Category Archives: True Crime TV

Escape at Dannemora Review: A Superb Cast Elevates a Standard Prison Break

We’ve seen plenty of prison breaks on TV and in movies over the years. (Heck, we even had a whole show called Prison Break… and it ran for five seasons!) So as yet another entry in a well-worn genre, Showtime’s true-crime limited series Escape at Dannemora — premiering this Sunday at 10/9c; I’ve seen six of the seven episodes — is brutally effective, but not especially groundbreaking. When it delves into the thickly tangled psyches of its characters, though, it rises to a higher level, thanks to excellent performances from its three lead actors — especially Patricia Arquette, who delivers fascinating, Emmy-caliber work here.

Escape at Dannemora Paul Dano Patricia ArquetteYou may recall the real-life story that Dannemora is based on: the 2015 manhunt that ensued when two convicted murderers made a

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Is ‘Widows’ Based On A True Story? The Heist Drama Film Tells A Familiar Tale

True crime is all the rage right now in the world of entertainment. Whether it’s TV series, movies, podcasts, or books, people just can’t seem to get enough of hearing about actual crimes in their pop culture. The abundance of the genre means that almost every crime drama may sound, on some level, like it’s based in reality. Take for instance the new film Widows. It’s about a group of widows who continue their deceased criminal husbands’ crime spree in dramatic fashion. But is Widows based on a true story like so many other pieces of entertainment these days, or is it a work of fiction?

Widows is not based on true events, but it’s not an entirely new story, either. The film has got some heavy hitters behind it, as it’s directed by 12 Years a Slave helmer Steve McQueen, who co-wrote the script with Read more at: https://www.bustle.com/p/is-widows-based-on-a-true-story-the-heist-drama-film-tells-a-familiar-tale-13101794

‘Dirty John’ Review: Bravo Takes on Popular Podcast – Variety

Just about any crime story can find an audience if it’s told with enough drama and intrigue. Though the true crime genre has been exploding in recent years thanks to podcasts (“Serial”) and documentary series (“The Jinx,” “Making a Murderer”), the widespread fascination with what makes people turn on each other — and how to withstand it — has fueled shows like “Unsolved Mysteries” and “Law Order: SVU” for decades. As much as anything else, true crime and the fiction inspired by it has something of a built-in audience, ready and waiting to see what the hell new twist reality can serve up.

In this respect, “Dirty John” is a no-brainer of a programming choice. Christopher Goffard’s story about a drug addict grifter marrying wealthy women until they were no longer of use to him was released in October of last year as both a written

Read more at: https://variety.com/2018/tv/reviews/dirty-john-bravo-review-podcast-1203024567/

CBS All Access Orders ‘Interrogation’ True Crime Drama Series …

CBS All Access, CBS’ SVOD and live streaming service, has given a straight-to-series order to true-crime drama Interrogation.

Co-created by Swedish writer-producer Anders Weidemann (30 Degrees In February) and John Mankiewicz (House of Cards, Bosch), Interrogation is an original concept based on a true story that spanned more than 30 years, in which a young man was charged and convicted of brutally murdering his mother. Each episode is structured around an interrogation taken directly from the real police case files, with the goal of turning the viewer into a detective. Based on the series’ unusual structure, CBS All Access will be experimenting with its release pattern. The first nine episodes of the series will be available to watch in any order, and the conclusive season finale will be released at a later date.

“This non-linear approach to storytelling is closer to how real detectives work, picking their own path

Read more at: https://deadline.com/2018/11/cbs-all-access-interrogation-true-crime-drama-series-1202499905/

CBS All Access Orders ‘Interrogation’ True Crime Drama Series, Sets Unusual Release

CBS All Access, CBS’ SVOD and live streaming service, has given a straight-to-series order to true-crime drama Interrogation.

