U.S. cable net Investigation Discovery (ID) is bringing back True Crime with Aphrodite Jones, while HGTV Canada will host the return of Canada’s Handyman Challenge, both debuting this month.
True Crime with Aphrodite Jones (pictured above) will premiere on January 7 at 10 p.m. EST/PST on ID, and will see Jones, a crime reporter and author, taking on headline-making crime stories, including the trial of Casey Anthony and former NFL player Eric Naposki.
Every episode in the Peacock Productions series follows Jones as she visits the scene of the crime, and follows new angles to present evidence and theories that allow viewers to rethink their previous conclusions on the crimes.
The cases include a prison interview with Naposki, who was sentenced to life for the murder of his lover’s boyfriend; Stephanie Lazarus, the LAPD detective convicted of murdering a newlywed over jealousy; Narcy Novack, who arranged the murders of her husband and mother-in-law; and Wall street motivational speaker Jeffrey Locker, who hired a hitman to kill him. In the Casey Anthony episode, Jones interviews the trial judge and defense lawyer.
“Our fans love getting to the heart of headline-making cases in True Crime,” said Henry Schleiff, president of ID. “Aphrodite uses her unconventional and unique instincts to expose hard truths about cases that true-crime fans may have been too quick to judge during the media firestorm.”
For Peacock Productions, Bruce Kennedy is the series producer and Lloyd Fales is the executive producer. For Investigation Discovery, Eugenie Vink is executive producer and Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production.
HGTV Canada, meanwhile, will see its top series of 2012, Canada’s Handyman Challenge, return in 2013 with a new season, premiering on January 22 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.
Bryan Baeumler of Leave it to Bryan, Scott McGillivray of Income Property and Paul Lafrance of Decked Out are judges of the season, with Jennifer Robertson joining the cast as host. Mike Holmes from Holmes Makes It Right will appear as a guest judge in the final episode.
Contestants will take part in challenges that test speed, expertise and precision, and tough critiques in order to win the CAD$25,000 prize.
“Canada’s Handyman Challenge provides talented Canadians with a unique opportunity. Not only do they showcase their skills on a national platform, but they have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to receive guidance and advice from some of the top talent in the contracting and construction industries, plus a shot at a $25,000 prize,” said Barb Williams, senior VP of content at Shaw Media.