A+E Networks’ women-skewing entertainment network Lifetime has greenlit two new documentaries about the rise and fall of the NXIVM cult and the college admissions scandal as part of their Beyond the Headlines series.
Beyond the Headlines: Escaping the NXIVM Cult with Gretchen Carlson explores the inner-workings of the self-described self-help group NXIVM, better known as a sex cult, whose former leader Keith Raniere was found guilty of racketeering, sex trafficking and other crimes. Host Gretchen Carlson (pictured, right) walks viewers through the case, joined by actress Catherine Oxenberg (left), who fought to get her own daughter out of NXIVM.
Meanwhile, Beyond the Headlines: The College Admissions Scandal with Gretchen Carlson follows Carlson through the recent, messy college admissions scandal that saw celebrities and prominent individuals helping their kids get into prestigious universities by fraudulent means.
Both doc specials are produced by A+E Originals for Lifetime. Carlson executive produces alongside Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat and Patty Ivins Specht for A+E Originals, and Brie Miranda Bryant and Nicole Vogel for Lifetime.
The two docs accompany Lifetime’s Ripped from the Headlines scripted programming, including Escaping The NXIVM Cult: A Mother’s Fight to Save Her Daughter and The College Admissions Scandal, which cover similar ground as the docs in narrative fiction form.
Escaping the NXVIM Cult with Gretchen Carlson premieres Sept. 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT following the Escaping The NXIVM Cult premiere.
The College Admissions Scandal with Gretchen Carlson premieres Oct. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT following the The College Admissions Scandal premiere.