ID greenlights fast-turnaround doc series, podcast

The U.S. cable net has ordered the fast-turnaround doc series Front Page, which will cover recent criminal cases, and will launch a podcast to complement its series The Mind of a Murderer.
March 23, 2015

Investigation Discovery has ordered Front Page, a fast-turnaround doc series about headline-grabbing criminal cases.

Produced in conjunction with news outlets such as NBC, ABC and CBS, the series will cover topics such as the recent arrest of real estate scion Robert Durst, and the ongoing Aaron Hernandez trial among others.

Episodes will air within weeks of the original incidents and feature expert commentary from criminal psychologists, journalists, police and forensic scientists.

“We’ve learned through our popular website and viewer feedback that ID is a trusted source for information on the intricacies of complicated cases,” said Henry Schleiff, group president of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel, Destination America, Discovery Life Channel and Discovery Family Channel, in a statement. “Creating ‘instamentaries’ ripped from the front pages of newspapers across the country is a natural evolution of our storytelling.”

An air date has not yet been announced.

In related news, ID has launched a podcast that serves as a companion piece to the series The Mind of a Murderer.

Narrated by criminal psychologist and trial consultant Dr. Michelle Ward, the six-episode The Mind of a Murderer Podcast is the network’s first podcast and is available for download via iTunes.

Each episode features commentary from Ward about her experiences driving to prison facilities to interview incarcerated murderers, such as death row inmate Tracy Beatty who was sentenced to death by lethal injection in 2009 for strangling his mother to death.

Podcasting has been a hot topic among unscripted TV execs and producers lately thanks to the success of NPR’s Serial podcast last year.

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