Season Two of HLN Docu-Series “Murder Nation” Examines Deadly Crimes Unique to the Garden State





Season Two of HLN Docu-Series “Murder Nation” Examines Deadly Crimes Unique to the Garden State in Jersey Gore, Premiering Sunday October 10
Amid the beauty and wonderland of the New Jersey coastline, dark currents sometimes seep through. “Murder Nation: Jersey Gore” exposes four shocking deadly crimes that took place in this scenic paradise for residents and vacationers.
[via press release from HLN]
Season Two of HLN Docu-Series Murder Nation Examines Deadly Crimes Unique to the Garden State in Jersey Gore, Premiering Sunday October 10

Four-Episode Series Murder Nation: Jersey Gore Premieres with Bizarre Murder in Popular Resort Town Mays Landing

September 22, 2021, HLN’s Murder Nation – an investigation docu-series that puts a spotlight on deadly crimes unique to U.S. locales – focuses on startling homicides in the seaside towns of New Jersey in season two’s Jersey Gore, premiering Sunday, October 10 at 10 pm ET/PT.

Amid the beauty and wonderland of the New Jersey coastline, dark currents sometimes seep through. “Murder Nation: Jersey Gore” exposes four shocking deadly crimes that took place in this scenic paradise for residents and vacationers.

Each season of Murder Nation focuses on one U.S. region and the crimes unique to it. The series explores bodies that turn up in swamps in the Bayou, killers stalking the sandy beaches of the Jersey Shore, the screams lost in the cold Alaskan tundra, and the deadly criminals lurking in the shadows of the vast New Mexican deserts. Murder Nation illuminates what connects these crimes to their environments and what makes them so uniquely American.

Each episode of Murder Nation will be available on demand the day after the broadcast premiere via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps.

Murder Nation is produced for HLN by Glass Entertainment.

Following are airdates, episode titles and descriptions for “Murder Nation: Jersey Gore” (all times ET/PT):

Sunday, October 10, 10-11pm: LOVE YOU TO PIECES

When a Jersey retiree leaves his wife for a young waitress in Florida, their beach community rallies behind her. But when his family and friends don’t hear from him, an investigation into his disappearance reveals startling secrets and something starts to smell fishy in the seaside town of May’s landing.

Sunday, October 17, 10-11pm: SINS AT THE SYNAGOGUE

When a beloved rabbi’s wife turns up dead in one of New Jersey’s most idyllic and desirable suburbs, the community is sent into a tailspin. After months of fruitless investigation, police begin to discover that one of Cherry Hill’s most powerful couples might not have been as perfect as they seemed.

Sunday, October 24, 10-11pm: SEASHORE PSYCHOPATH

When a promising teenager goes missing under mysterious circumstances, her tight-knit Jersey Shore town rallies to find answers. After months of heartbreaking dead ends, a shocking video reveals a story that no one saw coming.

Sunday, October 31, 10-11pm: GAMBLING WITH DEATH

After a night of glitz and gambling in Atlantic City, a prominent New Jersey couple is attacked on their way home. But what looks like a run of the mill carjacking gone wrong, turns out to be a multipronged conspiracy exposing that suburbia’s perfect couple might have been anything but.

About HLN

HLN (www.CNN.com/HLN) features live coverage of national, regional, lifestyle, and entertainment stories in a fast-paced approachable tone with expert-led hosts. The network also presents original and acquired series focusing on true crime, mysteries and investigations. HLN is a CNN Worldwide network reaching more than 90 million households in the U.S. CNN is a division of WarnerMedia.



When Liaisons Turn Deadly… HLN Original Series “Sex & Murder” Returns for Season Two





When Liaisons Turn Deadly… HLN Original Series “Sex & Murder” Returns for Season Two on Sunday, August 29
In this series, detectives uncover dirty secrets, scandalous sex affairs, online sex addictions, jealousy and stunning twisted fantasies when looking for motives for murder.
[via press release from HLN]
When Liaisons Turn Deadly… HLN Original Series “Sex & Murder” Returns For Season Two on Sunday, August 29

August 4, 2021- Chance encounters, clandestine meetings, obsessive love affairs. Some liaisons can have deadly consequences. Season two of the HLN Original Series Sex & Murder, launching Sunday August 29 at 10pm ET/PT, follows some of the most bizarre and shocking of these cases with six new episodes.

In this series, detectives uncover dirty secrets, scandalous sex affairs, online sex addictions, jealousy and stunning twisted fantasies when looking for motives for murder.

Sex & Murder is produced by HLN Investigations headed by executive producer Elizabeth Yuskaitis.

Following are airdates and episode descriptions for Sex & Murder:

Sunday, August 29, 2021 (season premiere) “Dirty Office Affair” (Emmett Corrigan): Successful lawyer, Mormon family man and father of five was shot down in cold blood at a Walgreens parking lot. But a closer look reveals a dirty office affair that turned into a dangerous game of Russian roulette.

September 5, 2021 “Killer Sex Party” (Amanda Logue) A tattoo shop owner, Dennis Abrahamsen, was found brutally murdered, naked on a massage table in his home. Evidence tells a story of a wild sex party gone wrong with a famous adult actress.

September 12, 2021 “Storm of Lies” (Crystal McDowell) A beautiful mom of two, Crystal McDowell, vanishes as Hurricane Harvey rocks Houston, Texas. Surveillance video leads investigators to her twisted killer.

September 19, 2021″Dead in the Deep End” (Adam Frasch), and a former model, Samira Frasch, was living a life of extravagance with multiple homes and high-end cars until tragedy struck. The mother of two was found dead at the bottom of her swimming pool and both her children missing from the home.

September 26, 2021 “Chilling Cover-up” (Shannon Graves) Beautiful aspiring cosmetologist Shannon Graves is found dismembered in a padlocked freezer. But when another woman is spotted driving her car and going into her apartment, detectives discover a chilling cover-up.

October 3, 2021 “Fatal Ambush” (Teresa Sievers) Successful doctor and mom of two, Teresa Sievers, is found bludgeoned to death in her kitchen after returning home from a family vacation. Forensics and surveillance video lead investigators across state lines to shocking evidence.

