U.S. net Investigation Discovery is readying a series on ill-fated compulsions entitled My Strange Criminal Addiction, set to premiere on December 1.
Featuring three stories per episode, the Indigo Films-produced, 4 x 60-minute series features addiction specialist Dr. Mike Dow (pictured) visiting various cases and explaining how some individuals are triggered into strange compulsions.
The premiere episode, for example, features a man who has been imprisoned for a long history of harassing women on subways by grinding up against them. The episode reveals that the same behavior is exhibited by an identical twin brother. Interviews with these individuals aim to further illuminate how such behaviors become addictions and, ultimately, illegal activities.
“As a brand-expanding series for ID, My Strange Criminal Addiction shows just how a simple compulsion – typically, harmless at first – can cause a person’s life to travel down the rabbit hole into something far more sinister and disturbing,” said Henry Schleiff - group president of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel, Destination America, Discovery Family Channel, and Discovery Fit & Health – in a statement.
“However, as headline-grabbing as these conditions may be, it’s still very important that our viewers see that people battling these dark addictions deserve our understanding and, indeed, sympathy as they seek rehabilitation,” he added.
For Indigo Films, David Frank is exec producing and Stacy Waters is supervising producer, while Thomas Cutler is exec producing for ID.
My Strange Criminal Addiction debuts on December 1 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.