Santa Monica, CA — Lately every day in America, I feel as though I wake up to yet another True Crime story the moment I turn on National Public Radio: What has POTUS done today? Which Hollywood mogul has resigned due to scandal? Who is the latest to be Accused? Sadly, a gruesome murder would be a welcome respite at this point. (I jest…mostly.)
While I have certainly tired of True Crime stories, Hollywood most definitely has not.
Blame Ryan Murphy’s multiple Emmy Award-winning limited series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, for continuing this trend (which picked up a lot of steam with Murphy’s The People Vs. OJ Simpson).
If True Crime TV ain’t your jam, check out 33 Great True Crime Books As Picked By True Crime Writers, Per Vulture. My favorite is In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.
Podcasts on True Crime are thriving, as well. Uproxx Lists The 20 Best True Crime Podcasts.
Meanwhile back to TV, here’s some of what’s in the ol’ development pipeline and heading your way:
- Crime Farm (HBO Max) Nicole Kidman EPs this psychosexual drama about a married couple who are crime investigators and the crime that unravels their marriage. Sounds like Eyes Wide Shut meets Columbo! Variety has has the details HERE.
- Major Crimes (TBD) Director David Ayer and Entertainment One partner on this anthology series focused on notorious LA crimes, dramatizing one crime per season.
- Unsolved Mysteries (Netflix) Shawn Levy and original creators Cosgrove/Meurer team up for a reboot of the successful NBC true crime documentary series that was hosted by Robert Stack.
- Interrogation (CBS All Access) Peter Sarsgaard set to star as a detective investigating a young man who murdered his mother. Series order.
- The Act at Hulu. Calum Worthy, Joey King, and Patricia Arquette star in this seasonal anthology character-based series whose first season is adapted from Michelle Dean’s 2016 Buzzfeed article, Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom To Be Murdered. Here are details via Deadline Hollywood.
- Making a Murderer at Netflix. S2 premieres Oct. 19th. Filmmakers return to Wisconsin to follow the post-conviction aftermath of a man who allegedly murdered a woman. Here’s the T R A I L E R for S2. . The Wrap has all the details about S2.
- Crimetown at FX. S2 of this podcast explores the corruption in Detroit. S1 focused on Rhode Island’s corruption. New season launched Oct. 1st. From the producers of The Jinx.
- Law & Order: Hate Crimes at NBC. Dick Wolf gets a series order for the latest iteration of his hit series franchise. New 13-episode spin-off will be featured within an SVU and focus on New York’s Hate Crimes Task Force. How uplifting! Deadline has more details here.
- Escape at Dannemora at Showtime. Benicio Del Toro and Patricia Arquette star in the limited series about two guys who escape from prison with the help of a female admirer. Arquette recently won a Golden Globe Award for her performance. Ben Stiller executive produces and directs this 8-parter. Here’s the Trailer, per THR.
- Fever at BBC America. Elizabeth Moss stars as Typhoid Mary, a immigrant imprisoned for spreading the disease among wealthy New England families. Based on Mary Beth Keane’s novel. Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle of Annapurna Films executive produce.
- A Very English Scandal for BBC One. Hugh Grant stars as a disgraced Prime Minister who was accused and acquitted of murdering his ex-lover who is played by Ben Whishaw (in a Golden Globe-winning perf). Stephen Frears directs. It’s already premiered in the UK. Available now on Amazon. Here are 10 Things You Need To Know.
- Serial at NPR. S3 of the popular and influential podcast explores Cleveland’s criminal justice system. Serial Is Still A Juggernaut, per Vulture.
- Trial and Error: Ladykiller at NBC. Even True Crime stories are getting the mockumentary treatment as evidenced by this sitcom which is one of my favorite series of 2018. Trial & Error is heavily influenced by Serial and Crimetown. Each season stars a new criminal defendant in the fictional town of East Peck. John Lithgow is featured in S1, and the charming Kristin Chenoweth (American Gods, Pushing Daisies) steals the show in S2. Sorry to report that NBC has passed on a S3. Could be heading to Hulu or to Amazon. We can all use a little levity, yes?
- Why Women Kill at CBS All Access. Marc Cherry (Devious Maids, Desperate Housewives) fictionalizes the nature of true crime murders in three different decades. All the murders are motivated by betrayal.
- Defending Jacob at Apple. Chris Evans (Captain America, Snowpiercer) stars in this straight-to-series order about a man whose 14-year-old son is accused of murder. True story is based on William Landhay’s 2012 novel. Variety’s Got The Deets….
And speaking of Serial, if you never saw Saturday Night Live‘s hilarious sendup of Serial‘s hard-hitting investigation into Santa Claus (featuring the wonderful Cecily Strong and Amy Adams), you must treat yourself to a good laugh:
SNL Serial: The Christmas Surprise
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