The pay cable network Starz announced today that it “is adding unscripted programming” to its original programs, forgetting that it already did that in 2014, when the network aired The Chair, one of my favorite series ever.
Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht said in a press release that “Unique voices and storytelling are the hallmarks of the Starz programming strategy,” and the network’s reality TV series “will explore and better understand our collective cultural history” through these shows and filmmakers’ lenses.
The network also started airing original documentaries this fall; the next is Woman on Fire, which airs Nov. 27 and is about New York City’s first openly transgender firefighter.
Meanwhile, I am still hoping The Chair will return for a season two, though there was no mention of the hybrid competition and documentary series in the release.
Starz’ new unscripted shows
The four series that Starz announced today are:
- Wrong Man, produced and directed by Joe Berlinger, “a six-part series that dives deep into the investigations that led to the conviction of three people who claim their innocence.”
- Warriors of Liberty City, produced by 30 for 30 director Evan Rosenfeld, along with LeBron James and Maverick Carter, is about Liberty City, “a crime-ridden neighborhood in Miami, Florida that is arguably the NFL’s largest football factory,” a place where “kids [are] killing kids” and “football legends are born,” according tot he network.
- In Fashion, an “anthology series” on which “each episode will delve into the life and work of one iconic designer” and “follow them in the weeks leading up to a crucial moment in their career.” It’s produced by Chef’s Table‘s Andrew Fried, Top Model judge Kelly Cutrone, and Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian producer Eli Frankel.
- The Field, a reality version of the documentary The Field: Violence, Hip Hop & Hope For Chicago, which was produced by Worldstar Hip Hop and Mass Appeal. The series “explores hip-hop and socio-political culture through the eyes of a city’s most prolific characters.”
While you’re waiting for those, watch The Chair.