In this week’s roundup, new unscripted series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across Investigation Discovery, Netflix and PBS’s ‘Independent Lens’.
Digital streaming giant Netflix has coaxed late night legend David Letterman to postpone his retirement plans as he returns to the spotlight.
Produced by RadicalMedia and Letterman’s Worldwide Pants, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (6 x 60, pictured) centers around one celebrated figure whom Letterman finds fascinating. The series will feature intimate studio interviews and field segments with such icons as George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey, Howard Stern and President Barack Obama. The first episode of the talk show series will stream on Friday (Jan. 12) with a new episode made available each subsequent month in 2018.
Elsewhere, Discovery Communications-owned true crime network Investigation Discovery is slated to premiere the latest installment of its ‘An American Murder Mystery’ franchise, as well as a docuseries featuring Brooklyn-based prosecutor Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi.
Anchoring ID’s latest offering is Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery. The three-part event special re-examines the investigation and trial of Jodi Arias for the murder of her 30-year-old ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, who was found in the shower of his Mesa, Arizona home on June 4, 2008 with 27 stab wounds and a gunshot to the head.
The series, produced by American Media, Inc. and Jupiter Entertainment, features exclusive interviews with key players involved with the case and examines Arias’ strange behavior that led to her arrest and conviction. The three-part mini-series begins Jan. 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ID.
Two days later, on Jan. 16, ID will debut the Weinberger Media-made True Conviction. The six-part series explores real stories of how homicide cases are solved on the street and won in the courtroom and traces Homicide Bureau attorney Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi’s journey across the U.S. to reveal how the nation’s top prosecutors tackled their most difficult homicide cases.
Each episode follows Nicolazzi as she visits the scene of the crime, examines the case through the eyes of the prosecutor, and meets with key figures at the center of the case including the loved ones and investigators. True Conviction airs Jan. 16 at 11 p.m. ET/PT before moving to its regular time slot of Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Finally, American pubcaster PBS’s long-running doc strand ‘Independent Lens’ is preparing to share the television broadcast premiere of director Peter Nicks’ acclaimed feature-length documentary The Force.
The 80-minute film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was feted with the Directing Award: U.S. Documentary honors. It provides exclusive access into the embattled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to rebuild trust in one of America’s most violent, yet promising, cities. The Force debuts on ‘Independent Lens’ Jan. 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.