heughan (EP/Host) Graham McTavish (EP/Host)

Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult

Inbal B. Lessner (Lead Editor/EP) Cecilia Peck (Director/EP)

Welcome to Chechnya

David France (Director/Producer/Writer) Alice Henty (Producer) Askold Kurov (Producer/Director of Photography)

40 Years a Prisoner

Mike Africa Jr. (Subject/Original Song: “Fly Baby”) Mike Jackson (EP) Tommy Oliver (Director/Producer/Editor/Director of Photography)

Expecting Amy

Alexander Hammer (EP/Director/Editor) Amy Schumer (Producer)

Legendary

Jameela Jamil (EP/Judge) Leiomy Maldonado (Judge) Law Roach (Judge) Dashaun Wesley (MC)

Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi (Host/EP)

Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself

Stephen Colbert (EP) Derek DelGaudio (Writer/Creator/Performer) Frank Oz (Director)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 9:31am - 9:42am

City So Real

Amara Enyia (Series Subject) Steve James (Director/Producer/Editor)

BET 9:42am - 9:53am

2020 BET Awards

Jesse Collins (Founder/CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment/EP) Connie Orlando (EVP/Specials/Music Programming & Music Strategy)

STARZ 8:03am - 8:24am

HBO 8:24am - 8:47am

HBO MAX 8:47am - 9:10am

HULU 9:10am - 9:31am

SCHEDULE AND SPEAKERS SUBJECT TO CHANGE


BET 9:53am - 10:05am

Smoke: Marijuana + Black America

Scott Durrah (Master Cannabis Chef of Simply Pure Dispensary) Wanda James (Co-founder/COO of Simply Pure Dispensary) Erik Parker (Director)

MORNING BREAK - 10 MINUTES

Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil

Demi Lovato (Subject) Michael D. Ratner (Director)

This Is Paris

Alexandra Dean (Director) Paris Hilton (Subject)

VH1 10:37am - 10:48am

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Symone (RPDR Season 13 Finalist) Shea Couleé (RPDR All Stars 5 Winner) Jaida Essence Hall (RPDR Season 12 Winner) Jamal Sims (Choreographer)

LIFETIME 10:48am - 10:59am

Wendy Williams: What A Mess!

Wendy Williams (Star/EP)

NETFLIX 11:00am - 11:51am

Nailed It!

Nicole Byer (Host)

Queer Eye

Bobby Berk (Host) Karamo Brown (Host) Tan France (Host) Antoni Porowski (Host) Jonathan Van Ness (Host)

The Social Dilemma

Jeff Orlowski (Director) Larissa Rhodes (Producer)

Indian Matchmaking

Smriti Mundhra (EP) Sima Taparia (Matchmaker)

Lenox Hill

Adi Barash (Director/Producer) Ruthie Shatz (Director/Producer)

YOUTUBE ORIGINALS 10:16am - 10:37am

LUNCH BREAK - 30 MINUTES SCHEDULE AND SPEAKERS SUBJECT TO CHANGE


AMAZON STUDIOS 12:24pm - 12:47pm

FX 12:47pm - 1:41pm

APPLE TV+ 1:41pm - 2:13pm

Yearly Departed

Rachel Brosnahan (EP/Eulogist) Bess Kalb (EP/Head Writer) Linda Mendoza (Director) Franchesca Ramsey (Writer)

What the Constitution Means to Me

Heidi Schreck (Writer/Performer/EP)

The Killing of Breonna Taylor (The New York Times Presents)

Lora Moftah (Producer) Yoruba Richen (Producer/Director)

Pride

Alex Stapleton (EP/Showrunner) Christine Vachon (EP)

Hysterical

Marina Franklin (Stand-Up Comic) Jessica Kirson (Stand-Up Comic/EP) Andrea Nevins (Director/EP)

Framing Britney Spears (The New York Times Presents)

Liz Day (Senior Story Editor) Mary Robertson (Showrunner/EP) Samantha Stark (Producer/Director)