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Sex & Murder episodes will be available on demand the day after their broadcast premiere via cable/satellite systems.

About HLN Investigations

HLN Investigations is a news team that produces breaking news specials and HLN Original Series within the crime and justice genre. Stephanie Todd, Vice President, Programming, HLN, oversees the group headed by Elizabeth Yuskaitis, executive producer, HLN.

About HLN

HLN (www.CNN.com/HLN) features live coverage of national, regional, lifestyle, and entertainment stories in a fast-paced approachable tone with expert-led hosts. The network also presents original and acquired series focusing on true crime, mysteries and investigations. HLN is a CNN Worldwide network reaching more than 90 million households in the U.S. CNN is a division of WarnerMedia.



Leading Crime Docu-Series “Forensic Files II” Premieres Second Season





Leading Crime Docu-Series “Forensic Files II” Premieres Second Season with 14 New Episodes – Narrated By Bill Camp – Sunday, July 11, Exclusively on HLN
In advance of the season premiere, timed to the July 4 weekend, HLN will air a “Forensic Files Across America” marathon, featuring episodes grouped by U.S. locations airing all day Sunday, July 4, beginning at 10am.
[via press release from HLN]
Leading Crime Docu-Series “Forensic Files II” Premieres Second Season with 14 New Episodes – Narrated By Bill Camp (“Queen’s Gambit”, “News of the World”) – Sunday, July 11, Exclusively on HLN

Concurrent With 25th Anniversary of Groundbreaking Original Series, HLN Celebrates by Airing 250 of Most Compelling Forensic Files Episodes Preceding the Forensic Files II, Season Two Premiere

Link to season trailer: https://f.io/heZE9h5b

June 30, 2021 Forensic Files II – the hugely successful re-booted continuation of the long-running beloved original series – premieres its second season, with 14 back-to-back, new half-hour episodes, on Sunday, July 11, 10-11pm ET/PT produced by, and airing exclusively on, HLN.

The highest-rated HLN Original Series in the network’s history, Forensic Files II in its first season, reached additional benchmarks including:

In 2020, ranked #8 among the Top 20 non-fiction crime series1on cable among P25-54.

Averaged more than one million total viewers for its Sunday 10pm/10:30pm Sunday premiere episodes.

Ranked #9 in ALL OF CABLE among P25-54 and #10 among P2+in the Sunday 10p hour.

#1 True Crime Series in its time period with P25-54 among the top True Crime cable competition(ID, A&E and Oxygen).

In advance of the Forensic Files II season premiere, timed to the July 4 weekend, HLN will air a “Forensic Files Across America” marathon, featuring episodes grouped by U.S. locations airing all day Sunday, July 4, beginning at 10am. Additionally, running Monday, July 5 at 1pm through Sunday, July 11 at 10pm, HLN will present “Forensic Files Top 250 Episode Rewind,” 250 of the “greatest” episodes leading up to the season premiere of Forensic Files II.

The original Forensic Files series, which halted production in 2011, returned on February 23, 2020, with new episodes true to the original format, content, and continuity, but featuring advancements in investigative technology and production. Additionally, the series is now narrated by acclaimed film, stage and television actor Bill Camp (Queen’s Gambit, News of the World, Joker, The Night Of).

Forensic Files ll will also stream live for subscribers via CNNgo (at CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android. Ahead of the linear premiere, starting on Monday July 5, a series sneak peek will be available on demand to subscribers via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps. The rest of the series full episodes will be available on demand the day after their broadcast premiere via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps.

Forensic Files II is produced by HLN Original Series under the guidance of Nancy Duffy, senior vice president, program development, CNN and executive producer of the series.

Smart home security company ADT continues to serve primary sponsor of Forensic Files II.

Exclusive international distribution of Forensic Files II is through GARYLICO.TV, gary@garylico.tv Channels committed include RTL, Foxtel, AMC International, Atresmedia, and NITRO.

Following are the loglines for Forensic Files II, all times are ET/PT (some airdates are TBA):

“The Obsession” (Lisa Ziegert) airdate Sunday, July 11, 10pm The mysterious murder of young teacher’s aide leaves a hole in the heart of her small community in Agawam, Massachusetts. As the rumor-mill about suspects churned, the actual perp slipped further away. But generations of investigators and a scientific breakthrough leads to a shocking end to a tragic case.

“The Ink Beads”(William Sparkman) – airdate Sunday, July 11, 10:30pm: 51-year-old father, and teacher, Bill Sparkman is found hanging naked from a tree with the letters “FED” scrawled on his chest. With barely any evidence to work with, investigators turn to these letters for answers… which leads to a surprising conclusion that no one saw coming.

“The Rise” (Lori Leonard) airdate Sunday, July 18, 10pm A single mom looking for love vanishes without a trace. Foul play is tragically confirmed when a large pickup truck toolbox opens to her body stuffed inside. Homicide detectives investigate men she matched on dating sites, another man she met at work, and finally, a lover with a secret and violent past. Can forensic evidence connect the dots and lead to justice under the law?

“Ten of Hearts” (Jody Loomis) airdate Sunday, July 18, 10:30pm: A 20-year-old woman sets out on her bike and never returns. Her body found just a few miles from her house in Snohomish County, Washington, with a gunshot wound to the head. Who would do such a thing? Years go by without any hard evidence or leads, until a new generation of investigators and modern technology breaks the case and finally puts a face to the killer.

“Heavy Metal” (Lee Hartley) airdate Sunday, July 25, 10pm: In 1982, 37-year-old, Navy lieutenant Lee Hartley is murdered while deployed out to sea. Cause of death? Arsenic poisoning. Investigators discover lee had more than his fair share of enemies aboard the ship. But it takes years before investigators discover what really happened to Lee and who, ultimately, was behind this brutal murder.

“Knots” (Lecia Schollmeyer) airdate Sunday, July 25, 10:30pm: A building manager finds the violated and lifeless body of a young woman in the bathtub of her first apartment. When questioned, an ex-con living downstairs lies to police. But the lies alone do not prove murder and the case goes cold. Then a new forensic tool examines the old evidence. Will science point to a hidden suspect and crack the case?

