Unscripted

Coming Soon: “Disappearance of Crystal Rogers,” “Little Life on the Prairie”

In this week’s round-up, we look at unscripted series scheduled to debut on Oxygen Media, Investigation Discovery and TLC. NBC Universal-owned, crime-focused network Oxygen is diving head first into the unnerving ...
August 9, 2018

In this week’s round-up, we look at unscripted series scheduled to debut on Oxygen Media, Investigation Discovery and TLC.

NBC Universal-owned, crime-focused network Oxygen is diving head first into the unnerving and complex story of a small town shrouded in secrets in a six-part event series.

Produced by Peacock Productions, The Disappearance of Crystal Rogers follows Emmy Award-nominated journalist Stephanie Bauer and retired homicide detective Dwayne Stanton as they examine the 2015 unsolved disappearance of 35-year-old Crystal Rogers, a mother of five who vanished without a trace from the town of Bardstown, Kentucky. The six-part series premieres Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

The female-focused crime network will also launch an investigation into the murder of a Mississippi teen that has left a town divided.

Directed by Joe Berlinger, Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers will focus on the mysterious death of Jessica Chambers — a Mississippi teen, who in December 2014 was doused in gasoline and set on fire. Inspired by the reporting of BuzzFeed News’ investigative reporter Katie J.M. Baker, the five-part series explores the murder of the 19-year-old and provides an in-depth look into the trial of Quinton Tellis, a man accused of the crime. Produced by Wilshire Studios, Third Eye Motion Picture Company and BuzzFeed Studios, Unspeakable Crime premieres Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.

Elsewhere, Discovery’s mystery and suspense network Investigation Discovery is primed for the mid-August debut of its latest special event Pamela Smart: An American Murder Mystery.

Broadcasting Aug. 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the three-part special from Jupiter Entertainment will delve into the 1990 murder of Gregg Smart, who was found dead by his wife Pamela, a 22-year-old teacher, in their Derry, New Hampshire condo. Police shifted their attention to Gregg’s grieving widow after scouring the area for clues. What unfolded from their investigation was a web of lies and deceit as they uncovered that Pamela had been having an affair with a high school student, Billy Flynn. The event special will feature interviews from the story’s key players, including Detective Daniel Pelletier, investigative reporter Bill Spencer, prosecutor Paul Maggiotto, and an exclusive interview with the defendant herself, Pamela Smart.

Finally, lifestyle network TLC is gearing up to follow a little couple’s pregnancy journey as they explore in vitro fertilization (IVF) while expanding their family on a farm.

Little Life on the Prairie (pictured) from This is Just a Test will chronicle the lives of the Webnar family – all born with achondroplasia dwarfism – in their search of a simpler life that’s more conducive to raising and expanding their family. The six-part series will chart the Webnars’ adjustment from big-city living in California to running a farm in the countryside of Arizona, all while hoping to expand their family despite major health risks and medical challenges. Little Life on the Prairie bows across TLC on Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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