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'The New York Times Presents': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about the journalism documentary series

It will feature 'a series of standalone documentaries powered by the unparalleled journalism and insight of The New York Times, bringing viewers close to the essential stories of our time'
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'The New York Times Presents' is a documentary series from the partnership of FX and Hulu, with individual documentaries airing on both platforms starting in July. A new documentary will air every month, and according to the networks' press release, viewers will learn about the "Lives of Doctors and Nurses in New York City at the Height of Coronavirus Pandemic", in the premiere episode. Coming from the team behind 'The Weekly,' here is what we know about the series.

Release date

'The New York Times Presents' will premiere on July 10 and will consist of 10 episodes.


According to the official press release, FX describes that the series will explore "breaking news, investigations and character-driven stories and features reporting from journalists at The New York Times." It will feature "a series of standalone documentaries powered by the unparalleled journalism and insight of The New York Times, bringing viewers close to the essential stories of our time." 

The premiere episode will be titled 'They Get Brave' and its synopsis reads, "As the coronavirus ravages more and more American cities, we look back to the place hit hardest: New York City. Doctors and nurses documented their lives, capturing awe‐inspiring resolve in the face of a breakdown in the health‐care system." The second episode will be titled 'This is Dominick Fike: The Next Big Thing' and will air on August 7. Its synopsis reads, "The making of a pop star in 2020: A young musician is plucked from obscurity and given a $4 million record deal. Meet Dominic Fike as he prepares for his first international tour and makes his debut album."

Yoruba Richen attends TFI Filmmaker Industry Meeting during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at The Park on April 25, 2012, in New York City (Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

The press release further reveals that the series will also delve into the passing of Breonna Taylor on March 13 by Louisville, Kentucky, police. Yoruba Richen, director and producer, and Rukmini Callimachi, a reporter at the New York Times, will partner up to "explore Ms Taylor's life and investigate the circumstances of her death." The statement further says that the Taylor family along with other members "will help reconstruct how the police, executing a search warrant, arrived at Ms Taylor's apartment shortly after midnight on March 13 and shot her five times."

Rukmini Callimachi attends The Cut's How I Get It Done presented by TUMI at Neuehouse on August 8, 2018, in New York City (Craig Barritt/Getty Images)

Richen is an award-winning director and producer whose work has been on PBS and Field of Vision, and most may remember her from her recent film 'The Green Book: Guide to Freedom' that debuted in 2019 on The Smithsonian Channel. The press release reveals that Richen serves as the Director of the Documentary Program at CUNY, at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. Callimachi, a New York Times reporter is also a four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist. It has been reported that she has her recent works included the "Islamic State and violent extremism" for The Times. She has also won many other awards including the Sigma Delta Chi Award and also has a podcast titled 'Caliphate.' 


'The New York Times Presents' is produced by The New York Times and Left/Right, a Red Arrow Studios company. Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver, Mary Robertson, Jason Stallman, Sam Dolnick and Stephanie Preiss serve as executive producers. The upcoming series is a creation from the team behind 'The Weekly,' a documentary series that premiered on FX in 2019. 

Producers/Directors for the premiere episode include Samantha Stark, Alexandra Garcia, John Pappas, and Lora Moftah and the Producer/Director for the second episode is Alexandra Garcia.


The trailer is yet to be released. Stay tuned for updates.

Where to watch

Catch 'The New York Times Presents' on Fridays at 10/9c starting on July 10 on FX and Hulu.

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