“Family Ties” (Traci Hammerberg) airdate Sunday, (airdate/time TBA): : On a brutally cold winter night in 1984, a young woman is found viciously murdered on the side of a rural Wisconsin driveway. The victim, Traci Hammerberg, had been out with friends for a night of drinking and partying. What happened? Detectives initially have plenty of suspects, but the investigation would remain unsolved. Until nearly three decades later, when forensics from an unrelated crime helps breaks the case.

“The Reunion” (Landy Martinez) airdate Sunday, (airdate/time TBA): A murder victim’s final moments are caught on tape. The crime scene looks like a clear robbery-murder. Text evidence at first points to a jilted lover, but will his alibi check out? Now police identify a second suspect with a possible motive of deadly revenge. Forensic technology and DNA evidence combine in an attempt to make the case.

“The Orange Shorts” (Monica Schmeyer) airdate Sunday, (airdate/time TBA): A mortally wounded woman crawls to call 911. Her husband who wants a divorce she will not give him, gets a hard look from police. But he says he has an airtight alibi for the exact time of the murder. The intricate forensic science of ballistics is brought to bear to and draws s a direct connection to an unexpected conclusion.

“Personal Penmanship” (Gail Fulton) airdate Sunday, (airdate/time TBA): A deeply religious librarian, wife and mother named Gail Fulton is shot execution style in the quiet suburbs of Michigan. Surveillance video reveals it was trio of killers that took her down. Is there more to Fulton’s background? Eventually, detectives get a break: a handwritten note. But will it provide enough clues to catch the mastermind behind this horrific killing?

“Full Circle” (Yolanda Sapp, Nickie Lowe, Kathy Brisbois) airdate Sunday, (airdate/time TBA): In 1990, three sex workers are brutally murdered and left along the banks of the Spokane river. A serial killer was on the loose – and detectives had few clues. Animal hairs, fibers and a fingerprint were found, but for years the perp was never identified. More than 20 years later there’s a break in the case- and an arrest is finally made, but no one could have ever imagined who was behind this sinister crime.

“Incendiary” (Ebb “Doc” Whitley) Sunday, (airdate/time TBA): An early morning house fire kills the only doctor in the small town of Iaeger, West Virginia. Who -or what – could have led to this? An arson investigation quickly leads to the arrest of Jason lively, the son of the doctor’s long-time nurse. But when Jason’s alleged accomplice walks free, the prosecutor is worried this might have been a miscarriage of justice.

[title TBA] (Susan Woods) Sunday, (airdate/time TBA): He is a criminally charged sex offender and a murderer who attacks in a terrifying rage. This predator manages to evade capture for years, but he leaves a critical piece of evidence behind – his palm print. Detectives are determined to do whatever it takes to put a name and a face to the print.

[title TBA] (Charles Nieman) airdate Sunday, (airdate/time TBA): A hearing impaired 77-year-old on a road trip is attacked by a thief and shot to death Why? Because the man cannot hear his assailant’s demands. Random murders are Among the hardest crimes to solve, but investigators are determined to bring this killer or killers to justice. Can advances in ballistics testing crack the case?

About HLN Original Series

Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, CNN Worldwide, oversees CNN Original Series and HLN Original Series. Nancy Duffy, senior vice president of program development for CNN, supervises production of internally produced HLN Original Series.

About HLN

HLN (www.CNN.com/HLN) features live coverage of national, regional, lifestyle, and entertainment stories in a fast-paced approachable tone with expert-led hosts. The network also presents original and acquired series focusing on true crime, mysteries and investigations. HLN is a CNN Worldwide network reaching more than 90 million households in the U.S. CNN is a division of WarnerMedia.

Source: Nielsen Media via Npower. P25-54 AA, P2+ AA (000s) | Forensic Files II Premiere Season (2/23/20-4/12/20). Su 10p-11p. Based on Live+7 data streams. 1 Includes non-fiction crime programming (excludes reality series) with 2 more tlcs.



New Investigative Docu-Series “Murder Nation” – Focusing on Deadly Crimes Unique to U.S. Locales





New Investigative Docu-Series “Murder Nation” – Focusing on Deadly Crimes Unique to U.S. Locales – Launches Sunday June 13 on HLN with “Blood on the Bayou”
The series focuses on the crimes that are distinct to one U.S. region, whether it is bodies that turn up in swamps in the Bayou, killers stalking the sandy beaches of the Jersey Shore, victims lusting for fame in the Hollywood Hills, or screams lost in the cold Alaskan tundra.
[via press release from HLN]
New Investigative Docu-Series “Murder Nation” – Focusing on Deadly Crimes Unique to U.S. Locales – Launches Sunday June 13 on HLN with “Blood on the Bayou”

Season One Features Four Episodes Covering Startling Murders in Bucolic Louisiana

May 24, 2021 HLN premieres Murder Nation – a new investigation docu-series that puts a spotlight on deadly crimes that are unique to particular locales in the United States – on Sunday, June 13 at 9pm ET/PT with “Blood on the Bayou.”

Airing with two, one-hour, back-to-back episodes each week, each season of Murder Nation focuses on the crimes that are distinct to one U.S. region, whether it is bodies that turn up in swamps in the Bayou, killers stalking the sandy beaches of the Jersey Shore, victims lusting for fame in the Hollywood Hills, or screams lost in the cold Alaskan tundra.

The series illuminates what connects these crimes to their environments and what makes them so uniquely American.

In season one, the “Blood on the Bayou” delves into the Louisiana Bayou, home to a rich and diverse culture, lush swampland, and hearty southern food. But beneath the green marshes and in the shadows of the bright Mardi Gras lights, lie some of America’s most vicious murderers.

Prior to the broadcast premiere, starting on June 4, the episode BIG EASY BLACK WIDOW will be made available on demand to subscribers via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps. Each episode will be available on demand the day after their broadcast premiere via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps.

Murder Nation is produced for HLN by Glass Entertainment.

