The Paramount Network is gearing up to release a new Martin Luther King Jr. documentary in April. Produced by filmmaker Derik Murray (I Am Heath Ledger, Johnny Cash: American Rebel), the feature will chronicle his early life, importance in the civil rights movement and his lasting impact on generations of young people (and old). I Am MLK Jr features commentary from Van Jones, Carmelo Anthony, Nick Cannon and many more.
Formerly known as Spike, The Paramount Network plans to include original storytelling such as I Am MLK Jr., while making the network more inclusive. “This is a reinvention,” Niels Schuurmans, CMO for Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT told Ad Week in September. “It’s a dramatic shift in attitude and programming. It’s a big, bold move.”
Launching Jan. 18, the network will continue to air their popular Lip Sync Battle series and include other projects like a a TV-version of the cult classic Heathers and scripted series Waco (Jan. 24), Yellowstone (June 20) and American Woman.
I Am MLK Jr. will air April 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Watch the preview above.