U.S. cable network Investigation Discovery (ID) is launching its first original web series, Guilty: Dumb in the First Degree, and a website called Crime Feed.
The short-form, 10-part series is hosted by ID executive producer Thomas Cutler and looks at cases where crime turned into comedy. It will be available on InvestigationDiscovery.com.
Guilty: Dumb in the First Degree includes botched robberies, failed escapes and more, while J-L Cauvin, a former assistant district attorney, explores the legal aspects of each incident.
Crime Feed, meanwhile, aims to complement the specials and series on the network’s website, with interactive crime timelines to keep users up on the latest newsworthy investigations and trials.
The online content features information about the crimes of today, and includes Weekly Injustice with Keith Beauchamp, where the titular filmmaker and investigative reporter highlights a social justice story not getting coverage in the national press; and Trial Tracker with Pat LaLama, starring the Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist.
The site will also offer recurring features including Mugshot Monday, Throwback Thursday, What the (Bleep) Happened This Week?, As Seen on TV, and Criminals Say the Darnedest Things.
“The story does not always begin and end in an episode, and these new offerings are the perfect real-time complement to Investigation Discovery’s programming,” said Kevin Bennett, general manager of Investigation Discovery. “Both Crime Feed and Guilty: Dumb in the First Degree extend the reach of the ID brand, feature our top experts and allow viewers to further immerse themselves in the fascinating world of crime – as only we can.”
“With the strong growth of the network and given the passion of our viewers, we recognized an opportunity to super-serve that audience with smart and entertaining digital companions to ID’s addictive on-air lineup,” added Miguel Monteverde, VP of digital media for Discovery Communications. “We look forward to engaging viewers further online and reaching new audiences.”