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Welcome back to Friday afternoon. It’s been a hamberder of a week so far. Now it’s time to shift gears and think about weekend TV watching. I’ve got recommendations for two documentaries and a pair of cooking shows to check out between now and next Tuesday. Here’s what to put in your queue over the long weekend:
A tale of two Fyre Festival documentaries
The tweets about busted, soggy FEMA tents and colossal luggage mix-ups were bad enough, but it was a single photo of a sad cheese sandwich
Conversations with A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes documents the story of America’s most notorious serial killer, Ted Bundy.
Much of the story will be told in his own words, from unseen interviews and audio recordings, courtroom and news footage.
Unlike, other true crime series on Netflix such as Making a Murderer and The Innocent Man, there is no crime to be solved here or a case of whodunnit.
Shortly before his execution in 1989, Bundy confessed to murdering 30 women but the total amount is thought to be higher.
The series is based on the book by Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth and features over 100 hours of audio interviews that the two journalists conducted with Bundy whilst he was on death row in Flordia, 1980.
Like the book, the series will try to understand the mind of the killer.
Conversations with A Killer: The Ted Bundy TapesNetflix
With the release of so many true crime documentaries from Netflix that feature incompetent police, bungled investigations and an often, at times, unnecessary “artsy” vibes, one longs for the old days of true crime where the most interesting thing to discover was the nuts and bolts of how a famous serial killer operated. This is the best thing Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes has going for it.
Netflix’s true crime problem is real. It is a problem of thinking one can do better than a format that’s made millions for a variety of basic cable entities over the last three decades. And yes, there are shining examples of where Netflix succeeds in pushing the format, but that pushing has, itself, become such a pattern that when a new docu-series approaches the genre from the
Peter Sarsgaard (The Looming Tower, The Killing) is on the case at CBS All Access, as the lead of the streaming service’s upcoming true-crime drama Interrogation, our sister site Deadline reports.
The actor will play a detective in the straight-to-series project, based on the true story of a young man who was charged and convicted of brutally murdering his mother. Each episode revolves around an interrogation taken from real police case files, allowing the viewer to play detective, too.
CBS All Access plans to release the first nine episodes to watch in any order, with the conclusive season finale available at a later date.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* January Jones (Mad Men) has joined Netflix’s upcoming figure skating drama Spinning Out, playing the mother of Kaya Scodelario’s skater, per Deadline.
* Gladys Knight will perform the National Anthem during the Super Bowl
The podcast that served as the basis for Dirty John has now been downloaded more than 26 million times, 10 million within the initial 10 weeks — the kind of numbers that would make any TV producers’ ears perk up. Despite the title, the podcast’s actual mystery was about why a successful, attractive business owner from Orange County could fall for — and repeatedly return to — a swindler, John Meehan, who lied about his job and background, mistreated her daughters, installed cameras in her interior design firm to monitor her, and set her car on fire, among other things. The appeal of the six-episode podcast was in hearing all the different voices and perspectives of the people — including Newell’s daughters, mother, and nephew — who lived through Meehan’s wrath.
A big reveal (spoiler alert) comes during the podcast’s fourth episode, when we learn that Newell’s sister was
Deadline notes that the network chose not to renew the series for Season 3 in August 2018. Since then, Warner Bros. Television, which produced the show, has been reportedly trying to find it a new home—to no avail. However, in a statement to Deadline, WBTV said that it was “open to an opportunity to continue the series, should one arise in the future,” so we’re holding out hope for a Netflix reboot.
Trial Error told the often wacky story of a lawyer (Nicholas D’Agosto) who moves from New York City to small-town South Carolina, chronicling different cases in a
Winter TV is truly starting to heat up, so if you’re in hibernation mode like the rest of us, there’s an excellent slew of picks just waiting for a weekend binge. Get your Snuggie out and get ready to battle over what to watch first. This week alone we have the highly anticipated premiere of Deadly Class, a punk rock comic adaptation about a high school that trains kids how to be assassins; the Easter egg-laden Season 2 premiere of Star Trek: Discovery; and the hilarious true-crime documentary of the insanely viral Fyre Festival disaster, Fyre.
These recommendations courtesy of TV Guide are here to help you through your weekend binge. And if you’re looking for even more suggestions, head over to TV Guide’s Watch This Now!, which has hand-picked recommendations for all the best shows you can start watching immediately.
1. Deadly Class
Consider this: Deadly Class stars the same woman as