Amanda Thornton, AKA Media Manda, is our Development Coordinator, which means she’s in the know on all things related to TV and digital content. Every month, she takes time out of her busy schedule to enlighten the rest of us on a few premieres we might not want to miss. Prepare to laugh and cry your way through Media Manda’s May TV trends.

By Amanda Thornton (aka Media Manda)


Unscripted Series to Watch for the Month

Masters of Disaster – Discovery, premieres May 3

Mechanic Beau Boruff, owner of Survival Research Inc., on the outskirts of Chattanooga, Tennessee, leads a talented crew of craftsmen who source, restore, and sell vintage objects that may be useful in any calamity.


REVIEW: This show looks very cool. It’s neat this company restores objects and resells them to preppers of the apocalypse. I’m excited to tune into this series and see what all objects they restore and the reasons people purchase them from the company.


The Employables – A&E, premieres May 8

This series follows struggling job seekers with conditions such as autism or Tourette Syndrome as they search for meaningful employment.


REVIEW: This show is a great fit for A&E’s shows, especially their award-winning series Born This Way. It’s great they’re telling stories other networks don’t tell. All in all, this looks like a great series to watch.


Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men – Showtime, premieres May 10

As the group marks the 25th anniversary of their breakout debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the series looks back on their career, combining intimate and reflective interviews from each of the nine living members with never-before-seen archival footage and performances”


REVIEW: This show sounds amazing with the title alone. I’m glad it’s a miniseries rather than a documentary film where they have to cram everything in under two hours. This group deserves a miniseries. I can’t wait to watch!



Scripted Series to Watch for the Month

Chernobyl – HBO, premieres May 6

On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union suffered a massive explosion that released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine and as far as Scandinavia and Western Europe. Chernobyl dramatizes the story of the 1986 accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and the sacrifices made to save Europe from the unimaginable disaster. Chernobyl premieres May 6 on HBO.


REVIEW: It’s about time there’s a series about the Chernobyl Disaster. I’m surprised HBO isn’t airing it on the anniversary of the disaster which is April 26. It makes sense though because they can advertise the series more before and after Game of Thrones. The trailer will give you goose bumps!