Hip Hop Uncovered

Jonathan Chinn (EP) Rashidi Natara Harper (EP/Director) Malcolm Spellman (EP)

The Year Earth Changed

Tom Beard (Director) Mike Gunton (EP)

Dear…

Jane Cha Cutler (EP) R.J. Cutler (EP) Randy Wilkins (Director, Spike Lee episode)

1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything

James Gay-Rees (EP) Chris King (EP/Editor) Danielle Peck (Series Producer/Director) James Rogan (Director)

SCHEDULE AND SPEAKERS SUBJECT TO CHANGE


APPLE ORIGINAL FILMS 2:13pm - 2:24pm

Boys State

Steven Garza (Subject) Amanda McBaine (Producer/Director) Jesse Moss (Producer/Director)

AFTERNOON BREAK - 10 MINUTES

MTV ENTERTAINMENT STUDIOS 2:35pm - 2:47pm

The Real World Homecoming: New York

Heather B. Gardner (Cast Member) Jon Murray (Creator/EP, Bunim/Murray Productions) Kevin Powell (Cast Member) George Verschoor (EP, Bunim/Murray Productions)

MTV DOCUMENTARY FILMS 2:47pm - 2:57pm

76 Days

Jean Tsien (Producer) Hao Wu (Director)

MTV 2:57pm - 3:08pm

The Challenge: Double Agents

Emer Harkin (EP, Bunim/Murray Productions) Aneesa Ferreira (Cast Member) Leroy Garrett (Cast Member) Julie Pizzi (President, Bunim/Murray Productions)

CBS 3:08pm - 3:30pm

Tough as Nails

Louise Keoghan (Co-Creator/EP ) Phil Keoghan (Host/Co-Creator/EP)

The Amazing Race

Elise Doganieri (Co-Creator/EP) Bertram van Munster (Co-Creator/EP/Director)

I Can See Your Voice

Ken Jeong (Host/EP)

The Masked Singer

James Breen (Showrunner/EP) Ken Jeong (Panelist) Rosie Seitchik (EP)

FOX 3:30pm - 3:51pm

S W E E P S TA K E S PA R T N E R S

SCHEDULE AND SPEAKERS SUBJECT TO CHANGE


WELCOME TO

CONTENDERS

The newest addition to Deadline’s Contenders line-up celebrates documentaries and unscripted television BY M AT T H E W C A R E Y

YES, DEADLINE’S CONTENDERS

childhood trauma she says prompted

TELEVISION: DOCUMENTARY &

her to create a paradoxically “carefree”

UNSCRIPTED “GOES THERE.”

persona. Phil Keoghan tells us why

veteran, picks up on that idea during the

AGAIN AND AGAIN.

“derogatory comments” he heard about

Contenders panel on the Emmy-winning

a certain class of people inspired him to

VH1 show.

Singer-actress Demi Lovato reveals the

like the last year we were all missing.” Shea Couleé, RuPaul’s Drag Race

personal experience she found hardest

create his CBS series Tough as Nails. And

to discuss in her incredibly intimate

host/ EP Padma Lakshmi reveals how she

living rooms every single week,” Couleé

docuseries Demi Lovato: Dancing with

used food as a “Trojan Horse” to explore

says, “has allowed us to connect with

the Devil. Wendy Williams explains why

political issues in her Hulu docuseries

people on such a deeper level.”

it felt “freeing and cleansing” to share

Taste the Nation.

