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Spellbinding Tale of Murder, Love, Deceit, and Redemption

When New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo, who has taken on Finkel’s identity, his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat and mouse. True Story weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, deceit, and redemption, following Finkel’s relentless pursuit of the shocking truth.

In February 2002, New York Times Magazine writer Michael Finkel received a startling piece of news: a young man named Christian Longo, wanted for killing his entire family, had been captured in Mexico, where he’d taken on a new identity: Michael Finkel of the New York Times.

The next day, on page A-3 of the Times, came another troubling item: a note from the editors explaining that Finkel, having falsified parts of an investigative article, had been fired. Nonetheless, the only journalist Longo would speak with was the real Michael Finkel, and so Finkel placed a call to Oregon’s Lincoln County jail, intent on getting the true story. So began a bizarre and intense relationship, ending up as a reporting job that eventually morphed into a shrewd game of cat-and-mouse. Part mystery, part memoir, part mea culpa, True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, and deceit with a deeply personal inquiry into the slippery nature of truth.

True Story was made into a movie starring Jonah Hill & James Franco.


‘Pose’ Scores Early Season 3 Renewal at FX

The category is: renewal!

FX, the now Disney-owned basic cable network, has picked up Pose, the ball scene drama from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, for a third season merely a week after its sophomore season debut. (Season two was announced after six of eight freshman season episodes aired.)

The renewal comes as the drama, which features a record number of trans characters portrayed by trans actors, has emerged as an awards season contender for its stars, including Billy Porter and Mj Rodriguez.

Season two of Pose debuted to strong reviews — the new cycle has an impressive 96 percent rating on RottenTomatoes.com — with The Hollywood Reporter chief TV critic Daniel Fienberg praising the drama’s decision to move the focus away from stars Evan Peters, Kate Mara and James Van Der Beek and more toward its trans leads. The sophomore season shifts to the summer of 1990

Read more at: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/pose-scores-early-season-3-renewal-at-fx-1218982

Oxygen Orders ‘Killer Motive’ True-Crime Series From ‘Dateline’ Producers

Oxygen has given a green light to Killer Motive, a new eight-episode true-crime series from the producers of NBC’s Dateline.

Hosted by NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk and Emmy-winning journalist Troy Roberts, each hourlong episode will uncover dark and twisted motives — from vengeance to jealousy to greed — that led to gruesome killings. It’s set to premiere Sunday, August 25, on Oxygen.

Gosk and Roberts each will host four episodes, in which they’ll focus on the reasons behind a particular killing and explore how investigators uncovered the motive in order to crack the case. From a staged suicide to a family massacre, Gosk and Roberts strive to understand each crime’s motive and to shed light on what drove the killers. They conduct on-the-ground inquiries, returning to the crime scenes and sitting down with victims’ friends and family, law enforcement, attorneys, psychologists — even the killers themselves —

Read more at: https://deadline.com/2019/06/oxygen-orders-killer-motive-true-crime-series-from-dateline-producers-1202633690/

Monday, June 17: Check in to ABC’s Steamy, Soapy ‘Grand Hotel’

Ryan Berenz

ALSO SEE: Complete FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 TV Schedule

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Monday, June 17

Grand Hotel
ABC, 10pm
New Series!

Demián Bichir and Roselyn Sanchez star in ABC’s soapy summertime drama as the glamorous power couple behind the last family-owned hotel on Miami Beach. Eva Longoria, who executive produces — and makes occasional appearances in — this contemporary tale, says, “It has a lot of themes of Upstairs, Downstairs, but we thought it was very unique to have the ‘Upstairs’ be a Hispanic family.” Each episode will focus on the hotel’s wealthy and beautiful guests as they bask in luxury and create sexy drama, while the hotel’s staff embroil themselves in their own secrets and scandals.

ABC Premieres Summer Drama ‘Grand Hotel’

Monday, June 17, 2019

8:00 p.m. “The Bachelorette” (two hours)
10:00 p.m. “Grand Hotel” (series premiere)

8:00 p.m. “The Neighborhood” (R)
8:30 p.m. “Man With a Plan” (R)
9:00 p.m. “Gold Friended Me” (R)
10:00 p.m. “Bull” (R)

8:00 p.m. “American Ninja Warrior” (two hours)
10:00 p.m. “Dateline”

8:00 p.m. “Beat Shazam!”
9:00 p.m. “So You Think You Can Dance”

8:00 p.m. “Penn Teller: Fool Us” (season premiere)
9:00 p.m. “Who’s Line is it Anyway” (season premiere)
9:30 p.m. “Who’s Line is it Anyway?”

8:00 p.m. “Antiques Roadshow” (R)
9:00 p.m. “Antiques Roadshow” (R)
10:00 p.m. “POV” (season premiere)

Of Note on Cable or Digital:
-“Das Boot” (Hulu, 3:01 a.m. ET); complete first season
-“L.A.’s Finest””

Read more at: https://programminginsider.com/abc-premieres-summer-drama-grand-hotel/

O.J. Simpson Gets His Own Twitter Account: I Gotta Little Getting Even to Do

Former NFL player, movie star, and accused double-murderer O.J. Simpson is back in the news once again, this time for posting some bizarre videos on his new Twitter account. “Coming soon to Twitter, you’ll be able to read my thoughts and opinions on just about everything,” Simpson remarks in his first video. Simpson then eerily adds, “This should be a lot of fun, I’ve got a lot of getting even to do.” Given Simpson’s criminal background and involvement in the “Trial of the Century” in 1994, that particular phrasing is leaving a lot of people very nervous.

