Sundance Channel has given the green light to a new original series starring Keith Johnson, the antiques buyer for the innovative specialty retailer Anthropologie.
Beginning next week, the network also will give its Monday night DOCDAY strand a political bent, leading up to the presidential election.
One of the largest purchasers of decorative antiques in the world, Johnson globe trots six months out of the year to find unique and beautiful items. Johnson’s quest for the valuable and obscure, which takes him from flea markets in Paris to remote villages in India and art studios, will become the focus of the eight-part, half-hour series Man Shops Globe. The series is produced by World of Wonder (Tori and Dean: Home SweetHollywood, Show Biz Mom & Dads, One Punk Under God).
“Sundance Channel’s audience loves travel and design so we are very enthusiastic about offering our viewers an inside look at Keith’s adventures and an appreciation of his dedication to nurturing artists, as well as an understanding of what makes his eye so unique,” said Sundance general manager Laura Michalchyshyn in a statement. “His charm, coupled with his knowledge of the gorgeous objects and antiques he finds are sure to have our audience salivating for more. We are also thrilled to be working with World of Wonder again; it is always a great collaborative process resulting in good work!”
Beginning at 9 p.m.(ET/PT) every Monday night from Oct. 6 through Nov. 3, Sundance Channel will present feature documentaries and original series about the men and women -- and girls and boys -- who seek public office in the U.S., be it as leader of the free world or as leader of their middle-school student body.
First up: the U.S. TV premiere of Mary Lambert’s 14 Women, which profiles the 14 women who served in the U.S. Senate from 2004-2006. Narrated by Annette Bening, the film offers an uplifting look at this diverse group, whose members hold a spectrum of political ideologies, but share a commitment to getting things done.
On Oct. 13, the network will premiere Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker’s The Return of the War Room, a Sundance Channel original production. The documentary revisits the people and themes of The War Room (1993), Hegedus and Pennebaker’s behind-the-scenes look at the hard-charging campaign staff behind Bill Clinton’s run for the White House in 1992.
Sundance’s third U.S. premiere with this group of films is The Third Monday in October. Directed by Vanessa Roth, the film shows that while George Bush and John Kerry were battling each other for the U.S. presidency in October 2004, some 200,000 13-year-olds were mounting their own presidential bids at middle schools around the nation.
Rounding out October’s election-oriented documentary programming are James Rogan’s Blog Wars; R.J. Cutler and David Van Taylor’s 1996 feature A Perfect Candidate; Charles Ferguson’s No End in Sight; Robert Drew’s Primary; Sarah and Emily Kunstler’s short Getting Through to the President; and the Sundance original series The Hill.