“Us being able to come into people’s

The networks, cable channels, and

everything in Wendy Williams: What a

Television played a bigger role than

streaming platforms represented in our

Mess! Expecting Amy’s Amy Schumer

ever in our lives over the past year when

Documentary & Unscripted Contenders

goes there too—telling Deadline how the

the Covid pandemic kept so many

event extend from A to (almost) Z:

difficult pregnancy she documents in her

people indoors and in desperate need

Apple TV+ to YouTube Originals. That

three-part documentary felt like “having

of diversion—one of the themes that

range underscores the dynamic growth

food poisoning for nine months.”

emerges through the Contenders panels.

in nonfiction content across the viewing

The revelations come one after another

“It felt really good to be able to give

landscape—a bonanza for TV fans and

in our full-day event featuring the most

everybody that virtual hug,” Queer Eye

streaming subscribers, but a challenge for

compelling films and series in contention

co-host Bobby Berk comments during

awards voters trying to stay on top of it all.

for television’s top honors. Paris Hilton

the Contenders discussion on the Netflix

Contenders is your indispensable guide

joins us to talk about her eye-opening

series, “and give them that warmth and

to exceptional work in multiple awards

This Is Paris, a film documenting the

that love and that connection that I feel

categories. Enjoy!


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Meet the moderators The Deadline staffers who’ll be guiding you through this year’s Contenders

YOUR EMCEE JOE UTICHI

EXECUTIVE AWARDS EDITOR

Joe oversees Deadline’s print magazine for the Oscar and Emmy seasons, as well as its special “Disruptors” edition for the Cannes Film Festival. He has been with Deadline since 2012 and serves as emcee for Deadline’s Contenders events. Prior to joining, his work regularly appeared in his native UK, for outlets including The Sunday Times and The Guardian. He has also worked extensively in film and television, producing EPK and production notes and serving as a unit publicist. He is a member of BAFTA and has sat on multiple juries for the BAFTA Film Awards.

YOUR MODERATORS MATTHEW CAREY

DOCUMENTARY EDITOR, AWARDSLINE

Matthew Carey joined Deadline full-time in 2020, after a long association as a freelancer, to specialize in coverage of the nonfiction film landscape. Matthew is a writer and producer whose work has appeared on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español. He has written extensively about documentary film for CNN and CNN.com, Documentary magazine, NBCNews.com and TheWrap. MATT GROBAR

ASSOCIATE EDITOR, NIGHTS & WEEKENDS

Matt joined the editors’ desk in March 2021 after five years as Awardsline’s Assistant Editor. In that role, he contributed to the coverage and editing of the magazines throughout the year, focusing on artist interviews revolving around awards season and its big nights

including the Oscars and Emmys. Matt also manages the Production Value video series, which spotlights the premier craft talent working in film and TV. He also is part of Deadline’s festival studio team at the likes of Sundance, Tribeca and Toronto. Before Deadline he worked at UTA, 8thDay Pictures and Infinity Management International. DADE HAYES

FINANCE EDITOR

Dade joined Deadline as a New Yorkbased contributor in 2017. He leads business and Wall Street coverage as well as writing about film, TV, regulation, advertising and other East Coast happenings. Dade has spent two decades tracking the entertainment industry as a writer and editor for Variety, Entertainment Weekly and Broadcasting & Cable. His freelance work has appeared in the New York Times and

Los Angeles Times, and he is the author of two books and an installment of the Wondery podcast Business Wars. DIANA LODDERHOSE

INTERNATIONAL FEATURES EDITOR

Diana has been working in global film journalism since 2005. Before returning to Deadline in 2021 to focus on features for international film and television, she was previously International Reporter for the site. She is based in London and has frequently covered all the major film festivals and markets including Cannes, Berlin, AFM, Toronto and Sundance. Prior to joining Deadline, Diana was the UK correspondent for Variety and also covered film news and box office at Screen International. AMANDA N’DUKA REPORTER

Amanda started as an intern with


Deadline soon after landing in Los Angeles in 2014 and two years later became the site’s first homegrown full-time staffer. Since then, the Nigerian Texas-native has contributed to breaking news in both film and television and covered events from the Oscars to the Emmys, Golden Globes, Comic-Con, SXSW, the ATX Television Festival, and more. With Dino-Ray Ramos she co-hosts Deadline’s New Hollywood podcast, which champions people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community and other underrepresented voices in film and television. DOMINIC PATTEN

