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BBC America has given the greenlight to a new series Junk. Slated to premiere in 2017

Release Date of #Junk S1: 2017

Supersize Me captivated audiences with its funny but nonetheless serious look at junk food and its negative effects on the human body if consumed regularly. Also explored were the power that the fast food industry’s corporate lobby could exercise and the role it had played in accentuating the obesity crisis of modern America.

Now, we are going to be treated to a similarly themed TV series aptly titled Junk. All we have on the show so far is a cursory description and a few details, all from a press release by BBC America back in May this year. But using what we do have we can paint a picture of what we might be able to expect from @Junk, which will be part of BBC America’s 2016 – 2017 season.

BBC America described the show as a ‘satirical look inside the world of the soda and junk food industry’. From that you can probably expect a Michael Moore-esque take on the subject. Light-hearted tone, comedic value, highlighting the ridiculousness and corruption of the industry and scathing attacks on the state we’ve got to. In the vain of Supersize Me, expect no holds barred as the junk food and drink industry (in all it’s erm, glory?) is laid bare for us.

Dean Craig has been commissioned as the writer for the series. If you recognize his name, don’t be surprised. He is a big name in the world of writing. He has worked on Death at a Funeral, Off the Hook, My Best Men, Moonwalkers and A Few Less Men. @Junk will be the latest a long line of high-quality works to add to his inventory. Expect witty and incisive screenwriting.

On that note, we’re not even sure what format the show will be in. It will obviously be mostly documentary as it is looking at a real world issue, but there could be some scripting involved, making it a sort of docu-drama on the junk industry. Who knows?

The show’s executive producer will be Neal Baer. He is responsible for such TV heavyweights as Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, ER, and Under the Dome. With backing from such a big hitter as Baer, #Junk can be sure to carry its weight when it airs late this year or early next year.

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We’ll be interested to see what style of series Craig, Baer and the rest of the team come up with. Will it be an investigative documentary in the same vain as those of Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock (creator and star of Supersize Me), or will they go more down the scripted route of making into a comedy or drama series with plot and characters? Or somewhere down the middle?

Whatever they do, #Junk is sure to be a talked about series. With social media now a medium through which social issues spread like wildfire, a notable series reminding everyone about the corruption and damage of the fast food industry might create a lot of noise and buzz that could be very influential. Series’ like Making a Murderer have ignited an interest in the faults in the US judicial system, so there is no reason to think that Junk won’t do the same for the

junk food corporate lobby arena.

What are you most looking forward to about Junk? Any personal favourite from Craig’s previous works?

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