Pivot will kick off Aug. 1 with the debut of live midnight yakker “TakePart Live,” which will air five nights a week and dissect the headlines du jour. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “HitRecord on TV!” will debut in January.
“This inaugural slate demonstrates our commitment to original programming while putting our unique imprint on an array of TV formats,” said Pivot prez, Evan Shapiro. “The talented and authentic voices behind these series give Pivot viewers a destination where they can be both entertained and inspired.”
Pivot’s crop of premiere dates are below. Cabler plans to announce acquisitions and additional original content in the near future.
TAKEPART LIVE – Premieres Aug. 1 at midnight ET/PT (weekdays at midnight ET/PT)
‘Take Part Live’ is a daily latenight show – for and with our audience – about the topics and headlines that matter most to the millennial generation. Five nights a week, TPL continues the online chats viewers have been having with their friends all day through interactive conversations that go deep into what its audience is talking about now – all while giving them the tools they need to get informed, get active, get involved and take part, live.
RAISING MCCAIN – Premieres Sept. 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
(Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT)
A genre-busting docu-talk series following Meghan McCain, the outspoken daughter of Sen. John McCain, on the road talking to unexpected experts, regular people and members of her generation, exploring the most important and unusual questions of the day framed by Meghan’s experiences in her personal life. Series will explore topics ranging from Bullying and Feminism to Sex Overload and the Death of Romance, among many others. Producer: Go Go Luckey Entertainment; Julie Auerbach, Henry Capanna, Tina Gazzerro
(10 X :30)
JERSEY STRONG [Pictured above] – Premieres Sept. 14 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT
(Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT)
From the team behind the Peabody Award-winning series, “Brick City,” this Newark based docu-soap chronicles the lives of two families from parallel universes — the street and the executive suite. Reformed Blood (Jayda) and Crip (Creep) are a modern-day Romeo and Juliet romance in the hood – raising two kids while pursuing their careers and following their dreams. Jayda is working to build mentorship programs for young women in Newark, while Creep balances a day job in sanitation with his dream of launching a comedy career. Brooke, a trial attorney who once kept Jayda out of jail, is balancing the stress of high-stakes litigation with the real life drama of raising two college-aged kids with her partner in life and business, Maggie. “Jersey Strong” will explore Newark’s warm center and tough exterior through the eyes of two unconventional families striving to achieve the American Dream. Producer: Mark Benjamin and Marc Levin (10 X :30)
HITRECORD ON TV! – Premieres Jan. 18
A new take on the variety show hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt who directs countless artists from his global open-source online community – hitRECord – to create short films, live performances, music, animation, conversation and more! Each episode focuses on a different theme as Joe invites and encourages anybody with an Internet connection to join him and contribute. Producer: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jared Geller/Brian Graden Productions; Lois Curren, Brian Graden, Gaurav Misra
(8 X :30)
‘LITTLE MOSQUE’ (‘LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE’ in Canada) – Premieres Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. ET
The long-running and critically acclaimed series takes a satirical look at a Muslim community living in Canada who has rented the town’s Anglican church to start a local mosque. The series has been seen in over 90 countries, except for the U.S. until now. Producer: WestWind Pictures (91 x :60)
LAST CALL AT THE OASIS – Premieres Aug. 25
Firmly establishing the urgency of the global water crisis as the central issue facing our world this century, this documentary illuminates the vital role water plays in our lives, exposes the defects in the current system and shows communities already struggling with its ill-effects. Featuring activist Erin Brockovich, respected water experts including Peter Gleick, Jay Famiglietti and Robert Glennon and social entrepreneurs championing revolutionary solutions, the film posits that we can manage this problem if we are willing to act now.
99% – THE OCCUPY WALL STREET COLLABORATIVE FILM – Premieres Sept. 17
On Sept. 17, 2011, the Occupy Wall Street movement propelled issues of economic inequality into the spotlight. 99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film goes behind the scenes of the movement, definitively revealing what happened, and why. Personal stories imbue analysis of big picture issues with the real-world struggles of those compelled to take action, speak up, march and risk arrest. Supporters, participants, experts and critics shed light on why and how this movement took off with such explosive force, and ask what the next phase might encompass.