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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.


Sky to Launch True Crime, Comedy Channels

Crime content will come from Oxygen and HBO, while the comedy network will be “the home of premium scripted U.S. comedy from HBO, NBC and Showtime,” along with U.S. talk shows and ‘Saturday Night Live.’

European pay TV giant Sky, owned by Comcast, said Wednesday that it will launch two new entertainment channel brands focused on true crime and comedy, respectively. They will feature content from key U.S. providers and add to Sky’s programming offers at a time the company continues to boost its original content spending.

Sky recently launched Sky Studios, a new Europe-wide development and production arm that will allow the company to more than double its investment in original content over the next five years.

Sky Crime will launch in October, while Sky Comedy will kick off in February 2020. Both will be available to all Sky customers at no extra charge in linear and on demand form. Both

Read more at: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sky-launch-true-crime-comedy-channels-1233501

Critics Pick Their Favorite Anthology Series of All Time

Alec Bojalad (@alecbojalad, Den of Geek

I’m tempted to go with Netflix’s dubiously named “The Haunting of…” series even though it sits at only one installment so far. But for as much as I loved “Hill House,” I still need to see how “Bly Manor” and other future installments pan out. “Black Mirror” seems like a good candidate as well though I don’t know how I feel about its “anthology” status – it’s more of a series of sci-fi films if anything.

That leaves Noah Hawley’s “Fargo” as my ultimate answer. “Fargo’s” three seasons have varied a bit in quality but in some sense that just makes an even better example of an anthology done right. Within the anthology format, some seasons will be better (like Season 2) and some will be worse (Season 3). What’s important,

Read more at: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/critics-pick-favorite-anthology-series-214815749.html

‘The Politician’: The First Trailer For Ryan Murphy’s New Netflix Series Is Here

Writer and creator Ryan Murphy has a brand new project headed to Netflix, and fans of his work are going to love it. Here’s a first look at the new trailer for The Politician, as well as everything you need to know about the series.

What is The Politician about?

Ryan Murphy, Ben Platt, and Zoey Deutch
(L-R) Ryan Murphy, Ben Platt, and Zoey Deutch attend Netflix’s The Politician ‑ LA Tastemaker on July 23, 2019, in West Hollywood, California. | Anna Webber/Getty Images for Netflix

Murphy’s latest series is about a high school race for student council president. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, as with everything Murphy does, it’s bound to feature death, camp, romance, and much more.

According to the synopsis, this isn’t exactly an anthology series like most of what we’ve seen from Murphy over the past several years. Rather, each season will continue to

Read more at: https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/politician-trailer-ryan-murphy-netflix-series.html/

Court TV Returns And Puts The Jodi Arias Trial, O.J. Simpson And More On Demand

Read more at: https://celebrityinsider.org/court-tv-returns-and-puts-the-jodi-arias-trial-o-j-simpson-and-more-on-demand-312904/

Memorable LGBTQ Emmys Winners and Nominees Ahead of 2019 Awards Show

The 2019 Emmy Awards is shaping up to be one of the most inclusive yet for the LGBTQ community with several queer actors and filmmakers nominated for awards and various shows that feature diverse LGBTQ representation also nominated in major categories.

Pose, the FX series centered on LGBTQ people of color in New York City’s ballroom scene, is up for six awards and has made Emmy history in a variety of ways. Producers Janet Mock, Our Lady J and Silas Howard are the first openly transgender people ever nominated for outstanding drama series. They are nominated with co-creators Steven Canals, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Star Billy Porter has also made history as the first openly gay black man to be nominated for best lead actor in a drama series.

Openly gay actress Fiona Shaw received nominations in two different categories — supporting

Read more at: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/memorable-lgbtq-emmys-winners-nominees-2019-awards-show-1229239

‘The Politician’ trailer has a very dark take on high school politics

By Whitney Friedlander, CNN

For those who think the 2020 campaign could do with some more witty one-liners, Netflix has released a trailer for its upcoming satire “The Politician.”

