OXYGEN TO DEBUT TWO-HOUR DOCUMENTARY “DIRTY JOHN, THE DIRTY TRUTH” ON MONDAY, JANUARY 14 AT 8 PM ET/PT
Companion to Bravo’s Hit Series, Documentary Delves Deep into the Life of Con-Man John Meehan through the Eyes of the Real People
Oxygen Media, the destination for high-quality crime programming, will premiere a two-hour documentary, “Dirty John, The Dirty Truth” on Monday, January 14 at 8:00pm ET/PT. A companion to Bravo’s hit scripted anthology, the special goes beyond the articles and podcasts made famous by Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard, and traces con-man John Meehan’s trail of manipulation that started long before he met Debra Newell. Through the eyes of the real people he deceived, the documentary takes a deep dive into his troubled past, his altercations with law enforcement, and
On Tuesday, Netflix announced that they are developing a scripted series about the life and career of Latin music star Selena Quintanilla. The streaming giant describes the series as “a coming of age story following Selena as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching and life-changing choices she and her family have to make as they navigate success, family, and music.” Basically, it’s everything Selena fans could have asked for, and then some.
Selena: The Seriesis still in the early stages of development, so it will be a while before the series graces our Netflix queues. In the meantime, there are plenty of shows, movies, and TV specials about Selena out there, including the eponymous 1997 biopic starring Jennifer Lopez, a Murder Made
Big name nominees dominate an increasingly competitive small screen landscape, and Variety analyzes what to expect when winners’ names are read at the Golden Globes Jan. 6.
In complete contrast to last year, all but one of the nominees in this category are newcomers. Up for its sixth and final season, FX’s Soviet spy series “The Americans” is the only veteran in the race. It is joined by Netflix’s political thriller “Bodyguard,” Amazon’s psychological thriller “Homecoming,” BBC America’s cat-and-mouse drama “Killing Eve” and FX’s ballroom culture period piece “Pose.” While waiting to nominate “The Americans” until the end of its run is certainly a statement, it feels like the one to beat here is actually “Homecoming,” given the HFPA’s past love, not only for leading lady Julia Roberts but also the streamer. However, given its global appeal, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s “Killing Eve” could play spoiler.
‘Donna Summer: Disco Queen’ Spotlights the Singer Whose Voice Shaped the 1970s
(Albuquerque, NM) Wednesday, December 12, 2018 — REELZ today announced new original programming for winter 2019 including four new specials, three new series and three returning series. Highlighting the specials is the U.S. premiere of Saturday Night Fever: The Ultimate Disco Movie celebrating the 40th anniversary of the movie shot guerrilla style on the streets of Brooklyn with a BeeGees soundtrack and a fledgling 23-year-old John Travolta that became a cultural phenomenon. At the heart of ‘70s disco fever is one of the biggest voices that shaped contemporary music in Donna Summer and the new special Donna Summer: Disco Queen shows how she became the queen of disco ushering in a new era of sound that is still heard today. Donna Summer: Disco Queen leads a week packed with ‘70s
Even now, Debra Newell recalls her first dinner date with John Meehan, after they connected on a website for over-50 singles, as holding great promise.
But there was a blemish to the handsome Meehan, who said he was an anesthesiologist who’d just returned to Southern California after a year in war-torn Iraq as a volunteer with Doctors Without Borders. After walking Newell to her door that evening in 2014, he proceeded inside “and sort of jumped on the bed,” she tells PEOPLE. “I said, ‘No, no, this isn’t going to happen.’ “
Nominations for the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced December 12, with a number of stage veterans earning recognition for their recent roles in film and TV.
Darren Criss, an alum of Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying—as well as the co-creator of Elsie Fest—received a nomination for his performance in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, having previously earned an Emmy Award and Golden Globe nomination for the FX series. On the big screen, Emily Blunt managed to score two nominations: one for her title performance in the movie musical Mary Poppins Returns, as well as for A Quiet Place.
E.W. Scripps Company (which is Simplemost’s parent company) announced Dec. 10 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.
When it launches in May 2019, Court TV will feature “in-depth legal reporting and expert analysis of the nation’s most important and compelling trials,” according to a release. It will be based in Atlanta.
Court TV will air 24 hours a day and seven days a week on some cable systems and be available for free over the air and on digital subchannels in several dozen cities. Katz Networks is distributing the channel and said it has secured agreements with Tribune, Scripps and Univision group owners.
They say “don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time,” but thousands of people spend a ton of their free time brushing up on true crime stories. If you’re one of the folks who devoured Serial, lamented the loss of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark author Michelle McNamara, or read Devil in the White City in a single night, then HLN is probably one of your favorite channels. Thankfully, watching HLN online, free from the hassle of cable companies, isn’t a mystery and doesn’t feel like murder. If you’re looking to cut the cord and get a streaming service, here’s everything you need to know to watch an HLN live stream for free.
What is HLN?
Owned by CNN, HLN airs your average news material by day. As things get darker, so does HLN’s programming, and it’s one of the key channels for murder investigations and