Category Archives: True Crime TV

Here’s What It’s Like to Go to IDCon, the Unofficial Murderchella

I walked in and saw two women wrapped in black plastic garbage bags, covered in dried blood stains and caution tape. Toe-tags with identifying information dangled limply off their bodies. I wasn’t at the morgue or a crime scene: I was at Investigation Discovery’s IDCon in midtown Manhattan, and these true crime fans were simply dressed for the occasion.

For the uninitiated, Investigation Discovery, or ID, is Discovery Inc.’s true crime cable network. A quick glance at its show titles — including Your Worst Nightmare, Welcome to Murdertown, and Deadly Dentists — will give you the gist. (And yes, there are enough homicidal dentists out there to make an entire show about it.) The quality of the shows vary, ranging from the campy, cheeky reenactments in Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry? to more respectable ones like Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall, hosted by

Read more at: https://www.tvguide.com/news/idcon-investigation-discovery/

BINGE WATCH ALERT: Highest-Rated BBC and ITV Series of the Year Exclusively in the U.S. on Acorn TV – LINE OF DUTY and MANHUNT

Silver Spring, MD; May 23, 2019 – Featuring the highest rated UK programs of 2019 with BBC One’s smash hit cop thriller LINE OF DUTY, Season 5 and ITV’s gripping true crime drama MANHUNT, Acorn TV is off to an incredible start to the year. Available via Acorn.TV and via apps on most streaming devices, Acorn TV is North America’s largest streaming service for British and international television and features new, exclusive content every week. This year, Acorn TV continues to add a fantastic mix of highly entertaining binges of high-quality mysteries and dramas. For those interested in an edge-of-your-seat thriller, subscribers have loved LINE OF DUTY from the creator of global sensation Bodyguard and MANHUNT with Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) in an award-worthy turn as a real-life detective on the trail of a serial killer. If subscribers favor a more fun and light-hearted mystery series, then look

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Cavalry Media To Co-Develop TV Project Based On YA True-Crime Podcast ‘Lethal Lit’

EXCLUSIVE: Cavalry Media has come aboard to co-develop Lethal Lit: A Tig Torres Mystery, a TV adaptation of the true-crime podcast from iHeartMedia and Einhorn’s Epic Productions. The news comes as the scripted podcast targeted at young adults was picked up for a second season to debut next winter on the iHeartPodcast Network.

The first six-part season debuted in October 2018 and followed teen detective Tig Torres as she returns to her small hometown of Hollow Falls, where her aunt was framed as a serial killer 10 years earlier. Through her own true-crime podcast and with help from her new friends from the school paper, Tig explores the mystery of the twisted Lit Killer murders.

Dana Brunetti and Keegan Rosenberger’s Cavalry Media acquired rights to co-develop along with EEP as Season 2 of the podcast begins development. Cavalry’s VP Development Jennifer Preston is set to oversee

Read more at: https://deadline.com/2019/05/lethal-lit-podcast-tv-series-cavalry-media-einhorns-epic-productions-1202619221/

Wrong Skin wins the Australian Podcast of the Year

On Saturday night, at Sydney’s Seymour Centre, over 400 Podcast hosts, producers, judges and fans were in attendance to network, and celebrate the local podcast industry, at the Australian Podcast Awards and to see over $10,000 worth of prizes and trophies awarded.
 
Wrong Skin, a true crime podcast from The Age, about the 1994 disappearance and death of two Indigenous young adults in the Kimberley, took out the award for Investigative Journalism True Crime.

Editor of The Age, Alex Lavelle, says “Wrong Skin was an immensely challenging project which pushed boundaries of storytelling and production that we had not experienced before. It is testament to the talent in The Age newsroom that not only were these challenges overcome, the result was a compelling, groundbreaking and important podcast.”

Wrong Skin also won the inaugural Podcast of the Year award, beating out ABC presenters, Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales‘s Chat 10

Read more at: https://www.radioinfo.com.au/news/wrong-skin-wins-australian-podcast-year

Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro Calls Conspiracy Against Trump “True Reality TV”

Fox News host Jeanine Pirro said on her Saturday evening show that viewers should “grab their popcorn,” as the anti-Trump conspiracy within the government is about to receive some backlash.

“They’re not going quietly into the night, ’twill be a joy to watch,” Pirro said in her opening segment of Justice With Judge Jeanine. “Grab your popcorn, Junior Mints or whatever makes you happy. The real show is about to begin. This will be true reality TV. No scripts, no rehearsals, just a gang of criminals pointing fingers at each other to save their own hides. A version of true crime and the reality show Survivor. The deep state exposed.”

Pirro claimed that nearly a dozen former and current FBI officials will hear a knock on the door soon, including former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI agent Peter Strzok and girlfriend Lisa Page, attorney James Baker,

Read more at: https://deadline.com/2019/05/fox-news-jeanine-pirro-justice-judge-jeanine-1202618457/

ID & People’s Hit Series People Magazine Investigates: Cults Return for Shocking Second Season – TV News

Television’s #1 home for true crime programming, Investigation Discovery (ID), and leading entertainment news brand, PEOPLE, announced today the premiere of PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES: CULTS. Returning for its sophomore season, PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES: CULTS delves into the twisted world of cults, exploring just how destructive and dangerous they can be to members and their families. The six-episode new season of PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES: CULTS is produced by Lucky 8 and premieres Monday, June 3 at 9/8c on Investigation Discovery.