In a second video posted on Saturday, Simpson takes a bit of a more light-hearted approach in talking to his followers. “For years, people have been able to say whatever they want to say about me, with no accountability” Simpson says, noting he now gets to “challenge all of that B.S. and

Read more at: https://movieweb.com/oj-simpson-twitter-account-videos/

Sunday, June 16: USA vs. Chile in FIFA Women’s World Cup

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ALSO SEE: Complete FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 TV Schedule

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Sunday, June 16

Soccer: FIFA Women’s World Cup: U.S. vs. Chile
FOX, 12pm Live

After their rout of Thailand in their first match, the U.S. Women’s National Team takes on Group F opponent Chile in this FIFA Women’s World Cup match at Parc des Princes in Paris.

Pirata Capitano
Discovery Family Channel, 8:30am
New Series!

Pirata, Capitano and the crew of the ship Pink Skull are on a never-ending quest for treasure, adventure, fun and team spirit as they explore the mysterious islands of the Great Sea. In the premiere episode, “The Sunken Ship/Pegleg Squid’s Treasure,” after finding a piece of carved wood that looks like a fragment from the figurehead of a very old pirate ship, Pirata locates and explores a shipwreck.

Read more at: https://www.channelguidemag.com/tv-news/2019/06/16/best-bets-sunday-june-16-usa-vs-chile-in-fifa-womens-world-cup/

Patton Oswalt, O2 Forum review: after tragedy, a beloved stand-up finds joy in the silly stuff

In 2016, the true crime author Michelle McNamara unexpectedly died in her sleep at the age of 46, leaving behind her husband, the stand-up comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, and their 7-year-old daughter. Given the tragic circumstances of McNamara’s death, the outpouring of support that followed was in many respects inevitable. But it was also a testament to Oswalt’s position in popular culture, and the innate goodness he has always emitted; a warmth and humanity that can’t help but bleed through even when masked by grouchy shtick or comic hostility.

Oswalt’s comedy in the wake of McNamara’s death has been some of the most profoundly affecting in recent memory. His 2017 Netflix special, Annihilation,…

Read more at: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/comedy/what-to-see/patton-oswalt-o2-forum-review-tragedy-beloved-stand-up-finds/

O.J. Simpson Joins Twitter Days After 25th Anniversary of Nicole Brown Simpson Murder: I’ve Got ‘Getting Even to Do’

O.J. Simpson ventured into the social media sphere, joining Twitter just days after the 25th anniversary of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman’s murders.

“Hey, Twitter world. This is yours truly,” the all-smiles former NFL player, 71, announced in a video on Friday, June 14. “Coming soon to Twitter, you’ll get to read all my thoughts and opinions on just about everything. Now, there’s a lot of fake O.J. accounts out there, so this one, @TheRealOJ32, is the only official one.”

O.J. added: “This should be a lot of fun. I’ve got a little getting even to do. So God bless. Take care.”

Nicole, the athlete’s ex-wife, and her friend Goldman were stabbed to death on June 12, 1994.

Read more at: https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/o-j-simpson-joins-twitter-days-after-25th-anniversary-of-murders/

Saturday, June 15: FIFA Women’s World Cup Group Stage on FOX Sports

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ALSO SEE: Complete FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 TV Schedule

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Saturday, June 15

Soccer: FIFA Women’s World Cup: Group Stage
FS1 FS2, beginning at 9am Live

The FIFA Women’s World Cup continues with a pair of Group E matches: Netherlands vs. Cameroon on FS1 and, this afternoon, Canada vs. New Zealand on FS2.

“Men in Black” Father’s Day Marathon
Comedy Central, beginning at 1:30pm

With Men in Black: International now in theaters, get caught up on the MIB franchise with mini-marathons of Men in Black and Men in Black II on Saturday and Sunday.

Major League Baseball: Arizona at Washington
FS1, 4pm Live

The Arizona Diamondbacks are at the Washington Nationals for the third game of a four-game set at Nationals Park.

Back of the Net
Disney Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

Star student Cory Bailey

Read more at: https://www.channelguidemag.com/tv-news/2019/06/15/best-bets-saturday-june-15-fifa-womens-world-cup-group-stage-on-fox-sports/

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘The Alcasser Murders’ on Netflix, a Compulsively Watchable Docuseries Recounting One of Spain’s Most Gruesome Cases

Where to Stream:

The Alcasser Murders

  • Netflix
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The Alcasser Murders is the latest Netflix Original true-crime documentary series, a five-part chronicle of the disappearance and deaths of three teenage girls from a small town in Spain. Director Elias Leon pieces the story together from archival footage and new interviews, similar to other docuseries on the streaming service, including Making a Murderer and The Keepers. But it may be more in line with Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes and HBO’s O.J.: Made in America, considering how the tragedy became infamous in Spain for devolving into a media-exploitation circus.


Opening Shot: Luisa Gomez, older sister of Antonia Gomez, sits center-frame for a present-day interview.

The Gist: In 1992, Miriam Garcia, Antonia Gomez and Desiree Hernandez hitchhiked from their hometown

Read more at: https://decider.com/2019/06/14/the-alcasser-murders-netflix-stream-it-or-skip-it/