Morgan Spurlock has found his next subject — or, rather, subjects. The documentary filmmaker behind 2004’s Super Size Me and 2011’s The Greatest Movie Ever Sold will next tackle some of pop culture’s most significant moments in a new docuseries called Cultureshock, premiering on A&E in 2018.
Produced by Entertainment Weekly and Spurlock’s Warrior Poets production studio, the eight-hour original documentary series will examine the untold stories behind watershed moments in pop culture that had a lasting impact on our culture — with the full participation from the subjects.
Among the first few installments will be comedian W. Kamau Bell (United Shades of America) directing a film about Chris Rock’s 1996 comedy special Bring the Pain and its impact on comedy, as well as Brent Hodge (I Am Chris Farley) helming a profile on the cult series Freaks and Geeks. Spurlock, too, will direct a look at “the raw and salacious real-life television theater of tabloid talk shows” — a la The Jerry Springer Show and Geraldo — and how they laid the groundwork for modern reality TV.
Geraldo Rivera tweeted a behind-the-scenes image of their meeting in April. “Was honored to spend time with this legend – what an inspiration & what a career, we should all be so lucky,” Spurlock wrote back at the time.
“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,” Spurlock said in a statement for the announcement.
EW’s Jess Cagle, Henry Goldblatt, J.J. Miller, and Ian Orefice will executive produce Cultureshock. A&E’s Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro, and Brad Abramson are also on board as executive producers with Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick, and Matthew Galkin repping Warrior Poets.
“With the Cultureshock documentary series, Entertainment Weekly, the premier storyteller in pop culture, brings to the screen the most important and memorable stories that shaped the world of entertainment,” Bruce Gersh, SVP of strategy and business development at Time Inc., said. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Morgan Spurlock and A&E to showcase these remarkable untold stories through the lens of Entertainment Weekly.”
Frontain Bryant added, “There are moments in pop culture that create a lot of buzz, but are largely forgotten. Then there are those moments that have a truly lasting impact on society. Cultureshock will shed light on the untold stories behind those big, unforgettable moments. The stories are truly fascinating and we are excited to team with Morgan and Warrior Poets, Entertainment Weekly and the all-star directors Warrior Poets has assembled for the series.”
Cultureshock will premiere in 2018 on A&E.