Following are airdates, episode titles and descriptions for Murder Nation: Blood on the Bayou (all times ET/PT):

Sunday, June 13, 9-10pm: SOUTHERN HARM When four seemingly unconnected women are murdered in their homes in Baton Rouge, LA, authorities go on the hunt for a serial killer. But when more murders happen 20 miles north, a small-town PD presents a theory contrary to the FBI’s. The town’s theories are ignored. More women keep turning up dead until finally, DNA evidence unlocks the key to catching one of the most prolific serial killers in Louisiana history.

Sunday, June 13, 10-11pm: BIG EASY BLACK WIDOW In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the NOPD’s resources are stretched and depleted. So, when a beloved Pastor turns up dead outside of his New Orleans apartment, his case – along with countless others – goes cold. But when his wife’s next husband turns up dead as well, the family suspects something is amiss. They revisit her previous husband’s mysterious death and begin to untangle a sinister web woven by scheming and heartless Black Widow.

Sunday, June 20, 9-10pm: BACKCOUNTRY BACKSTABBER Genore Guillery moved to a small rural town in the backwoods of Louisiana for solitude and space to raise rescued animals. But after she is viciously slain in her country home, police are stumped as to who could have had a vendetta against the kind and generous woman. Months later, a jailhouse tip uncovers a hateful and violent conspiracy that plagues the struggling town and ended Genore’s life.

Sunday, June 20, 10-11pm: TIL DEATH DO US PARTY When, Thomas Talley, a hardworking family man is gunned down in his driveway, his bereft widow Kendra recounts how a wild night in New Orleans ended in murder. Only after police begin to dissect her story, do they realize that there might be more to her tale of partying and jealousy than meets the eye.

About HLN

HLN (www.CNN.com/HLN) features live coverage of national, regional, lifestyle, and entertainment stories in a fast-paced approachable tone with expert-led hosts. The network also presents original and acquired series focusing on true crime, mysteries and investigations. HLN is a CNN Worldwide network reaching more than 90 million households in the U.S. CNN is a division of WarnerMedia.



HLN’s “Very Scary People” Returns for an Even Scarier Third Season





HLN’s “Very Scary People” Returns for an Even Scarier Third Season
Each two-hour episode traces the history, psychology, and motives of these elusive criminals and how they were eventually caught.
[via press release from HLN]
HLN’s “Very Scary People” Returns For an Even Scarier Third Season

Hosted by Donnie Wahlberg, Series Premieres on May 2 at 9 pm ET/PT

Los Angeles (April 12, 2021) – Following its highest-rated season to date, Donnie Wahlberg returns to host the third season of HLN’s Original Series Very Scary People, a six-episode HLN Original Series that takes a closer look at some of the most frightening killers in recent history. Each two-hour episode traces the history, psychology, and motives of these elusive criminals and how they were eventually caught.

Wahlberg’s impressive career spans television, film, and music, capturing the attention of audiences worldwide. He also currently stars on the hit CBS drama “Blue Bloods.”

Very Scary People is an HLN Original Series and part of the network’s internally developed programming dedicated to true crime, mysteries, and investigations. Nancy Duffy, Senior Vice President of Program Development for CNN, is the Executive Producer of the series.

Very Scary People will also stream live for subscribers via CNNgo (at CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android. The series episodes will be available on demand the day after their broadcast premiere via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps.

Very Scary People premieres May 2 at 9pm ET/PT on HLN. The first two seasons of Very Scary People is available to watch on HBOMax.

Episode descriptions and premiere dates:

“The Golden State Killer” – Joseph DeAngelo (May 2)

The Golden State Killer invaded homes, tortured and terrorized families, committed fifty brutal rapes and thirteen vicious murders, and was on the loose for forty-four years. Cold case Investigators chased down thousands of leads without ever getting their man. But a new forensic tool breaks the case and exposes this remorseless predator – Joseph DeAngelo – his family, his background, and his life story; and finally, scores of victims get a measure of long-awaited justice.

“The Butcher Baker ” – Robert Hansen (May 9)

The Butcher Baker was one of the most prolific serial killers in Alaska’s history. For more than a decade, he kidnapped young women and brought them into the wilderness where he stalked them like prey. He got away with his crimes for years, living a double life as a soft-spoken baker and church-going family man by day, and prowling the streets and strip clubs at night, looking for more victims. But when one woman escaped and lived to tell her harrowing story, police made a shocking discovery inside Robert Hansen’s home, which would expose the baker as the monster he truly was.

“The Amityville Horror” – Ron “Butch” DeFeo (May 16)

In November 1974, six members of the DeFeo family were found murdered inside their beautiful seaside home. The mother, father, and four of their children were shot in the back as they lay sleeping in their beds. The bodies were discovered by the only family member left alive – the oldest son Butch DeFeo. What really happened that night in Amityville? Who murdered the DeFeo family and why? What caused the strange events in the house near the sea? Parapsychologists and psychics descend on the house to investigate claims of levitating objects and demonic possession in an attempt to explain why, 50 years later, this house is still a source of nightmares.

“The Dating Game Killer” – Rodney Alcala (May 23)

In 1968, an 8-year-old girl is abducted and raped. The Los Angeles police were just moments from catching her attacker, but he eludes them and escapes to New York where he kills a young woman. This is the beginning of a monstrous killing spree of young girls and women. When police discover who is behind these horrific murders, they are shocked to find it’s a handsome, charming photographer. With a string of murders already behind him, incredibly, Rodney Alcala is chosen to appear on the national game show, “The Dating Game.” What happens next makes Rodney Alcala one of the most horrific serial killers in US history.

“The Iceman” – Richard Kuklinski (May 30)

He was a family man, living in a New Jersey suburb with his wife and three kids. But unbeknownst to his neighbors, Richard Kuklinski held a dark secret: he was the “Iceman” – a cold-blooded killer who was part-time mob hitman for hire, and full-time psychopath. This intimidating, oversized killer managed to evade the police with ease for years. That is, until a few smart investigators started connecting the dots between seemingly unrelated murders and a mystery man known as “Big Rich.”