SENIOR EDITOR, LEGAL & TV CRITIC

Dominic covers litigious Hollywood’s major lawsuits and weighs in on the current Golden Age of television with his video reviews and more. Before joining Deadline in 2012, he wrote for

the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, and the Toronto Globe and Mail. A frequent guest on NPR, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC and CBS, he also has been a documentary director, TV producer, national news correspondent and a newspaper editor. DINO-RAY RAMOS

NEW HOLLYWOOD CO-HOST

Dino-Ray joined Deadline in 2017 and writes about inclusion and diversity issues in the industry, genre film & TV, as well as pop culture and media. Based in Los Angeles, he also covers events and awards shows such as the Oscars, Emmys, Comic-Con and the TCA press tour. Additionally, he co-hosts the GLAAD Award-winning New Hollywood Podcast with Deadline’s Amanda N’Duka, which champions people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community and other underrepresented voices in film

and television. A Texas native, Dino-Ray worked as film and TV reporter for the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle before moving to Los Angeles. Prior to Deadline, he was chief film critic at the Tracking Board and has written on film and television for Vogue, Entertainment Tonight, Bustle, Paste Magazine, and NBC Asian America. PETER WHITE

TELEVISION EDITOR

Peter, who joined Deadline in 2017, is a respected veteran TV journalist who previously worked at UK-based Broadcast, where after starting there in 2013, rose to News Editor, responsible for putting together the weekly magazine as well as breaking daily news. Before that he was deputy editor of Television Business International magazine. He covers the television industry from Deadline’s Los Angeles bureau.


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REALITY-COMPETITION


THE

SHOWS STARZ

Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip with Sam and Graham Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish, stars of Outlander, take a roadtrip across Scotland to discover the rich, complex heritage of their native country. Filmed prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, their journey takes them to meet local artisans, historians, and experts who highlight the history and culture of the country. Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult This documentary follows India Oxenburg, a former member of NXIVM, as she comes to terms with her experiences in the cult. Promoted as a self-help organization and multi-level marketing company, NXIVM turned out to be a cult involved in sex trafficking, forced labor, and racketeering. Oxenburg examines her own culpability and the abuse she received while a member. HBO

Welcome to Chechnya Celebrated at Sundance 2020, this powerful documentary exposes how, in 2017, the Chechen government launched an

outright purge against LGBTQ+ people, involving murder, torture and other forms of abuse. Using hidden cameras and ingenious masking techniques to hide his subject’s identities, David France’s chilling film features eyewitness testimony from people forced to escape from Russia through a network of safe houses aided by activists. 40 Years a Prisoner Within a shocking story of injustice lies another. On the one hand, 40 Years A Prisoner is the story of an African American couple locked up without parole after a heavy-handed police raid on their community turned violent. But on the other, it is also the story of their son, Mike Africa Jr., who fought for 40 years to see the parents he had never seen outside prison walls. HBO MAX

Expecting Amy Never one to fear criticism for her trademark brutally honest approach, actress and comedian Amy Schumer put herself out there with this three-part miniseries. Beginning—fortuitously— on the day she found out she was

pregnant, Schumer chronicles the difficulties and challenges that she experienced week after week right up until the birth of her child. In public and in private, Schumer reveals all. Legendary First captured in the seminal 1990 LGBTQ+ documentary Paris Is Burning, New York’s flamboyant “ball culture” scene has become a countercultural legend, inspiring both the multi-award-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race and the major hit FX drama Pose. Legendary takes things back to basics, being a reality-based competition in which rival “houses”, mimicking the world of couture, do battle on the dancefloor and the catwalk. HULU

Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi Padma Lakshmi takes the audience on a culinary journey across America with a focus on the diverse food culture of different immigrant groups. She seeks out Americans from all over the country to share a meal and uncover how their histories and cultures have shaped what American food is today.


