‘It Happened Here’ is a reality television series that airs on Reelz and first premiered on March 10, 2018. It is common for a documentary series to equip itself with a subject matter that has a huge cultural impact. It goes without saying that the biggest cultural icons of the past couple of decades have invariably been music artists and Hollywood stars. Naturally, there are a plethora of shows that are centered on the tragic downward spiral of a star like Kurt Cobain, or on the national-scale scandals and disasters in their lives. These usually attempt to improvise, even shoehorn, a new angle or a controversial new theory into the event itself and be done with it – but because the shows on them are in abundance, it is difficult to find any of these documentaries standing out from the rest.
‘It Happened Here’ finds the foothold of being categorized as the rare breed of documentaries that do stand out, by its sheer virtue of taking a completely new approach to these. It draws inspiration from a recent trend in some shows, that have attempted in the past to re-contextualize decades-old historical events in the contemporary cultural memory by reviving the old news media, radio broadcast footage, and newspaper cutouts. In the same vein, ‘It Happened Here’ takes the milestone events in celebrity lives, and tries to retrace their steps in the actual places that it happened.
You might think you know about the biggest events in pop culture, but unless you have retraced the steps as diligently as this documentary does, you don’t really know what happened. So take a trip back into the past and read on about the upcoming season of ‘It Happened Here’.
It Happened Here Cast: Who is in it?
As primarily a documentary series that focuses upon events and details and not its characters, there is not much of a recurrent or main cast in ‘It Happened Here’. The only unifying voice in the episodic structure is the narrator, and even then he is uncredited and unintrusive- the majority of the show is dominated by the screen presence of the one-to-one interviews with the residents of the given places, biographers, and experts in various fields, for their professional insights. The enactments are few and far between, and they mostly use minor actors whose contractual tenure is limited to the episodes.
If ‘It Happened Here’ follows the same formula for the next season, then we may not see much in the form of a disclosed cast either, and for this reason, it is difficult to predict anything about a tentative cast for the upcoming season.
It Happened Here Plot: What is it about?
‘It Happened Here’ takes one celebrity in each episode and traces the major events of their life not through the time, but also through the space – visiting the locations of these events – for example, the room where Kurt Cobain shot himself, and tries to emulate the hours before their tragic downfall by backtracking their footsteps.