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.
• The fastest growing cable entertainment channel in the US for two years will launch as a Fetch “virtual channel” on January 1, 2019
Fetch TV and NBCUniversal International Networks (NBCUIN) have announced the Australian launch of Oxygen, a new “virtual channel” featuring the best in high-quality true crime and scripted crime programming.
Oxygen is available in over 77 million homes in the US, where it is the fastest growing cable entertainment channel for two years in a row. Australia will be the first market outside the US to launch Oxygen.
For Fetch subscribers, Oxygen will be the
Read more at: https://mediaweek.com.au/nbcuniversal-international-networks-fetch-tv-launching-oxygen/
Los Angeles native Nina Jacobson is one of the sharpest people working in Hollywood today. Working as an executive at Dreamworks, Universal, and Disney in the ‘90s and ‘00, Jacobson represents a greater wave of women studio heads who have built considerable power in the past several decades and made it their mission to elevate the work of women, queer and other groups of filmmakers and storytellers that have been marginalized in the past.
Along the way, Jacobson, who is openly gay, has done what even just a few years ago many thought impossible – championing projects that advance the opportunities of underrepresented folks while also entertaining a broad audience and making money.
Jacobson has built a career on a voracious appetite for story and a spirit for shepherding new voices to the screen. Throughout the past three decades, she’s collaborated on projects and been involved with a variety of
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Streaming TV may have ushered in an era of binge-friendly serialization, but it has also done surprisingly good things for the individual episode. By switching up storytelling formats—throwing in a long flashback, a bottle episode or even a show-within-the-show—series can hold viewers’ interest for hours on end while also building in talking points for fans on social media. Every year, it seems like more series are putting out remarkable standalone stories—and in 2018, that number includes the surreal comedy that aired the single greatest episode of television in recent memory. For a booming medium that has historically relied too much on templates, this attention to detail constitutes yet another welcome change.
10. black-ish — “Purple Rain” (ABC)
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Court TV is back in session.
E.W. Scripps Company (SSP) announced Monday that the cable channel known for its gavel-to-gavel coverage of court cases is being rebooted more than 10 years after it was adjourned.
Scripps said it has bought the brand assets, including its logo and 100,000 hours of old shows, from CNN owner Turner Broadcasting for an undisclosed sum.
Read more at: https://www.news4jax.com/entertainment/court-tv-is-coming-back-in-2019
The nominations for the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards were announced on Monday, December 10 and the TV categories were seriously stacked.
FX’s The Americans and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, along with Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora, lead the pack with five nominations each, while eight shows battle it out in the Best Drama Series and Best Comedy Series categories, which is up from six nominees last year.
‘Outlander,’ ‘The Good Place,’ ‘Bodyguard’ and more were among the welcome TV surprises.
Not surprisingly, premium network HBO has the most noms with 20, followed by FX’s 17. Streamer Amazon Prime Video boasts 12, while NBC and Netflix are in the running with 11 nominations each.
Check out a complete list of TV nominations below:
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Read more at: https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/10/media/court-tv-reboot/index.html
Court TV is being relaunched as a 24-hour channel, according to a Monday announcement by Katz networks.
The cable channel that focuses on crimes and trials was originally launched in 1991. It enjoyed success particularly leading up to and during the O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony trials, but was eventually converted to truTV in 2008.
“Court TV was a top-20 cable network and at the height of its popularity when the network was taken off the air in 2008,” said Jonathan Katz, CEO of Katz Networks.
“Today, while consumer interest in the real-life drama of true-crime programming is at an all-time high, there is no dedicated daily court coverage on television. We expect the new Court TV to fill that void on cable, satellite, over-the-air and over-the-top.”
Katz also says it has acquired the intellectual property of the original Court TV, which includes 100,000 hours of the Court TV library.
Former Court TV anchor Vinnie
Read more at: https://thehill.com/homenews/media/420522-court-tv-to-relaunch-in-2019
Fetch TV has expanded its relationship with NBCUniversal International Networks, by launching new true crime ‘virtual channel’ Oxygen – its debut outside the United States.
The virtual channel will land on Fetch TV from January 1st, and claims to be the fastest growing cable entertainment channel in America for two straight years.
Oxygen will offer a variety of true crime and scripted crime programmes including; Snapped, Notorious: Aileen Wuronos, Killing Versace: The Hunt for a Serial Killer, Dannemora Prison Break, Kemper on Kemper: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer, Killer Couples and The Disappearance of Crystal Rogers.
The channel will also broadcast a selection of scripted procedural crime shows from the NBCUniversal catalogue.
Aired in HD and ad-free, Oxygen is available with Fetch’s Variety Pack [8 channels for $6 per month], Ultimate Pack [48 channels for $20 per month] and grandfathered Fetch Entertainment Pack.
Read more at: https://www.smarthouse.com.au/fetch-tv-launch-new-crime-virtual-channel-oxygen/