A&E Network is partnering with filmmaker Morgan Spurlock and his company, Warrior Poets, and Time Inc.’s Entertainment Weekly to produce “Cultureshock,” an eight-hour original documentary series that looks at the untold stories behind watershed moments in pop culture that have had a lasting impact on our culture. Each episode of ‘Cultureshock’ will shed light on the untold stories behind those big, unforgettable moments, helmed by an acclaimed director with the full participation of the key players in the story. “Cultureshock” will premiere in 2018.
Initial episodes of “Cultershock” will include comedian W. Kamau Bell (“United Shades of America”) directing a film about how Chris Rock changed the face of comedy with his seminal 1996 comedy special “Bring the Pain;” and a profile of the cult classic series, “Freaks and Geeks,” which was cancelled after one season. Morgan Spurlock will also look at the rise of the raw and salacious real-life television theater of tabloid talk shows like “The Jerry Springer Show” and “Geraldo,” which laid the groundwork for today’s reality television shows.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be making Culture Shock with A&E and Entertainment Weekly,” said Morgan Spurlock. “This landmark documentary series will celebrate every facet of popular culture, and with so many amazing stories to tell & share, this first season is just the beginning!”
“Cultureshock” is produced by Warrior Poets in association with Entertainment Weekly. Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin are Executive Producers for Warrior Poets. Jess Cagle, Henry Glodblatt, J.J. Miller and Ian Orefice are Executive Producers for Entertainment Weekly. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Brad Abramson are Executive Producers for A&E.