BBC2 has picked up the rights to the critically acclaimed Showtime Docu-series about the New York Times. That means that the New York Times series will go international next month.
However, the creators are eyeing more episodes from the four part look inside the NYT. Liz Garbus specifically says she misses the newsroom. “It’s hard for me and my colleagues not to be in the newsroom, we feel a little astray. We will do something more for the Fourth Estate, I don’t know exactly what form it will take, we’re figuring it out but certainly the story is still moving forward.”
So it sounds like, like with The Circus, Showtimes’s other political docu-series. They have the freedom to pursue what they want and when. If The Fourth Estates takes a different path for the next installment, perhaps they can do something from a few months out. However, they should proceed with caution if they change things up too much, it might take away from some of the flair. It’s interesting to go back and look at how stories were written from things and scandals that we might have forgotten about. In an age where the media is routinely attacked for being fake news, the Fourth Estate offers us a look into that operation. An operation that isn’t as glamorous as what you see on cable TV news shows and I suspect that people believe most of the news functions in that capacity. That’s why documentaries like The Circus and The Fourth Estate are important.