WELCOME TO CHECHNYA

MEN IN KILTS: A ROADTRIP WITH SAM AND GRAHAM

EXPECTING AMY

40 YEARS A PRISONER

TASTE THE NATION WITH PADMA LAKSHMI

SEDUCED: INSIDE THE NXIVM CULT LEGENDARY


DEREK DELGAUDIO’S IN & OF ITSELF

CITY SO REAL

INDIAN MATCHMAKING

Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself Storyteller and conceptual magician Derek DelGaudio attempts to see through the illusion that is identity in this film. In an intimate and powerful exploration of the concept of identity, DelGaudio uses a mixture of illusions, personal storytelling, and audience participation to search for the answer to the question, “Who am I?” NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

City So Real In this five-part documentary series, director Steve James depicts the 2019 mayoral election and protests after the death of George Floyd. In examining these events, the film provides deep insight into the complex nature of Chicago, and how the residents of the city grappled with both social upheaval and with the Covid-19 pandemic.

2020 BET AWARDS

THIS IS PARIS

DEMI LOVATO: DANCING WITH THE DEVIL

BET

2020 BET Awards The mood was somber but positive at the 20th BET Awards, which celebrates Black Achievement and culture in entertainment, music, sports, TV and movies. The first ceremony to be held virtually in its 20-year history, the locked-down event honored the lives lost to police brutality and racial injustice in a turbulent year. Winners included Drake, Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé, who was presented with the show’s Humanitarian Award by Michelle Obama. Smoke: Marijuana + Black America The legal cannabis industry is expected to generate $30bn in sales by 2025, and this two-hour special—narrated and exec-produced by multi-platinum rapper Nas—examines the fascinating, complex history of marijuana

within the African American community. The drug’s popularity in music culture is well documented, but lesser known is the impact on the worlds of sport, business and politics. YOUTUBE ORIGINALS

Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil Demi Lovato reveals her personal and professional journey over the last three years in this four-part documentary. Titled after Lovato’s song “Dancing with the Devil”, the series covers her relapse in 2018 and near-fatal overdose later that year. Covering more than just substance abuse, Lovato also delves into unspoken experiences in her past. This Is Paris Model and reality star Paris Hilton confronts her past traumas in this documentary. With no topic off-limits, Hilton reveals intimate details and stories about her life


SMOKE: MARIJUANA + BLACK AMERICA

QUEER EYE

that have never been heard before. The film tosses aside her reality show and tabloid persona and shows Paris Hilton as her true self. VH1

RuPaul’s Drag Race Iconic drag artist and host RuPaul searches for “America’s next drag superstar” in this VH1 reality competition. The contestants compete in various challenges that test their performance skills, for the chance to win $100,000, a year’s supply of cosmetics, and a crown and scepter that will signify them as a drag superstar. LIFETIME

Wendy Williams: What A Mess! In this no-holds-barred documentary, Wendy Williams discusses the highs and lows of her journey, including never-before heard truths about her private

NAILED IT!

THE SOCIAL DILEMMA

WENDY WILLIAMS: WHAT A MESS!

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE

life. Williams discusses her notorious feuds with celebrities, her shocking divorce, her childhood, and the private darkness she has endured. This is the story of a self-made woman starting anew and figuring out her future. NETFLIX

Nailed It! Comedian Nicole Byer and French pastry chef Jacques Torres host this reality baking series inspired by the internet trend of people trying and failing to make elaborate cakes. With their lack of baking skills already demonstrated in their audition, three amateur bakers attempt to recreate edible masterpieces for a $10,000 prize and a trophy. Indian Matchmaking This docuseries follows Sima Taparia, Mumbai’s top matchmaker, as she guides clients in the arranged marriage process. Traveling between the U.S. and

India, Taparia attempts to find matches based on her client’s list of preferences, while keeping in mind how their families will relate to each other, which she believes is the real test of compatibility. The Social Dilemma Director Jeff Orlowski’s docudrama examines the development of social media and the negative effects it has on mental health. Featuring interviews with former employees of major platforms, the film digs deep into how social media has become an addiction and is used to spread conspiracy theories and manipulate people. Queer Eye A reboot of the 2003 Bravo series of the same name, the show stars Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, and Jonathan Van Ness as the new Fab Five. A decade after the original show, the reboot action has left New York for other locales,