“The Firestarter” – John Orr (June 6 )

A string of horrifying fires plagues California in the Eighties and Nineties, one of them fatally trapping four people inside. Are these raging infernosaccidental or is someone setting them deliberately? Years of meticulous investigation leads law enforcement to uncover a wave of terrifying fires set by a man some call the most prolific arsonist of the Twentieth century, who turns out to be none other than renowned fire investigator Captain John Orr. In a game of cat and mouse, colleagues discover dark secrets behind the man who thrived on the chaos of igniting the fires he was supposed to be fighting.

About HLN Original Series

Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, CNN Worldwide, oversees CNN Original Series and HLN Original Series. Nancy Duffy, Senior Vice President of Program Development for CNN, supervises production of internally-produced HLN Original Series.

About HLN

HLN features live coverage of national, regional, lifestyle, and entertainment stories in a fast-paced approachable tone with expert-led, personality driven hosts by day. Later in the schedule, the network presents original and acquired series focusing on true crime, mysteries and investigations. HLN is a CNN Worldwide network reaching more than 90 million households in the U.S.



Some Nightmares are Real… Season Two of the HLN Original Series “Real Life Nightmare” Returns





Some Nightmares are Real… Season Two of the HLN Original Series “Real Life Nightmare” Returns Sunday, November 8
Featured in the series is never-before-seen evidence plus a call-to-action that provides viewers an opportunity to be part of the investigation.
[via press release from HLN]
Some Nightmares are Real… Season Two of the HLN Original Series “Real Life Nightmare” Returns Sunday, November 8

New Six-Episode Season Follows Disturbing Unsolved Cases of Chilling Deaths and Missing Persons, With a Call to Action

October 21, 2020 – More terrifying than fiction, season two of the HLN Original Series Real Life Nightmare, premieres Sunday, November 8 at 10pm ET/PT.

Real Life Nightmare presents heart-wrenching, personal mysteries and unexplained deaths that continue to baffle investigators and horrify those left behind. Featured in the series is never-before-seen evidence plus a call-to-action that provides viewers an opportunity to be part of the investigation.

The six, one-hour episode series is produced by HLN Investigations headed by executive producer Elizabeth Yuskaitis.

Following are airdates and episode descriptions for Real Life Nightmare:

November 8, 2020 (season premiere) “Murders on Lake Oconee” -Russell Dermond’s headless body is discovered in the garage of his million-dollar lakefront mansion. His wife, Shirley, is found floating dead in the water, her ankles tethered with cinder blocks. One key piece of evidence still remains missing.

November 15, 2020 “Vanished from School” – After 7-year-old Kyron Horman’s stepmother drops him off at a school science fair and takes a picture, the little boy is never seen again. His disappearance is one of the largest mysteries and investigations in Oregon’s history.

November 22, 2020 “Missing Skelton Brothers” – Three young brothers are reported missing the day after Thanksgiving. In a shocking twist, their daddy claims he gave them to an underground group — but investigators say his story doesn’t add up.

November 29, 2020 “Vanished from the Crib” – Baby Lisa Irwin goes missing from her crib in the middle of the night. Stolen cell phones and a disturbing debit card charge on the parent’s account only adds to the mystery.

December 6, 2020 “You’ll Never Find Him” – Six-year-old Timmothy Pitzen vanishes after a 3-day trip to waterparks and the zoo with his mom. In a terrifying twist, his mom is found dead in a motel room with a disturbing note by her side.

December 13, 2020 “Spring Break from Hell” – 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel suddenly disappears from spring break in Myrtle Beach. She leaves a friend’s hotel and is never seen again. But the case comes alive when twisted and disturbing details start to emerge from a prison cell.

Real Life Nightmare will stream live for subscribers via CNNgo (at CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android. Additionally, all episodes will be available on demand the day after their broadcast premiere via cable/satellite systems.

About HLN Investigations

HLN Investigations is a news team that produces breaking news specials and HLN Original Series within the crime and justice genre. Stephanie Todd, Vice President, Programming, HLN, oversees the group headed by Elizabeth Yuskaitis, executive producer, HLN.

About HLN

HLN (www.CNN.com/HLN) features live coverage of national, regional, lifestyle, and entertainment stories in a fast-paced approachable tone with expert-led hosts. The network also presents original and acquired series focusing on true crime, mysteries and investigations. HLN is a CNN Worldwide network reaching more than 90 million households in the U.S. CNN is a division of WarnerMedia. jachernandez1 | October 21, 2020 at 10:35 am | Categories: HLN, HLN Press Releases | URL: https://wp.me/p1faJE-bYl



Season Five of HLN’s Longest Running Original Series “How It Really Happened with Hill Harper”





Season Five of HLN’s Longest Running Original Series “How It Really Happened with Hill Harper” Premieres Sunday, August 23 with Two-Hour Expose on “The Atlanta Serial Killer”
Also profiled in this six-episode season are enduring and timely stories on Siegfried & Roy, the Boston bombing, the murder of Michael Jordan’s father, the mysterious death of rock legend Tom Petty, and the bizarre case of the Yosemite Mountain Murders.
[via press release from HLN]
Season Five of HLN’s Longest Running Original Series “How It Really Happened with Hill Harper” Premieres Sunday, August 23 with Two-Hour Expose on “The Atlanta Serial Killer”

The Acclaimed Crime and Investigation Series Will Also Include Stories on Siegfried & Roy, Yosemite Killer, Boston Marathon Bombing, Tom Petty and James Jordan

August 10, 2020 – HLN’s longest running Original Series How It Really Happened with Hill Harper begins its fifth season with a comprehensive look at the baffling case of The Atlanta Serial Killer, on Sunday, August 23 at 9pm-11pm ET/PT.

Also profiled in this six-episode season are enduring and timely stories on Siegfried & Roy, the Boston bombing, the murder of Michael Jordan’s father, the mysterious death of rock legend Tom Petty, and the bizarre case of the Yosemite Mountain Murders.

The popular series, hosted by lauded actor Hill Harper (The Good Doctor, CSI: NY), delves deeply into some of the most notorious crimes, mysteries, trials, and celebrity tragedies of our time, with enlightening interviews and access to the vast CNN news library.

