“MY LAST DAYS”
An Uplifting Docuseries
Created by JANE THE VIRGIN Star Justin Baldoni
View the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/269757516/f4e372ef92
May 18, 2018 (Burbank, CA) –MY LAST DAYS, an uplifting documentary series about life as told by courageous people living with a terminal illness, will return for its second installment as a three-night special event, Friday, May 25 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), Friday, June 1 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), and Friday, June 8 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), on The CW. Created by and featuring JANE THE VIRGIN star Justin Baldoni, season three of MY LAST DAYS features the compelling stories of five courageous individuals, who remind us that having a limited amount of time doesn’t mean we can’t make a positive impact on the world.
“When I first started this series five years ago, I never could have imagined it would have come this far,” said Baldoni. “This season of MY LAST DAYS quite literally changed my life. And with so much noise across the country at the moment, I hope families will take the time to come together and watch these incredible stories.”
The inspiring people featured in MY LAST DAYS include:
- Marinda Davis is a choreographer and master teacher dedicated to opening hearts and breaking barriers through dance. Struggling since childhood with a range of unidentified health issues, Marinda was diagnosed with seven autoimmune diseases and told that she wouldn’t live past the age of forty. But Marinda is much more than the sum of her illnesses. A dancer from the moment she tried on her first pair of ballet slippers, she’s danced professionally for Sting and 98 Degrees, and choreographed for some of the top studios and schools around the world. And while Marinda can’t physically dance anymore, she’s channeled her passion into a spectacular contemporary dance show entitled UNbreakable. Loosely based on the Kübler-Ross model of the five stages of grief, UNbreakable tells the story of Marinda’s emotional and physical journey with illness, and highlights the resilience of the human spirit.
- Anthony Carbajal is a passionate street photographer who’s now unable to even lift his camera. Diagnosed with ALS at twenty-six, Anthony learned that the nerve cells in his brain and spinal cord were slowly dying and would eventually resulting in complete paralysis. But despite his diagnosis, Anthony was determined to find a way to keep enjoying his love of photography. With the help of friends and family, Anthony developed a unique mount on the armrest of his wheelchair that could enable him to take photos on the move, transforming his wheelchair from a symbol of his limitations into a way of connecting with people and destroying social boundaries. In 2013, Anthony made a YouTube video for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that went viral overnight with 17 million views, resulting in over six million dollars being donated in his name to ALS research. At his core, Anthony believes that while ALS is stealing his strength, it’s not stealing his happiness, a sentiment he loves sharing with his family, friends and subjects in front of the lens.
- Bob Charland is a real life superhero with a heart of gold. At forty-four years old, Bob’s living with a neurodegenerative brain disease caused by injuries he sustained working a second job as a bouncer and bodyguard. And while Bob’s days are numbered, all he wants to do is give back to the community that’s always supported him. Soon after his terminal diagnosis, Bob started Pedal Thru Youth, a non-profit that fixes old bicycles and donates them to underprivileged youth. An auto mechanic for the past twenty years, Bob personally restores bicycles late into the evening after his day job, tightening wheels, adjusting seats and positioning handlebars. What started as a passion project has mushroomed into a community phenomenon, resulting in hundreds of bicycles donated, even earning Bob the nickname “The Bike Guy.” Bob’s ultimate goal is to promote positivity in the lives children by encouraging them to put down their phones, leave the couch, and get outside.
- Ellie Boloori Oben is a mother, and community leader who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. As a lifelong Baha’i, Ellie took solace in her faith as the disease progressed, believing cancer was a reminder that the impermanence of life is what truly gives it meaning. Ellie met her illness with the same fighting spirit she carried throughout her life, with only one goal in mind - living as long as possible so she could be there for her young son Jalen, the light of her life. After being given only two weeks to live, Ellie’s final wish was to host a celebration of life so she could surround herself with friends and family and say goodbye with a smile. Ellie’s ultimate hope is that all people can live happily, joyfully, and kindly.
- Diane Nguyen is a twenty-six year old turtle aficionado whose quirky sense of humor and tenacity for life have given her the strength to surpass every doctor’s prognosis. Living in Arizona with her husband, Long, and two turtles, Mac and Cheese, Diane was diagnosed with terminal leukemia in 2012 and given only eight months to live. But instead of worrying about what may be to come, Diane has focused on positivity and humor, seeking to transform something ugly into something beautiful. Diane is all about celebrating the little moments that matter most, and cherishing every minute she has left with the love of her life.
Extended episodes of MY LAST DAYS will be available on The CW’s digital vertical dedicated to giving back, CWGOOD, which was created in partnership with Wayfarer Entertainment in 2016. CWGOOD highlights impactful stories that raise awareness for a number of charitable causes that CW stars and fans care about, with content that will both entertain and inspire. MY LAST DAYS was created by Justin Baldoni, with episodes directed by Baldoni, Ahmed Musiol and Farhoud Meybodi, produced by Wayfarer Entertainment, in association with SoulPancake, with executive producers Justin Baldoni, Rainn Wilson, Ahmed Musiol, Farhoud Meybodi and Sam Baldoni.
About My Last Days
Produced by Wayfarer Entertainment in association with SoulPancake, My Last Days is an uplifting documentary series about life, as told by courageous people living with a terminal illness. The award-winning docuseries first streamed on SoulPancake in 2013, quickly becoming an international viral sensation and one of the most watched YouTube documentary series of all time. Season Two of My Last Days transitioned to The CW network, where it aired on television as the flagship property of the network’s brand new CWGOOD philanthropic platform. Now, Season Three of the series is set to air on The CW Network on May 25th 2018, introducing audiences around the country to the newest members of the My Last Days family: Marinda, Anthony, Bob, Ellie and Diane.
About Wayfarer Entertainment
Wayfarer Entertainment is media studio focused on scripted and unscripted content across linear, digital and branded channels. The company specializes in disruptively inspirational storytelling, and works with brands, television networks, studios and NGOs to connect with global audiences authentically, creating compelling content that entertains, educates and inspires. The causes and initiatives featured in Wayfarer’s body of work include: progressive masculinity, rare and life-threatening diseases, homelessness, female inclusion in STEM, and food waste. For more, visit www.wearewayfarer.com.
About The CW
THE CW TELEVISION NETWORK launched in 2006 as America’s fifth broadcast network, with programming targeting younger viewers, a demographic highly sought after by advertisers. The CW, a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corporation, will broadcast a six-night, twelve-hour primetime line-up, Sunday through Friday, beginning in Fall 2018. The CW’s primetime programming is also available to stream for free, without authentication, on the ad-supported cwtv.com and The CW app, now available on every major OTT platform. In daytime, The CW broadcasts a Monday through Friday afternoon block and a three-hour Saturday morning kids block. The CW’s digital network CW Seed launched in 2013 and offers original short-form digital content as well as past seasons of fan-favorite television series. For more information about the network and its programming, visit www.cwtvpr.com.