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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.


Politics are Tearing Apart America, But Hollywood Execs Still Don’t Seem to Realize It (Column)

Back in July 2013, then-NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced a miniseries about Hillary Clinton, set to star Diane Lane and focus on her life in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Call it cynical, but many of us gathered at the Television Critics Association press tour that day were skeptical that the project would ever actually happen. As I said then on a radio interview about NBC’s plan: “Have you not been on the Internet lately? There may be some people who might object to this.”

That was an understatement. The response to the announcement, on both sides of the political aisle, caught NBC off guard. Republicans felt a Clinton series might help her potential 2016 presidential campaign in a positive light, and threatened to keep the network out of the party’s debates cycle. Orgs like progressive-leaning watchdog Media Matters thought a series digging up old Clinton

Read more at: https://variety.com/2019/tv/columns/sean-spicer-dancing-with-the-stars-hunt-impeachment-hillary-clinton-donald-trump-1203310039/

BBC Two commissions Dolly Parton doc, boards Lena Dunham’s HBO thriller

Lena Dunham

The BBC has revealed a slate of new projects, including HBO drama Industry, which it has boarded as a co-production partner.

Speaking at this week’s Edinburgh TV Festival, BBC Two controller Patrick Holland revealed that the public broadcaster was a partner on the UK-shot financial thriller from Girls creator Lena Dunham, which is currently filming in Wales.

Produced by Jane Tranter’s Bad Wolf, the eight-part series from Mickey Down and Konrad Kay (Gregor) follows a group of young graduates competing for positions at a top investment bank in London.

The boundaries between colleague, friend, lover and enemy soon blur as they immerse themselves in a company culture defined by sex, drugs and ego as well as deals and dividends.

Elsewhere, Holland also said BBC Two will air the next instalment of FX’s American Crime Story.

Impeachment: American Crime Story is the third instalment of

Read more at: https://tbivision.com/2019/08/22/bbc-two-commissions-dolly-parton-doc-boards-lena-dunhams-hbo-thriller/

Bill & Hillary Clinton Not "Significant" Characters in Impeachment Show

FX’s Monica Lewinsky-produced American Crime Story: Impeachment is already one of the most anticipated new shows of 2020.

Sarah Paulson will play Linda Tripp, Beanie Feldstein is set as Lewinsky and Annaleigh Ashford takes on Paula Jones. But one face from the ’90s saga that gripped the nation will not be a major character: former first lady Hillary Clinton.

“Hillary is actually not a significant character in Impeachment because it’s really told from the point of view of these women who were really far from the center of power,” FX CEO John Landgraf told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s really a revisionist history as told through the point of view of these women whose stories did not seem in any way central to the political stakes of what was going on but who became really central to that. Hillary is a character in it, but she’s not one of

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Sky to Launch Sky Crime and Sky Comedy

Sky today announced plans to launch two new channel brands within its entertainment portfolio. Sky Crime will launch in October 2019 and Sky Comedy in February 2020, with both available to all Sky customers at no extra charge, through linear and on demand. Both channels will also launch on NOW TV, available as part of the NOW TV Entertainment pass.

Sky Crime will be the home of premium US true crime from Oxygen and HBO and the dedicated home of quality first run content from Jupiter and Woodcut. Key programming will include addictive, emotionally charged accounts of true crimes, many of which remain unsolved, including I Love You, Now Die and The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell. Additionally, famous headline cases from the US and UK like Kemper on Kemper and Britain’s MOST EVIL Killers and the In Defense Of series will bring new insight into some of the most

Read more at: https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Sky-to-Launch-Sky-Crime-and-Sky-Comedy-20190821

BBC Two Adds AMERICAN CRIME STORY, Ken Burns Country Music

Patrick Holland, Controller BBC Two has announced a major history series about the British Empire, new comedies from Sara Pascoe, Limmy and Sarah Willan, a documentary series with unprecedented access to parole board panels, a brand new jewellery competition format and Impeachment: AMERICAN CRIME Story, the third instalment of the award-winning franchise.

Speaking at Edinburgh TV Festival, Holland announced that the FX produced series Impeachment: AMERICAN CRIME STORY would be coming to BBC Two. The series, written by Sarah Burgess, unravels the national scandal that swept up Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky and Linda Tripp as principal characters in the country’s first impeachment proceedings in over a century. It features a stellar cast starring Emmy and Golden Globe award-winner Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp, Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky, and Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones.

New factual titles announced for BBC Two include a four-part landmark history series, The Forgotten Empire. Presented

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Law & Order: True Crime: The Menendez Murders: Episode 7

With Lyle and Erik’s juries both struggling to reach a unanimous decision, the possibility of a mistrial leaves Leslie hopeful for the opportunity to work out a deal with the District Attorney’s office. Meanwhile, District Attorney Gil Garcetti takes action to counteract the declining public perception of the justice system. Judge Weisberg’s performance in the trial comes under intense media scrutiny given his record of hung juries and controversial verdicts. With the trial having garnered natio

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Law & Order: True Crime: The Menendez Murders: Episode 8

After the first trial ends with a hung jury and the District Attorney refuses to offer the defense a deal, a second trial gets underway with Barry Levin joining the defense team. Political collusion between the District Attorney’s office and Judge Weisberg reaches an apex as Garcetti fights to repair the office’s reputation following a string of high-visibility losses. When Judge Weisberg disallows Lyle and Erik’s family members to testify, it’s up to Erik to once again recount the stories of ab

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Law & Order: True Crime: The Menendez Murders: Episode 4

After admitting to the murders, Erik (Gus Halper) and Lyle (Miles Gaston Villanueva) begin to divulge details of the psychological and sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of their parents. However, a lack of tangible evidence to corroborate the claims leaves Leslie (Edie Falco) and Jill (Julianne Nicholson) to wonder how they will convince a jury that the boys truly feared for their lives given the family’s picture-perfect public persona. Meanwhile, Leslie makes a case for Dr. Oziel’s tapes

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