Leading up to the two-hour season premiere episode, HLN will present the How It Really Happened “Every Episode Ever” marathon beginning on Thursday, August 20 from 11 am to 11pm ET and continuing on Friday, August 21 (11 am to 11pm ET), on Saturday, August 22, from 12pm ET to 11pm, and concluding on Sunday, August 23, 12 noon-9pm ET.

Nancy Duffy is executive producer of the HLN Original Series How It Really Happened with Hill Harper.

How It Really Happened with Hill Harper will stream live for subscribers via CNNgo (at CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android. Additionally, all series episodes will be available on demand after their broadcast premiere via cable/satellite systems and CNNGo platforms.

Following are airdates and episode descriptions for season five of How It Really Happened with Hill Harper (*note special Monday, Labor Day premiere):

Sunday, August 23 (season five premiere) The Atlanta Serial Killer (two hours)

9-10pm, ET/PT The Atlanta Serial Killer, part 1 – Do You Know Where Your Children Are?:

LOGLINE: From 1979 to 1981, more than two dozen of Atlanta’s black children-mostly boys and young men-disappeared without a trace. Who was killing the city’s most vulnerable … and why?

SYNOPSIS It is one of the darkest chapters in Atlanta’s history. From 1979 to 1981, more than two dozen of the city’s black children-mostly boys and young men-disappeared without a trace and were later found dead in woods, abandoned buildings, and rivers. As fear and panic engulfed the city, police were under intense pressure to find out who was killing Atlanta’s most vulnerable… and why.

10-11pm ET/PT The Atlanta Serial Killer, part 2, The KKK Connection?:

LOGLINE: Investigators believe Wayne Williams, a 23-year-old black man and part-time music producer murdered more than two dozen black children and young men in Atlanta. The 40 year-old evidence is reexamined using modern forensics in search of more answers.

When a suspect finally emerges, his case stirs controversy right from the start. He is a 23-year-old black man and part-time music producer named Wayne Williams and investigators believe he is the man responsible for the vicious slayings of more than two dozen black children and young men. But when Williams is convicted of the murders of only two adult males, it leaves many families feeling like their children never got justice. Now, Atlanta Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, has asked police to reexamine the 40-year-old evidence using modern forensics in search of any answers it might still provide.

Sunday, August 30, Yosemite Murders (two hours)

9-10pm, ET/PT – Yosemite Murders part 1, The Missing Women:

LOGLINE: When in 1999, young women mysteriously disappear from Yosemite National Park, investigators determine foul play and a prime suspect emerges, then escapes.

SYNOPSIS; What is happening in Yosemite National Park? The year is 1999. A mysterious terror suddenly overruns the grandeur and serenity of Yosemite National Park. Vibrant young women are vanishing into thin air. The emergency search and rescue effort are massive, but the missing females are nowhere to be found. As the weeks and months pass the FBI investigation turns from search to recovery, and finally, to foul play. Agents discover the mountain community is a hideout for child molesters and other convicted criminal looking to take refuge. However, all the likely suspects are cleared. Then suddenly and tragically, the murdered bodies of the four missing women are discovered. But, who committed these killings?  And how did they happen? When key evidence is collected and run down, a prime suspect emerges. But as task force investigators close in on their suspect, he packs up all his belonging and slips through the net. Will the lawmen finally connect the dots and solve the notorious case of ”Malice in the Mountains?”

10-11pm, ET/PT, Yosemite Murders, part 2 The Evil Side:

LOGLINE: The key suspect in the murder of young women in Yosemite National Park is caught, but it’s up to an exceptionally skilled FBI agent to dismantle his web of lies and denials to draw a confession.

SYNOPSIS: The prime suspect in the Yosemite murders vanishes just as authorities are tightening then net around him, but in a bizarre twist he is spotted in an unusual hideout that takes even veteran investigators by surprise. Authorities are quickly dispatched to the risqué and unlikely location to bring the suspect in for questioning. An expert FBI interrogator, famous among his colleagues for gently dismantling a predator’s lies and denials, and securing a full confession, arrives on the scene.

Sunday September 6 & Monday, September 7, Siegfried & Roy (two hours)

9-10pm, ET/PT Sunday, September 6,- Siegfried & Roy, part 1 The Tiger Attack:

LOGLINE: In 2003, the wildly successful careers of master illusionists Siegfried & Roy come to a shockingly abrupt end when one of the team’s prized tigers bites Roy Horn on the neck and drags him offstage.

SYNOPSIS: For decades, Siegfried and Roy dazzled millions of visitors to Las Vegas with their spectacular and unique brand of magic, co-starring with some of the world’s most dangerous wild animals. These master illusionists who could seemingly make elephants, lions and tigers disappear into thin air, were the undisputed kings of the Las Vegas Strip. Their show brought in millions of dollars a year and the eccentric duo were beloved celebrities, show-casing the white tigers they raised from cubs and who lived on their property. But on October 3, 2003, their wildly successful run came to an abrupt and shocking end. In the middle of a show, one of their prized white tigers, a 380-pound male named Mantacore, bit Roy Horn in the neck and dragged him offstage in front of a horrified live audience. The world held its breath as Roy Horn fought for his life. He made it back from the brink of death, but the marquee show was shuttered, never to open again. Since then, Siegfried and Roy have stuck to their version of what occurred that night, telling the world that the tiger was not attacking Roy, rather he was trying to save his best human friend from a medical emergency by grabbing him by the neck and pulling him backstage to safety.

*9-10pm, ET/PT Monday (Labor Day) September 7, Siegfried & Roy, part 2 Dangerous Illusion:

LOGLINE: Roy tries to recover from severe wounds inflicted by his beloved tiger Mantacore, but the team’s excuses for the animal’s behavior lose credibility upon further investigation.