Anchored by the reporting of PEOPLE’s esteemed true crime editorial team, each episode follows one infamous cult from its creation, as power-hungry cult leaders use manipulation, sex and fear mongering to control and dominate their followers into blind loyalty. From “Children of God” to the Manson family, PEOPLE’s award-winning journalists are in the field exposing the abusive rituals and brutal conditions that exist within these organizations. The team speaks exclusively to survivors who narrowly escaped and are attempting to rebuild their lives outside the confines of these rigid and criminal organizations.

“The stories told from those who have escaped from these cults are incredibly harrowing – truly, stranger than fiction – which is why they both captivate and so intrigue our viewers,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. “ID continues our extremely successful partnership with PEOPLE for this new season, as they bring their expert reporting to our viewers on these secret societies that so often seek to dominate and control their innocent followers.”

“PEOPLE’s captivating true crime reporting continues to fascinate audiences with real stories that could happen anywhere in America,” said Dan Wakeford, Editor in Chief, PEOPLE. “ID is the perfect partner for these stories, which not only investigate the crimes, but also pay tribute to the victims.”

In the premiere episode of PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES: CULTS, David Berg begins preaching an all-embracing gospel in the late 1960s. He quickly gains followers, including actor River Phoenix’s family, creating communes around the world forming the “Children of God”. However, Father David’s free love message gradually becomes sinister, as devotees are taught to give their bodies to whomever desires them. Adults must engage in religious prostitution, and children are required to have and observe sex starting at a very young age. Members of the cult are also subjected to violence in prison camps across the globe, where they are banned from having any communication with the outside world. Then, in 2005, Ricky Rodriguez, raised as the cult’s Prince, kills his former nanny and sexual abuser, and then himself – in an attempt to finally bring down the cult for good. Now, PEOPLE’s true crime team sits down exclusively with Christina Babin and Jemima Farris, survivors of “Children of God”, to hear their stories first-hand as they reveal their personal experiences of what happened under David Berg’s helm.

PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES: CULTS is produced for Investigation Discovery by Lucky 8, with Greg Henry, Kim Woodard, Isaac Holub and Dahlia Damaghi as executive producers and Dan Messina as supervising producer. For PEOPLE, Dan Wakeford and Alicia Dennis are executive producers. For Investigation Discovery, Liz Massie is senior executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President.

One Year After the Santa Fe Shooting Massacre a Victim’s Mom Looks Back on That Terrible Day

Rhonda Hart, right, with daughter Kimberly Vaughn and son Tyler Vaughan

A lot has changed for Rhonda Hart in the year since her 14-year-old daughter, Kimberly Vaughan, was shot and killed in the Santa Fe school massacre on May 18, 2018.

Nowadays, she’s helping former Congressman Beto O’Rourke campaign

Read more at: https://people.com/crime/santa-fe-shooting-victims-mom-on-one-year-anniversary-of-massacre-texas/

TV tonight: don’t miss the uber-camp madness of Eurovision

Britain’s Most Historic Towns
8pm, Channel 4

Theatre and scholarship combine with aerial archaeology and neat graphics as Alice Roberts introduces a second series that profiles six more British towns and their place in history. In a fascinating opener, she explores wartime Dover, the port known as “the lock and key to the kingdom”, which formed the first line of defence during the second world war. It’s an engaging history lesson that spans Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and the women’s land army. Mike Bradley

Eurovision Song Contest 2019
8pm, BBC One

It is worth tuning in for Graham Norton’s tongue-in-cheek commentary alone as he covers the final live from Tel Aviv. UK entrant Michael Rice could go all the way but can he out-Eurovision Icelandic synth-punks, latex-clad Belarusians and Slovenia’s answer to the xx? MB

BBC Young Dancer 2019 Grand Final
8pm, BBC Two

To the Birmingham Hippodrome, where Anita Rani

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/may/18/tv-tonight-dont-miss-the-uber-camp-madness-of-eurovision

Whistleblower, NCIS: The Cases They Can’t Forget: CBS Shows Renewed for Summer – canceled TV shows

NCIS: The Cases They Can't Forget TV show on CBS: (canceled or renewed?)

CBS is ready for the summer. The network just announced the return dates for Whistleblower and NCIS: The Cases They Can’t Forget.

A docu-series, NCIS: The Cases They Can’t Forget (fka 48 Hours: NCIS) features a slate of the biggest cases handled by the real-life Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Season three premieres on May 29th at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Meanwhile, season two of the investigative series Whistleblower debuts on CBS on May 24th at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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CBS today announced the premiere dates for two returning true-crime news series to be broadcast this summer, WHISTLEBLOWER and NCIS: THE CASES THEY CAN’T FORGET.

WHISTLEBLOWER begins its second season on Friday, May 24 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), investigating the real-life David vs. Goliath stories of heroic people who put everything on the line to stop illegal

Read more at: https://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/whistleblower-ncis-the-cases-they-cant-forget-cbs-shows-renewed-for-summer/

TV News Roundup: Tan France from ‘Queer Eye’ to Host Netflix Fashion Series

In today’s roundup, Netflix announces Tan France will host upcoming fashion show “Next in Fashion” and Variety has an exclusive look at the next episode of the Wu-Tang Clan docuseries.

CASTING

Netflix has revealed that “Queer Eye” star Tan France and style icon Alexa Chung will host the upcoming fashion competition “Next in Fashion.” Eighteen contestant will compete in design challenges centered on styles that have influenced people around the world. They will compete for $250,000 and the chance to work with luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter.

FIRST LOOKS

Variety has the exclusive first look at a clip from the upcoming second episode of the Wu-Tang Clan docuseries, “Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men on Showtime. The clip shows members of the iconic rap group in the studio making their hit song “C.R.E.A.M.” The episode airs on Friday at 9 p.m.

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