The Sundance Channel has greenlit “Get to Work,” a new original docu-series about a back-to-work program. Show joins the cabler’s non-fiction slate, which includes five new series and a second season of “The Mortified Sessions.”
“Get to Work” will follow students in the San Diego program Strive, where instructors train students in workplace skills to help them land jobs.
Sundance g.m. Sarah Barnett sees the show as consistent with the channel’s unscripted programming that aims to put a lense on new worlds or look at familiar worlds in new ways.
“We felt particularly in an election year that the issue of joblessness was very much on peoples’ radar,” she said. “We wanted to do something that wasn’t just an examination of the problem but something that could be seen as a certain glimmer of optimism and hope.”
Series was shot at Second Chance, the non-profit that offers training for the Strive program, which aims to prep students for work within four weeks. Series is produced by Sharp Entertainment, with Matt Sharp and Jeff Grogan exec produce along with Sundance’s Marco Bresaz.
The channel’s other new non-fiction programming includes Fresh One’s “Dream School,” focusing on a school staffed by celebrities. This is Just a Test’s “Dead & Found” follows Reno investigators attempting to shed light on the stories of unidentified dead bodies.
GRB’s “Kenya & Carl” will explore open marriages with the titular wife and husband. BBC Worldwide’s animated docu “The Trouble with Love and Sex” illustrates the world of couples therapy. Giant Pirates Entertainment’s “Wino” follows sommelier Brian Kalliel around the world.