SYNOPSIS: One of Siegfried and Roy’s former employees, a tiger trainer called Chris Lawrence, went public disputing their version of events on the night of October 3rd, 2003 when Mantacore, an adult white tiger, bit Roy Horn’s neck and dragged him backstage. Investigating his claims led How it Really Happened to interview two others who had been attacked by the duo’s big cats, a former child acrobat named Sean Stanek and an employee named Charles Flannery. These attacks received very little public attention, were the stories purposely buried? Eye-witnesses, award-winning reporters and big cat experts also questioned whether the story about Mantacore saving Roy’s life was just another illusion presented by the magicians. Did Roy do something out of the usual on stage that fateful night? Was the truth covered up with the help of powerful allies? Did the wealth and fame of Siegfried and Roy’s act allow them to present an alternative version of events? How It Really Happened investigates long-buried secrets and Siegfried and Roy’s limitations over the mastery of wild animals.

Sunday, September 13, Boston Marathon (two hours)

9-10 pm, ET/PT Boston Marathon, Part 1, Reconstructing the Crime Scene:

LOGLINE: On April 15th, 2013, two bombs explode during the iconic Boston Marathon, killing three spectators and injuring hundreds of others. In a race against time, investigators, using state of the art technology, circulate images to the public of the two suspects dubbed “black hat” and “white hat.”

SYNOPSIS: April 15th, 2013, people from all over the world gathered to watch the annual running of the iconic Boston Marathon. But at 2:49pm two pressure cookers packed with explosives went off near the finish line. With three killed, and hundreds injured- everyone wanted to know: who would do this? Was it one person? Was it a group? Was an international terrorist organization behind it? Federal and local investigators jumped into action- joining forces to try to find who was responsible. Taking on the biggest crime scene Boston had ever seen, with the help of the public, and state of the art technology, authorities were able to identify two suspects simply known as “White Hat” and “Black Hat.” Through the voices of investigators, reporters, and survivors, this 2-hour special episode of How It Really Happened, makes use of rare footage of the events of that day to recount the horrific Boston Marathon bombings that rocked the city… and the country.

10-11 pm, ET/PT Boston Marathon, Part 2, The Manhunt:

LOGLINE: With the Boston Bombing suspects identified as domestic terrorist brothers, the manhunt begins, a terrifying crime spree ensues, and new information sheds light on the heinous crime.

SYNOPSIS: Four days following the Boston Marathon bombings, investigators had identified two suspects from surveillance video and photos: “Black Hat” and “White Hat.” But unable to identify them- they call in the public’s help- unknowingly unleashing these terrorists who decide to go on a murderous rampage. Part two of this extraordinary, How It Really Happened, follows the incredible 48 hours during which the Marathon bombers go on a terrifying crime spree across Boston. A police officer murdered, a civilian kidnapped, and an entire city on lockdown- all leading to an unbelievable showdown with local and federal authorities in Watertown, Massachusetts. But why and how did these brothers become killers? And could new information link one of them to a triple homicide just two years before? Tune in for this unbelievable look back at the aftermath of the Boston bombings- and a city seeking justice.

September 20 Tom Petty, Mysterious Ending (one hour)

9-10 pm, ET/PT

LOGLINE: News of the sudden passing of celebrated rock musician Tom Petty shocked fans worldwide, but a deeper look into the music legend’s life reveals physical and emotional afflictions that may have led to his death at age 66.

SYNOPSIS: Tom Petty was an American Music icon. His brand of classic rock & roll with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers spoke to millions around the world for more than four decades. Songs like “American Girl,” and “Breakdown,” are soundtracks to their lives. Tom Petty was a superstar, but he was afflicted with the very human traumas of childhood abuse, depression, divorce, and addiction. In 2017, he embarked on a 40th anniversary tour that lasted six months. One week after his triumphant final show he is found unconscious in his home. And a day later he is dead.

Sunday, September 27 (season five finale) James Jordan, Vanished (one hour)

9-10 pm ET/PT

LOGLINE: Who would want to murder the father of beloved superstar Michael Jordan? When in 1993, James Raymond Jordan Sr. goes missing and his luxury car is found stripped and abandoned in North Carolina, clues point to a tragic crime.

SYNOPSIS: James Jordan was a hugely positive influence in Michael Jordan’s North Carolina childhood, and also, at his famous son’s side for every spectacular dunk as a seasoned pro. Michael’s loving dad was his number one fan, advisor, protector and business partner. But just when MJ soared the highest over the 1993 basketball universe, the man he called “Pops,” suddenly disappeared. James Jordan missed telephone calls, airline flights, even his 57th birthday. No one knew where he was. Then his luxury car was found stripped and abandoned. An immediate criminal investigation was launched. Who had been joyriding around North Carolina in James Jordan’s car? Who had been making those calls on his phone? Who was caught on videotape wearing Mr. Jordan’s Chicago Bulls championship jewelry? And what in the world happened to James Raymond Jordan? The manhunt is on to solve the infamous North Carolina story behind, “Killing Mr. Jordan.”

About HLN Original Series

Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, CNN Worldwide, oversees CNN Original Series and HLN Original Series. Nancy Duffy, senior vice president of program development for CNN, supervises production of internally produced HLN Original Series.



Donnie Wahlberg Hosted Series, “Very Scary People” Returns to HLN





Donnie Wahlberg Hosted Series, “Very Scary People” Returns to HLN , July 12, 9 pm ET/PT
The second season features six two-hour episodes which looks at the lives and crimes that have captivated and terrorized the nation.
[via press release from HLN]
Donnie Wahlberg Hosted Series, “Very Scary People” Returns to HLN , July 12, 9 pm ET/PT

Los Angeles (June 25, 2020) – Second season of the HLN Original Series Very Scary People returns to HLN on July 12 at 9 pm ET/PT. The popular show, hosted by actor and musician Donnie Wahlberg, details many of history’s scariest and most notorious characters , through captivating news footage and interviews with people close to the case. The second season features six two-hour episodes which looks at the lives and crimes that have captivated and terrorized the nation.

Very Scary People is an HLN Original Series and part of the network’s internally developed programming dedicated to true crime, mysteries, and investigations. Nancy Duffy, Senior Vice President of Program Development for CNN, is the Executive Producer of the series. Donnie Wahlberg currently stars on the hit CBS drama “Blue Bloods,” and still tours with his band New Kids on the Block.