Ben Platt stars as a wealthy high-schooler so focused on winning his student body’s presidential election that his own mother (Gwyneth Paltrow) comments that his “ambition frightens [her].”

The trailer showcases his manipulative choice for a running mate (Zoey Deutch’s Infinity Jackson), who may not always make the most politically correct comments. She also has a scene-stealing grandmother played by Jessica Lange.

The series is created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan and is an early example of the projects to come to the streaming service since it entered a lucrative partnership with Murphy last year.

The trio have a shared history of exploring the dark underbelly of high school, having worked together on the Fox musical hit “Glee.” Nor is the

Read more at: http://www.wicz.com/story/40935433/the-politician-trailer-has-a-very-dark-take-on-high-school-politics

Beyond ‘Friends’: The best roles of the cast of ‘Friends’ outside of the show

August 19 is a special day for actor Matthew Perry, who turns 50 years old. Perry is, of course, best known for his Emmy-winning role as the wisecracking Chandler Bing on “Friends” for the show’s 10-season run, but he has had plenty of other gigs throughout a career that began in the ’80s. In fact, the entire “Friends” main cast (Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer) have had notable credits before, during and after the sitcom aired from 1994 to 2004. Here’s a look at the best roles of the cast of “Friends” outside of the show.

Read more at: https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/beyond_friends_the_best_roles_of_the_cast_of_friends_outside_of_the_show/s1__29782043

Watching HLN Online without Cable

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How we watch news keeps on evolving. Gone are the days of Walter Cronkite speaking to us all every evening on our TVs. Today, news comes a mile a minute from every source imaginable. On social media, news sites, and in news programming, every source has a different spin.

Among them is HLN, aka CNN’s Headline News. HLN has taken different forms since its initial debut as CNN2 back in 1982. Today with the insatiable appeal for sensationalized programming, HLN splits the difference. During the day, you get news shows with a “fast-paced, approachable tone”, according to the web site, often led by an “expert-led, personality-driven” host,

Read more at: https://www.groundedreason.com/watching-hln-online-without-cable/

Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown to lead Shadow Force

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  • 19 August 2019

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Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown are on board to produce and star in new action film Shadow Force’

Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown will lead the cast of ‘Shadow Force’.

The 42-year-old actress is set to star in the upcoming Leon Chills-scripted action drama alongside the 43-year-old actor and both are on board to produce the action project.

According to Deadline, the film is a fresh take on the idea of ‘Mr. Mrs. Smith’ and although no specific plot details have been released, the pair will presumably play assassins.

Movie studios and streaming services are bidding on the project which Simpson Street’s Pilar Savone and Washington will be producing with Indian Meadows Productions’ Danielle Reardon and Brown, and Stephen ‘Dr’ Love for his Made with Love Media company.

Kerry is best known for playing crisis management expert Olivia Pope in the ABC drama

Read more at: https://www.list.co.uk/article/110823-kerry-washington-and-sterling-k-brown-to-lead-shadow-force/

Bill Clinton is FX’s next ‘American Crime Story’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The next chapter of FX’s “American Crime Story” will dramatize Bill Clinton’s impeachment with a focus on Monica Lewinsky, Linda Tripp and others central to the scandal.

The miniseries will air within weeks of the 2020 presidential election.

Lewinsky, who was a White House intern when she had an affair with Clinton, will be a producer on the project, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said in announcing the project at a Television Critics Association meeting Tuesday. Clinton initially denied the affair before admitting to it in 1998.

The series is scheduled to air on Sept. 27, 2020, about five weeks before the Nov. 3 election. Landgraf, asked whether the proximity gave the network pause, defended the timing and cautioned those who might judge the project sight unseen.

“I believe very, very strongly in what we’re making. I’ve read it (the script), I think it’s great. I don’t believe it’s

Read more at: https://www.columbian.com/news/2019/aug/18/bill-clinton-is-fxs-next-american-crime-story/