Not much original TV programming left to be shown in this year, thus it is a good time to try out a new monthly post that will try to provide a good overview of what documentary program will be on TV. The focus of these posts will be highlighting new programs that are getting their media or TV debut. US television will be the focus, although I welcome others to use our new blog system to start similar posts for other countries. When it is a slow part of the year, I may include reference to repeats of interesting programs or films. The monthly posts will be updated and bumped as new programming is added.
I will be using publicists and press releases to compile the list in addition to monitoring known sources of documentary films. My starting list will include PBS, History, Discovery, HBO, Sundance, IFC, and the Networks. If you have other ideas add a comment and let me know. Check times with your local paper, programming guide, or station to confirm times.
December 18 2006 – 9PM – Sundance Channel – Godless In America – At a time when the religious right plays an increasingly important role in national politics, documentary filmmakers Leslie Woodhead and Reggie Nadelson look at the plight of the estimated 30 million American atheists and their struggle not to be ignored. Reviewing the long, colorful and bizarre life of atheist activist Madalyn Murray O’Hair and her contemporary successors, GODLESS IN AMERICA reveals how a freethinking secular minority continues to fight for a voice in the mainstream, despite discrimination, hostility and threats of violence.
December 28 2006 - 8PM - PBS – NOVA: Underwater Dream Machine – Follow one man’s quest to engineer a submarine with panoramic views – http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/alicia/