YEARLY DEPARTED

HYSTERICAL

WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME

PRIDE

THE KILLING OF BREONNA TAYLOR

LENOX HILL

as the style experts give lifestyle and fashion makeovers to guests nominated by friends and family. Lenox Hill This docuseries takes place at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital and follows four medical professionals: ER physician Mirtha, OB-GYN resident Amanda, and neurosurgeons John and David. The doctors work through personal and professional challenges as they strive to give their patients the best healthcare they can provide, while highlighting the frustrating complications of the medical system. AMAZON STUDIOS

Yearly Departed Some years are remembered fondly, but 2020 won’t be one of them. Presented by host Phoebe Robinson as half-roast, halfwake, with its all-female lineup of comedians dressed in black, this comedy special bears witness to the things that were lost in a year dominated by coronavirus. Eulogists Rachel Brosnahan, Tiffany

Haddish, Patti Harrison, Natasha Legerro, Sarah Silverman, Natasha Rothwell and Ziwe take pot-shots at everything from Trump to casual sex and beige Band-Aids. What the Constitution Means to Me Filmed by A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood director Marielle Heller, this live performance of Heidi Schreck’s hit Broadway show is both a personal memoir and a two-way conversation with the audience about the American Constitution. Referencing her family history and drawing on her own teenage experiences as a precocious prodigy of debate competitions, Schreck explores the limits and freedoms of being a U.S. citizen. FX

The Killing of Breonna Taylor (The New York Times Presents) The horrifying slaughter of aspiring nurse Breonna Taylor, who was shot by Louisville police during a botched raid in March

2020, remains a tragic blight on America’s recent history. Featuring interviews with relatives, witnesses and public officials, plus evidence from more than 1,500 pages of police records, 911 calls and surveillance photos, this chilling documentary exposes a brutal crime and the terrible loss of a daughter at just age 26. Pride With each episode directed by a different, renowned LGBTQ+ director, this six-part documentary series portrays the long fight for LGBTQ+ civil rights in America, beginning with the “lavender scare” of the homophobic 1950s, and continuing into the 2000s with the age of “queer visibility” and the struggle for trans rights. In between, the series looks at Stonewall, the AIDS crisis, and marriage equality. Hysterical Directed by Andrea Nevins, this inspiring documentary draws on the experiences of some of standup comedy’s most suc-


cessful women, including Margaret Cho, Sherri Shepherd, Joan Rivers and Amy Schumer. The film follows multiple women comedians on stage, backstage, and off stage, exploring their hard-fought quest to make their voices heard in the aftermath of the world-changing #MeToo moment that began on social media in 2017. Framing Britney Spears (The New York Times Presents) The phrase “Leave Britney alone!” was once an internet joke, but this documentary shows a sinister reality behind the meme. At the height of her tabloid notoriety in 2008, Spears gave up her rights to her father. Now she is 39, and a growing number of her fans are agitating on her behalf. This feature-length documentary explores not only her situation, but the treatment and exploitation of young women in the public eye.

this timely documentary special takes a truly unique approach to the strangeness of 2020 by choosing to focus on the ways in which the global lockdown may have benefited us. Using exclusive footage from around the world, this one-hour special shows how even the most minor changes in human behaviour can have a profound impact on our environment and its wildlife.

Dear… Produced by R.J. Cutler, this documentary series shows the lives of iconic people through the eyes of those they’ve influenced. Featuring celebrities as diverse as Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Oprah Winfrey, Big Bird, Gloria Steinem, Stevie Wonder and primatologist Jane Goodall, Dear… uses intimate letters from fans and admirers to draw out some

THE YEAR EARTH CHANGED

Hip Hop Uncovered The history of hip hop is often told and its heroes are well known, but this six-part series goes back to the roots, with testimony from the lesser-known likes of Big U, Deb Antney, Trick Trick, Bimmy and Haitian Jack. The show takes a close-up look at America’s tortured relationship with the genre—it criminalizes it and yet, at the same time, is still fascinated with the street culture that created it.