Co-created by Swedish writer-producer Anders Weidemann (30 Degrees In February) and John Mankiewicz (House of Cards, Bosch), Interrogation is an original concept based on a true story that spanned more than 30 years, in which a young man was charged and convicted of brutally murdering his mother. Each episode is structured around an interrogation taken directly from the real police case files, with the goal of turning the viewer into a detective. Based on the series’ unusual structure, CBS All Access will be experimenting with its release pattern. The first nine episodes of the series will be available to watch in any order, and the conclusive season finale will be released at a later date.

“This non-linear approach to storytelling is closer to how real detectives work, picking their own path

Read more at: https://deadline.com/2018/11/cbs-all-access-interrogation-true-crime-drama-series-1202499905/

CBS All Access Orders True-Crime Series ‘Interrogation’ – Variety

CBS All Access has given out a straight-to-series order to the true-crime series “Interrogation,” Variety has learned.

The series is based on a true story that spanned more than 30 years, in which a young man was charged and convicted of brutally murdering his mother. Each episode is structured around an interrogation taken directly from the real police case files. The first nine episodes of the series will be available to watch in any order, while the season finale will be released at a later date.

The series was co-created by Anders Weidemann and John Mankiewicz. Both will serve as executive producers alongside Fabrik Entertainment’s Henrik Bastin and Melissa Aouate. CBS Television Studios will produce along with Fabrik.

Weidemann is a Swedish writer and producer whose past credits include “30° i februari” and “Sanningen om Marika,” the latter of which he created for television. This marks his first American production. He

Read more at: https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/cbs-all-access-true-crime-series-interrogation-1203026029/

CBS All Access Orders True-Crime Series ‘Interrogation’

CBS All Access has given out a straight-to-series order to the true-crime series “Interrogation,” Variety has learned.

The series is based on a true story that spanned more than 30 years, in which a young man was charged and convicted of brutally murdering his mother. Each episode is structured around an interrogation taken directly from the real police case files. The first nine episodes of the series will be available to watch in any order, while the season finale will be released at a later date.

The series was co-created by Anders Weidemann and John Mankiewicz. Both will serve as executive producers alongside Fabrik Entertainment’s Henrik Bastin and Melissa Aouate. CBS Television Studios will produce along with Fabrik.

Weidemann is a Swedish writer and producer whose past credits include “30° i februari” and “Sanningen om Marika,” the latter of which he created for television. This marks his first American production. He

Read more at: https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/cbs-all-access-true-crime-series-interrogation-1203026029/

9 True Crime Podcasts That’ll Be Your Obsession This Fall and Winter

The popularity of true crime podcasts has exploded in the past couple of years, and that means more choices than ever when it comes to trying to find the next My Favorite Murder (though truly, what can ever compare?).

In recent months, some of the genre’s biggest titles have released compelling new seasons, and an even bigger crop of newbies have arrived on the scene. We’ve sorted through some of the most noteworthy new true crime podcasts to pick nine that’ll become your obsession over the next couple of months. But remember — it’s important to make sure you’re taking care of your own mental health while binging the often dark subject matter.

Up and Vanished, Season 2: One of the most popular true crime podcast angles is an unsolved murder or disappearance. In 2016

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Criminal profiling doesn’t work. TV shows should maybe stop celebrating it.

I watch a lot of crime shows and listen to a lot of true crime podcasts, so naturally I’ve spent a lot of time with charismatic FBI profiler characters.

It’s really hard to overstate how much this character archetype has penetrated pop culture. Just one profiler, John Douglas, is reportedly the basis for at least four fictional characters: Jack Crawford from the Hannibal novels/movies/TV show; both the Mandy Patinkin and Joe Mantegna characters on Criminal Minds; and Mindhunter’s Holden Ford (played by Jonathan Groff). Manhunt: Unabomber focuses on Jim Fitzgerald (played by Sam Worthington and based on the profiler of the same real name).

TNT’s The Alienist, which I still need to see, features a psychological profiler working in 1896 in New York City. We hardly knew anything about human psychology in 1896!

And the trouble is, while we know a lot more now, we

Read more at: https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2018/11/12/18044688/criminal-profilers-mindhunter-hannibal-criminal-minds