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True crime shows worth watching right now

Law Order finally joined the party that other true-crime series have been hosting for years.

Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders continues the franchise’s long tradition of ripping from the headlines. Except this time, it’s a detailed, blow-by-blow retelling of a crime almost 30 years old. And it stars Edie Falco as all-star defense attorney Leslie Abramson.

It’s more like “ripped from the case files.”

In 1989, brothers Lyle, 21, and Erik Menendez, 18, stand accused of murdering their parents. Most people think the motive is money; the brothers went on a spending spree in the weeks following the deaths of their parents. Lyle Menendez maintained in a recent interview that he had been abused by his father but says he regrets it.

This isn’t the first time this saga has made it onscreen. The TV movie Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills, starring Edward James Olmos and Beverly D’Angelo, was

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True-crime shows underscore flaws in media frenzies

 

True-crime stories used to keep me awake some nights.

Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” and Ann Rule’s “The Stranger Beside Me” served as gateways to an addiction that left me nervous about violent crime, not to mention the possibility that casual acquaintances might be homicidal psychopaths.

When I eventually kicked the habit and returned to novels, I was able to breathe easier.

But then true-crime television went upscale, and I was forced to pay attention.

A millionaire murder suspect became an unlikely HBO star in Andrew Jarecki’s “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst — and ended up under arrest.

The success — and quality — of the Peabody Award-winning first season of the podcast “Serial,” and of shows such as Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” and FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” inspired new long-form projects.

The best of these shows

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The Best True-Crime Shows on Netflix – Vulture

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If you type “true crime” into the Netflix search field, you’ll be presented with an astonishing collection of shows, many of them indistinguishable from one another. The offerings include Occult Crimes, Corrupt Crimes, Stalkers Who Kill, Nurses Who Kill, Killer Couples, Killer Kids, Killer in the Family, Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer, and Killer Women with Piers Morgan. How do you even begin to sort them apart? Are they all the same? And are any of them actually good?

We’re here to help. Hidden among the genre’s vast selection of bad reenactments, gleeful-sounding narrators, and disgusting, exploitative dreck, you’ll find quite a few worthwhile productions. Here are

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Kathy Griffin Shows Off Creepy Portrait A Menendez Brother Painted Her In Prison On Kim K’s Snapchat

On Saturday, Kim Kardashian West posted a Snapchat of Kathy Griffin showing her a portrait of herself painted by Erik Menendez, one of the Menendez Brothers sentenced to life in prison for killing their parents in 1989.

“Alright guys, I’m here with my neighbor, ” West declared in the video, as reported by PEOPLE.  Everyone in the clip had a rainbow animal ear filter over their face, including the creepy portrait itself.

“Kathy Griffin,” Griffin introduced herself. “I have short hair, it’s a long story. And a painting done by — what were we watching the other night?”

“The Menendez special,” Kardashian said, focusing her cell phone on the painting. “Look who painted this for her.”

“From prison, yeah,” Griffin said.

In 2010, Griffin went on “Larry King Live” to discuss the “killer” portrait.

“Kathy Griffin has some unusual fans. Some even send her gifts. You brought an example with you. Give us the

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Kathy Griffin Shows Portrait From Menendez Brother On Snapchat …

On Saturday, Kim Kardashian West posted a Snapchat of Kathy Griffin showing her a portrait of herself painted by Erik Menendez, one of the Menendez Brothers sentenced to life in prison for killing their parents in 1989.

“Alright guys, I’m here with my neighbor, ” West declared in the video, as reported by PEOPLE.  Everyone in the clip had a rainbow animal ear filter over their face, including the creepy portrait itself.

“Kathy Griffin,” Griffin introduced herself. “I have short hair, it’s a long story. And a painting done by — what were we watching the other night?”

“The Menendez special,” Kardashian said, focusing her cell phone on the painting. “Look who painted this for her.”

“From prison, yeah,” Griffin said.

In 2010, Griffin went on “Larry King Live” to discuss the “killer” portrait.

“Kathy Griffin has some unusual fans. Some even send her gifts. You brought an example with you. Give us the

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/blogs/kathy-griffin-shows-off-creepy-portrait-a-menendez-brother-painted-her-in-prison-on-kim-ks

New Netflix True-Crime Doc Shows How ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Saved a Man From Death Row

As it turned out, HBO’s hit comedy series (which is returning this weekend) coincidentally shot some guerilla-style material for an episode at the live event, in the exact section where the accused and his little girl were seated. But contrary to the legend, that stroke of luck alone wasn’t enough to prove Catalan’s innocence. Leave it to a documentary to set the record straight, even if it dilutes the heroism and ego of a “mega-huge Hollywood star” like David — as he’s referred to as by defense attorney Todd Melnik.

Read more at: https://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/nation/netflix-documentary-long-shot-curb-your-enthusiasm-death-row

Netflix’s American Vandal Has Ruined All Other True Crime Shows For Me

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TV shows created by women have more speaking parts for women, study finds

Turns out that when a TV show has at least one female creator, women make up at least 51 percent of the major characters, a number that’s proportionate to their representation in the US population. This is, as they say, a “news flash.” Who would have guessed that putting women in charge of a narrative would result in a piece of entertainment that treats women as human beings and powerful players in their own stories? Surprise! By contrast, shows with only male creators gave 38 percent of their major speaking roles to women.

These numbers come from “Boxed In,” San Diego State University’s annual report on gender disparities in television, which has just been released for the 2016–2017 TV season. The report is compiled by the university’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, which has also released annual reports on the position

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The 10 New TV Shows You’ll Be Obsessed With This Fall

Summer is ending, and with it comes the conclusion of our obsessive chronicling of every incestuous hookup on Game of Thrones and the preposterous Roadhouse booking on Twin Peaks: The Return. But don’t leave the couch just yet. While this fall does welcome the anticipated return of fan favorites like HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and Netflix’s Narcos, there’s also plenty of new programs for all the cool kids to watch. We’ve rounded up ten shows that you’ll be obsessed with by the year’s end.

The Deuce

Just as The Wire was about more than gangs and drugs and Treme was about more than post-Katrina New Orleans, David Simon’s new show—which he co-created with frequent collaborator George Pelecanos—is about more than the early days of the porn industry. The series, which gets to an

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Diana, Versace, Lewinsky: The upcoming TV schedule is full of shows about real-life scandals


Cuba Gooding, Jr. stars as O.J. Simpson and Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran in the FX miniseries “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” (Prashant Gupta/FX)

Twenty years after O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder, what new insight could a TV drama have to offer?

As it turned out, a lot. FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” which premiered in February 2016, brilliantly dissected what the case said about the country’s racial divisions. An all-star cast gave sobering portrayals of some of the trial’s most misunderstood players — including, most memorably, besieged prosecutor Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson).

The success of “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” coupled with pop culture’s increasing obsession with true crime, has given way to a slew of series offering fresh perspectives on stories that dominated headlines,

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