By Alison Willmore | Indiewire May 11, 2012 at 11:19AM
As the Sundance Channel gears up for the launch of its latest unscripted show "Push Girls," premiering June 4th at 10pm, the Robert Redford-founded network has announced five new nonfiction programs in development for 2012 and 2013. Among the new shows is an exploration of open marriages, a look at the life of a "maverick sommelier" and an American take on the animated BBC documentary "The Trouble With Love and Sex."
In addition to the new series, celebrity-interviewing-celebrity show "Iconoclasts" will be back for a sixth season, while the fashion-centric "All on the Line with Joe Zee" will get a third and "The Mortified Sessions" will get a second.
The Sundance Channel also has two scripted series in the works for 2013 -- one-long legal drama "Rectify" follows a man released from death row after 19 years when DNA evidence casts doubt on the prosecution’s case, and "Top of the Lake" is a mini-series from "The Piano"-director Jane Campion.
Imagine a school where your favorite rock-star is the music teacher, P.E. is run by an Olympian, and the science professor has a Nobel prize. A place where celebrities with a passion to give something back, strive to transform the children our education system has failed. Welcome to Dream School – an ambitious social experiment where the best and the brightest in our culture teach kids that have been falling through cracks in the system. Based on the UK phenomenon, Executive Produced by Jamie Oliver and Fresh One, "Dream School" reinvents education to rekindle a generation’s love for learning. Produced by Fresh One.
Dead & Found
How do you piece together the story of a life that has left very few clues? This dramatic non-fiction series follows a team of government investigators in Reno who seek to decode the lives behind unidentified dead bodies. Nevada has the highest number of unidentified corpses in the country, and with only one week to locate the next of kin, every case is an unexpected journey of discovery as the team reconstructs a life. And whether the victims’ families react with shock, sadness or apathy, the circumstances of death are always a surprising window into the dramas of life. Produced by This is Just a Test.
Kenya & Carl
Explore the often misunderstood world of open marriages through an unusual team of marriage counselors. Husband and wife team, Kenya and Carl, are out to prove that partners can be open and honest with each other in every way. When over half of all marriages end in divorce, Kenya and Carl offer a radical reinvention of the nuclear family. Produced by GRB.
The Trouble with Love and Sex
Who knows the truth that lies behind the façade of any relationship? Often, the therapist does. The sometimes shocking truths that come out in therapy are born out of our innermost compulsions, fears, and bizarre fantasies. This revealing series takes actual recordings from couples therapy sessions and brings them vividly to life as animated stories. Dare to stare as relationship troubles and shocking confessions unfold. Be a fly on the wall to hear if America thinks love and sex are worth the anguish or just plain trouble. Produced by BBC Worldwide.
When most people hear the term “wine sommelier” they think rarified and elitist. Self-taught maverick sommelier Brian Kalliel shatters those stereotypes, as he travels the world, using wine as a way in to the culture and character of a people. Wine, as metaphor for life, with a truly surprising personality. Produced by Giant Pirates Entertainment.