U.S. cable net Reelz will begin airing a documentary series based on American tabloid National Enquirer’s “secret files” on May 28.
Produced by Jupiter Entertainment in partnership with American Media Inc. and Weinstein Television Unscripted, National Enquirer Investigates will look at celebrity scandals and deaths. Featured celebrities include O.J. Simpson, Charlie Sheen, Natalie Wood, Marilyn Monroe (pictured), Elvis Presley and Whitney Houston and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, among others.
The series is the first to result from a deal between the Weinstein Company, Jupiter and Enquirer parent American Media to develop and produce TV, film and digital initiatives based on the publisher’s portfolio, which also includes Radar Online, Star and Men’s Fitness.
Each episode of the Reelz series will feature interviews, recreations, archival documents and photos and new evidence. In a press release, the companies said the stories would be presented with “a fresh perspective and subjected to new scrutiny in search of the final revelation.”
The premiere episode will examine the circumstances surrounding the 1962 death of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. Future episodes will focus on Charlie Sheen’s HIV announcement and Elvis Presley’s death.
Executive producers on the series are Jupiter’s Stephen Land, American Media’s David Pecker and Dylan Howard and TWC’s Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and Patrick Reardon. Jupiter’s Allison Wallach and Deborah Allen are also exec producing.