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“Who the Bleep” reboot, Hammer family special among ID’s 2022-23 slate

True-crime net ID and Discovery+ have announced a slate of new programming for the 2022-23 season that will air on both the linear channel and the streaming service, running to more than ...
May 18, 2022

True-crime net ID and Discovery+ have announced a slate of new programming for the 2022-23 season that will air on both the linear channel and the streaming service, running to more than 450 hours of premium specials, brand new series and reboots of classic shows.

ID will kick off its slate later this summer with four new specials revisiting headline-grabbing cases from the ’90s. Throughout the month of August, ID will premiere a special every Sunday, including looks at the Menendez Brothers case, the slayings of rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur, and more. Following that, ID will air specials about the disappearance of Gabby Petito, and Hollywood star Armie Hammer and his family’s legacy, as well as the return of Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry? and the TV version of the popular podcast Disappeared.

Premiering in August, The Menendez Brothers: Misjudged? returns to the infamous televised trial from the 1990s that, thanks to TikTok and social media, has captured the imagination of Gen Z. This new series will revisit the case three decades later to see if the media — and everyone else — got the story wrong about the two brothers who were found guilty of killing their parents. It’s produced for ID by Lion TV with Steve McLaughlin and Jennifer Silverman serving as executive producers and Eugenie Vink executive producing for ID.

Also debuting in August is Who Killed Biggie and Tupac (w/t), which re-examines the murders of the rival rappers 25 years after the fact. Featuring exclusive interviews and insight into both shootings, the series seeks answers from the key players involved. It comes from Arrow International Media Limited with John Owens and Lucie Ridout serving as executive producers and Eugenie Vink executive producing for ID.

Mary Kay Letourneau: Notes on a Scandal looks at the sex scandal that shocked America in the 1990s, in which a married 34-year-old teacher and mother of four began an affair with a 12-year-old student, with both parties insisting that it was true love. The special is also produced by Arrow International Media Limited with John Owens and Lucie Ridout executive producing and Eugenie Vink serving as the executive producer for ID.

Rounding out ID’s slate of August specials is The Killer Nanny about British au pair Louise Woodward, whose murder trial transfixed UK viewers and split public opinion about her guilt. Now, 25 years later, evidence is re-examined with unprecedented access to witnesses, the defense team, the prosecution and members of the jury.

Also on the slate is the previously announced Discovery+ exclusive House of Hammer (w/t, pictured), which not only investigates the myriad allegations against actor Armie Hammer that arose on social media in 2021 (which the actor has consistently and vehemently denied), but also explores five generations of men in the Hammer family. Using a trove of archive and interviews from survivors and family members, the special promises to shed light on the secrets of this “dysfunctional dynasty.” It’s produced for Discovery+ by Talos Films with Julian P. Hobbs and Elli Hakami serving as executive producers and Pamela Deutsch executive producing for Discovery+.

Gabby Petito: An ID Murder Mystery is set to premiere in October, marking both the one-year anniversary of Petito’s disappearance and eventual death as well as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The special is a thoughtful investigation that breaks down the realities of her fatal relationship. The special is produced by Jupiter Entertainment with Patrick Reardon, David O’Donnell, Brian Nashel and Erich Sturm serving as executive producers and Pamela Deutsch executive producing for ID.

Also on the way from ID in 2022 are several new series, including Disappeared, a television “reinvention” of the popular ID podcast of the same name that shines a light on individuals who vanished without a trace, and whose loved ones are searching for answers. It’s produced for ID by Blackfin with Lorri Leighton and Geno McDermott serving as executive producers, with Diana Sperraza executive producing for ID.

Returning to ID after a seven-year hiatus is Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?, which will see a modern makeover and all-new episodes looking at dangerous and manipulative criminals who use their charm to lure unsuspecting victims into romantic relationships. It’s produced by Efran Films with Shawn Efran and Mary Bissell serving as executive producers and Pamela Deutsch as the executive producer for ID.

Also on the way is Wild Wicked West (w/t), a new series that looks at murders committed in some of the most remote towns in the western U.S., which can be the hardest cases for authorities to crack. The series is produced for ID by BriteSpark with Nick Godwin and Alex Nickolic-Dunlop serving as executive producers, with Ron Simon executive producing for ID.

Finally, Murderer Next Door explores the stories of ordinary people confronting evils that were right in front of them. Using home archive, the series journeys with insiders into crimes to reveal what was missed before tragedy changed everything. It comes from Joke Productions with Joke Fincioen, Biagio Messina and David Erickson executive producers and Lorna Thomas serving as the executive producer for ID.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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