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Football and murder meet in ID series “Murder Under the Friday Night Lights”

ID has slated a new true-crime docuseries, Murder Under the Friday Night Lights, to premiere on the channel on January 4. The six-part series, produced by Lion Television US, will explore violence ...
December 21, 2021

ID has slated a new true-crime docuseries, Murder Under the Friday Night Lights, to premiere on the channel on January 4.

The six-part series, produced by Lion Television US, will explore violence and murder surrounding local high school football teams across America. The show features accounts from those who knew the crimes intimately, as well as archival footage to shine a light on cases of dangerous obsession, violence and murder, from a football player in a small town terrorizing his team’s cheerleaders to a promising football star killed before he could start his freshman season.

“High school football is a bedrock of small town America where the hometown team is often the centerpiece of the local community. But sadly these local traditions can come with an unexpected dark side,” said Jason Sarlanis, president of crime and investigative content, linear and streaming at Discovery in a news release.

“Uncontrollably jealous teammates, cheerleaders gone missing and even local authorities going to extraordinary lengths to cover up for the star player; these crimes can have a tragic impact on the whole town and their damage can ripple throughout the community for years to come.”

Murder Under the Friday Night Lights is produced for ID by Lion Television US with Allison Corn, Stan Hsue and Jennifer Silverman executive producing, and Simon Boyce serving as showrunner. Ron Simon is the executive producer for ID.

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