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Showtime preps Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady’s “Love Fraud”

Premium U.S. network Showtime has slotted in a release date for acclaimed docuseries Love Fraud. The project, set to make its premiere on May 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, is the ...
February 14, 2020

Premium U.S. network Showtime has slotted in a release date for acclaimed docuseries Love Fraud.

The project, set to make its premiere on May 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, is the first multi-part documentary effort from Emmy Award winners and Academy Award nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (both Jesus Camp, The Boys of Baraka).

Love Fraud held its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in January, and was announced as part of the Showtime slate during the TCA winter press tour. The four-part docuseries follows the life and times of Richard Scott Smith, a man who has spent the past 20 years conning women out of their money and self-respect. Ewing and Grady capture the story as it unravels in real time as Smith’s victims join together to hire a “a chain-smoking, no-nonsense bounty hunter named Carla” to get their revenge once it becomes clear that justice will not be done otherwise.

Ewing and Grady co-direct and executive produce the series, with Amy Goodman Kass and Jihan Robinson serving as executive producers, alongside Michael Bloom and Maria Zuckerman for Topic Studios.

Love Fraud is a sublime blend of true crime, female empowerment and an unnerving psychological portrait,” said Vinnie Malhotra, EVP of non-fiction programming at Showtime Networks, in a statement. “Heidi and Rachel have turned the true crime genre on its head with this revenge tale full of eccentricities that ring both haunting and, in some cases, amusing.”

Showtime released the trailer and key art for the series this week. Catch the preview at:

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