Fusion Sets New Programming Slate

Fusion will look to expand its original programming portfolio with the launch of several documentary series and specials over the next few months.

Among the new docu-series slated for the network is The Cannabusiness Report, a four-part series revolving around the cannabis culture and industry premiering in August; The Chair, which follows the work of two first time film directors also debuting in August; My Selfie Life, a 10-episode series premiering in October in which young people film themselves living their lives; and Drug Wars: Season 2, a weekly series that chronicles the reality of international anti-narcotics operations, said network officials.

Other documentaries/specials include Miami Porn: Sex Work in the Sunshine State, premiering Sunday which follows the new entrepreneurial pornographers of Miami and how they’re changing the adult entertainment industry; Number One with a Bullet, (debuting Aug. 2) which pulls back the curtain on gun violence in hip-hop America; The Thread (Aug. 23) which exposes the impact amateur internet writers are having on journalism; The Search for Sexy (Aug. 25) in which podcaster Sandra Daugherty look at what makes someone sexy; Drone Nation (Sept. 1) which examines how drone technology is changing the way we see the world; and Top Spin (Oct. 3) which features three teenagers battling their way through the world of competitive ping pong.

Three shows that have yet to be scheduled include Tom Felton Meets the Superfans, which follows actor Tom Felton (Harry Potter) as he seeks insight into the world of superfans and celebrity; The Drug Warriors, which follows the lives of those battling the drug war on different frontline; and Can You Dig This, which takes an inside look at the urban garden movement in South L.A. said network officials.

“We know our audience has an insatiable hunger for thought provoking entertainment. Fusion is committed to showcasing stories that take our audience on journeys to worlds that they may not ordinarily be exposed to,” said Fusion chief programming officer Wade Beckett said in a statement. “We are continuing to double down on content that resonates with our diverse audience. This slate of original series, documentaries, and specials nicely complements our existing news and topical-comedy offerings.”

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.