Investigation Discovery has given the green light to The Unsolved, a true-crime cold case original series from Is O.J. Innocent? The Missing Evidence producers, for premiere in April.
The six-part series follows former Rhode Island Police Sergeant Derrick Levasseur and Forensic Psychologist Kris Mohandie as they answer the pleas of desperate families to investigate murder cases that have exhausted all possible leads and have officially gone cold.
The Unsolved takes Levasseur and Mohandie across the U.S. as they investigate six cold cases, chasing down new clues and reviewing old ones in hopes of finding a break in the case. From a serial killer haunting Honolulu that has never been caught, to the tragic assault and murder of a girl from Levasseur’s hometown, each case explored is still open without any convictions for the crimes. In each two-hour
“Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green, Dutton, 304 pages, $19.99, ages 14 and up
“Turtles All the Way Down” has a lot going for it: mystery, comedy, romance. It has a long-simmering fight between friends that comes to a boil over “Star Wars” fan fiction. It has a corrupt Indianapolis billionaire who goes missing and leaves a will naming a reptile as his sole heir. Yet it’s not so much what happens in the story that makes the novel distinctive and compelling; it’s what Aza, the 16-year-old narrator, fears will happen. It’s John Green’s consistent, concentrated effort to place readers inside the mind of a character with debilitating chronic anxiety and show them how it feels. “I think and I think and I think,” Aza says. Those thoughts — “intrusives,” her therapist calls them — form a spiral that sucks her in and never fully lets go.
ICM Partners has upped Rich Green to Head of Media Rights, expanded the department and promoted four agents across Media Rights and Publications Departments.
The announcement was made by Sloan Harris and Esther Newberg, Board Members and Co-Heads of ICM Partners’ Publishing Department, and Kevin Crotty, Board Member and Partner.
“Intellectual property is the lifeblood of media in all formats, said Harris, Newberg, and Crotty in a joint statement. “With Rich at the helm of our Media Rights Department, we are poised to build on the strength of our Publishing Department, providing the best opportunities to expand the work of our clients.”
Among the recent films and TV series sold by ICM’s Media Rights Department, which also includes veteran agents Ron Bernstein and Josie Freedman, are Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale to Hulu, FX’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson, and Daniel Handler’s Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events to Netflix.
Oxygen will provide a home for BuzzFeed’s contribution to the trendy true crime genre. The cable channel, co-founded by Oprah Winfrey and predominantly aimed at female viewers, has greenlit What Happened to…Jessica Chambers, a show based of a series of BuzzFeed reports.
The show will discuss the mysterious death of its titular subject, a Mississippi teenager who passed away at age 19 in 2014 after she was set on fire. In articles published by BuzzFeed, journalist Katie J.M. Baker discussed the search for Chambers’ killer and chronicled the case against Quinton Tellis, who is set to go on trial for the crime in October 2017. The upcoming TV show will offer further details on the Chambers story and will appeal to fans of true crime, a genre that has been revitalized by TV shows like The Jinx and podcasts like Serial and S-Town.
True crime network Investigation Discovery (ID) has green lit an additional episode of the docuseries Killing Richard Glossip which will air later this year.
Director Joe Berlinger said in a press release that with his cameras capturing the work of Glossip’s legal team and their own investigation, they have documented multiple new discoveries and leads that are critical for his legal case.
“As the clock ticks down to what could be the final days of Glossip’s life, we are gratified that ID will air a fifth episode later this spring to give viewers – and the State of Oklahoma – the latest developments on this ever-evolving case, and to provide deeper exploration into some of the leads uncovered in the first four episodes, in order to help prevent a tragic miscarriage of justice,” said Berlinger.
The story of JonBenet Ramsey—a 6-year-old pageant girl who was murdered in 1996—has been rehashed in countless platforms, from true crime documentaries to magazine spreads to gaudy Lifetime dramas. In almost all of these, the impetus of the story is investigation and a desire to crack the unsolved question: Who killed JonBenet Ramsey?
“Casting JonBenet,” an unsettling, genre-bending documentary that will be screened at this week’s Chicago’s Doc10 Festival and released on Netflix next month, rejects the guise of true crime truth-finding. Instead, the film—directed by 32-year-old Australian documentarian Kitty Green—delves into the JonBenet Ramsey case through the audition tapes of dozens of local actors in the Boulder, Colo., area where Ramsey was murdered. All are vying to play different members of the Ramsey family, none of whom were charged in the case.
“So many TV movies and so many movies have done the JonBenet Ramsey case,” Green said. “And I thought