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Rose McGowan’s E! show and PBS’ #MeToo series debut, and more reality TV this week

Rose McGowan’s E! show and PBS’ #MeToo series debut, and more reality TV this week
Rose McGowan at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo by Evans Vestal Ward/NBCUniversal)

Dear reality TV-watching friends: What happened to January? Wasn’t it just New Year’s Eve? And now we’re just over a week away from Celebrity Big Brother, which announced its cast last night, never mind the winter Olympics.

These final few days of January will bring one of the new year’s most anticipated documentary reality series, which follows Rose McGowan.

Her series is one of two shows connected to a major cultural movement, #TimesUp and #MeToo, which is bringing attention to sexual harassment and sexual assault in workplaces as people (mostly women) have come forward to share stories about being targeted by those in power (mostly men).

E!’s Citizen Rose—Rose McGowan’s documentary reality series about her activism and art—debuts with a two-hour documentary (Tuesday at 8); the rest of the series will air sometime this spring.

I’ll have a full review Tuesday morning.

Later this week, PBS debuts its series about the movement: #MeToo, Now What? (PBS, Fridays at 8:30).

It’s aiming to be a show that responds in near-real time and “goes beyond the headlines about sexual harassment to ask how we got here and how we move forward,” according to PBS. It’s hosted by  Zainab Salbi, who founded Women for Women International.

Also debuting this week

Here are three other major—and brand-new—unscripted series that will start airing this week:

  1. Coach Snoop (Netflix, Feb. 2) follows the reality star and rapper as he coaches a youth football team. (He’s been coaching kids’ football since the early 2000s.)
  2. The opioid crisis is the focus of The Trade (Showtime, Fridays at 9), which looks at the drug from the perspective of addicts, cops, and dealers.
  3. Animals with Cameras (PBS, Wednesdays at 8) is exactly what it sounds like: a Nature series that gets its footage from animals with cameras attached to themselves. That allows for an animal’s point of view.

Finally, here are a few documentaries making their television debuts:

  • May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers (HBO, Jan. 29 at 8) had “extensive access” to the band for more than two years, filming them on tour, in the studio, and in their daily lives.
  • The Impossible Flight (PBS, Jan. 31 at 9) follows an attempt to fly 26,000 miles around the world without any fuel, just solar power.
  • I Am Another You (PBS, Jan. 29) is an Independent Lens documentary about Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang’s journey as she follows, according to PBS, “a charismatic young drifter who left a comfortable home and loving family for a life of intentional homelessness” across America.

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