DEAR...

APPLE TV+

The Year Earth Changed Fronted by the near-legendary British broadcaster and natural historian David Attenborough,

HIP HOP UNCOVERED

FRAMING BRITNEY SPEARS


BOYS STATE

I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE

TOUGH AS NAILS

THE REAL WORLD HOMECOMING: NEW YORK

1971: THE YEAR THAT MUSIC THE MASKED SINGER

THE AMAZING RACE

CHANGED EVERYTHING

THE CHALLENGE: DOUBLE AGENTS

76 DAYS


previously unseen aspects of its subjects’ lives. 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything For the award-winning team behind the intimate documentaries Amy and Senna, 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything offers a truly immersive experience, taking a deep dive into the songs and musicians that shaped the zeitgeist and reflected the political landscape of that seminal year. Featured artists in this sprawling, eight-art cultural investigation include The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Joni Mitchell and more.

again. Almost 30 years later, the cast members discuss their experience of filming the first season and how The Real World affected their lives. MTV DOCUMENTARY FILMS

76 Days Directed by Hao Wu, Weixi Chen and an anonymous third, this documentary depicts the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic in Wuhan, China. Released in December of last year, the film captures the struggles of both patients and the medical professionals treating them as the novel coronavirus began to spread across the world. MTV

APPLE ORIGINAL FILMS

Boys State A Grand Jury Prize-winner at Sundance 2020, this astonishingly detailed, fly-on-the wall-style documentary is both a snapshot of contemporary American youth and a portent of the future of the country’s politics. The film follows a thousand teenage boys attending the annual “Boys State” summer camp in Austin, Texas, where they are tasked with creating their own fully functional local government, from the lowliest departmental worker to the Governor of Texas. MTV ENTERTAINMENT STUDIOS

The Real World Homecoming: New York In this spin-off miniseries of The Real World, the cast of the first season reunites in the same New York loft from the original series to live together once

The Challenge: Double Agents Contestants pair up for a spy thriller-inspired showdown on the 36th season of this MTV reality competition. In a departure from the solo format of last season, The Challenge: Total Madness, the series returns to a partner game with various reality show alumni competing for a share of a million dollars. CBS

Tough as Nails In a departure from the travelogues of The Amazing Race, Tough As Nails—also presented by Phil Keoghan—celebrates the unsung heroes of everyday manual labour, with tasks that test their strength and endurance. Workers from all walks of life—welders, hospital staff, railroad workers—are asked to apply their real-life skills to reality TV challenges for a major cash prize.

The Amazing Race Presented by daredevil host Phil Keoghan and offering a life-changing prize of $1m, The Amazing Race was one of the first U.S. shows affected by the coronavirus. It’s not hard to see why: it’s a worldwide adventure show in which contestants must use their smarts to handle themselves in foreign climes, perform physical and mental challenges, and negotiate travel by any means necessary on a shoestring budget provided by the production team. FOX

I Can See Your Voice Taking The Masked Singer’s conceit to an even further extreme, this game show dispenses with traditional notions of talent altogether as a benchmark for future stardom. With the help by a panel of celebrity detectives, each week’s contestant is presented with six singers identified only by their occupation. Can they find a great voice without actually hearing one? It’s more complicated than it sounds. The Masked Singer A reversal of the usual talent show format, The Masked Singer presents its celebrity panel with guests who are already well known but who perform in disguise. At first airing, the mystery itself was the draw, with audiences drip-fed clues as to the competitors’ true identities, but since then the outfits have brought in the ratings, such as a double snow owl costume worn by country singers Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black.


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