Very Scary People will also stream live for subscribers via CNNgo (at CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV, and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Episodes of Very Scary People will be available on demand the day after their broadcast premiere via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps.

Following are airdates and episode descriptions for season two of Very Scary People:

Son of Sam: The Duke of Death (July 12)

He is among the most infamous serial killers in American history. From 1976 to 1977, David Berkowitz terrorized New York City under his creepy self-given moniker: “Son of Sam.” Using a large caliber .44 revolver, he unleashed eight horrific shootings across three different boroughs, wounding seven people and killing six. Despite an extraordinary investigation, and hundreds of NYPD officers working the case, Berkowitz’s crime spree lasted over a year. How did he get away with it for so long? Did the investigators miss any vital clues? The detectives who worked the case tell the true tale of what it was like in New York City with a gun-toting murderer on the loose. The episode features interviews with detectives and psychologists about what he said after his arrest, why he did it, and how this quiet, soft spoken 24-year old post office employee from Yonkers turned into a serial killing monster.

BTK: Bind, Torture, Kill (July 19)

In January 1974, four members of a family are brutally tortured and murdered in Wichita, Kansas. The murders shock the safe midwestern city, but little do they know, it is just the beginning. The killer calls himself “B.T.K.” which stands for Bind, Torture, Kill; and for decades this bloodthirsty serial killer terrifies Wichita as he murders again and again and again. After multiple killings from 1974 to 1991, he goes quiet; but he resurfaces in 2004, and residents of the midwestern city are once again petrified. For months he plays a cat and mouse game with law enforcement and the media taunting them as he seeks the attention he craves. But when he finally makes a mistake and is apprehended, it is chilling to discover that he has been hiding in plain sight for years.

The Night Stalker: Summer of Terror (July 26)

The Summer of 1985 was one of the hottest the city of Los Angeles had seen in a century, but terrified residents were not sleeping with the windows open, they weren’t sleeping at all. A killer was on the loose. And although the 1980s were considered the decade of the serial killer, one man stood out. He was the night stalker, and his crimes were vicious, random, and committed in the name of Satan. His victims ranged from toddlers to the elderly; and as the city was paralyzed with fear, he went unchecked as police struggled to stop him. In 1985, the L.A.P.D. gets a tip. Twenty-four hours later, a mob of angry citizens track him down and capture him, and his trial is a bizarre chapter that has some wondering if the Night Stalker will escape justice.

The Co-ed Killer: The Murder Capital of the World (August 2)

Santa Cruz, California was a mecca for the hippie generation in the early 1970s, a beachside paradise, until female students began to go missing, with their body parts showing up around town. Police had no leads on who was committing these horrific crimes, but they soon realize that all the victims had something in common: they were last seen hitchhiking. A frantic public, desperate for answers, live in terror, waiting for the man they dubbed “The Coed Killer” to strike again. But no one could have expected that the person responsible, a local man, Edmund Kemper, was living among them, hiding in plain sight. Kemper was a man with a dark history and a tortured childhood, a man who had killed years before and had now set his twisted sights on young women. Told through interview footage with Kemper himself, as well as those who lived through this crippling period, this episode takes viewers back to the time when The Coed Killer brought terror to Santa Cruz.

Robert Durst: World’s Worst Fugitive (August 9)

The unbelievable story of Robert Durst, the millionaire heir to a vast real estate fortune who has been living under a cloud of suspicion for decades. Durst’s first wife went missing in 1982, but the case went cold when there were no leads – and no body. Then, 18 years later, just as the investigation into her disappearance was re-opened, Durst’s best friend and confidante, Susan Berman, was shot dead inside her home. Less than a year later, while Durst was hiding out in Galveston, Texas, his neighbor’s dismembered body was found floating in Galveston Bay. Durst was quickly charged with his murder and after jumping bail and going on the run for six weeks, he returned to Texas to stand trial. Durst admitted he killed his neighbor and chopped up his body, but said it happened accidentally, in self-defense. The jury acquitted him of murder. Durst, who pled not guilty, stands trial in Los Angeles for the murder of Susan Berman. Prosecutors say he killed her because he was afraid she would reveal what she knew about his wife’s disappearance.

Dr. Death: A License to Kill (August 16)

For nearly two decades, Michael Swango, a physician-turned-murderer, left a trail of death and mayhem across two continents. Suspicious illnesses and deaths followed this once-trusted doctor from hospital to hospital for nearly two decades, picking off unsuspecting coworkers and helpless patients. What would make a well-respected doctor become one of the most prolific serial killers in the U.S.? Hear from the local and federal authorities who brought his reign of terror to an end. Interviews include survivors from Michael Swango’s poisoning sprees, his former colleagues, families of his victims, federal and local investigators, and a Zimbabwean journalist who helped uncover a series of murders in a rural African hospital.

About HLN Original Series

Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, CNN Worldwide, oversees CNN Original Series and HLN Original Series. Nancy Duffy, senior vice president of program development for CNN, supervises production of internally produced HLN Original Series.



CNN and HLN Announce 2020/2021 Original Series Slate





CNN and HLN Announce 2020/2021 Original Series Slate
Emmy Award-winning series “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell” will return for its fifth season this summer and the seventh season of “This is Life with Lisa Ling” will return this fall, with new seasons of both series airing in 2021.
[via press release from CNN]
CNN and HLN Announce 2020/2021 Original Series Slate

NEW YORK – June 24, 2020 – CNN and HLN revealed today their Original Series slate for 2020 and 2021 as part of WarnerMedia’s ongoing efforts to communicate powerful and flexible ad solutions for advertising partners.

Adding to the brand’s successful portfolio of premium nonfiction content, CNN will debut two new Original Series for 2020, The Story of Late Night (previously announced) and First Ladies (previously announced), and seven new Original Series for 2021, including Searching for Italy with Stanley Tucci (previously announced), Lincoln: An American President (wt), Diana (wt), History of Sitcom, Jerusalem (wt), Reframed: The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe (wt), and The Woman Who Took Down the KKK. In addition, the Emmy Award-winning series, United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, will return for its fifth season this summer and the seventh season of This is Life with Lisa Ling will return this fall, with new seasons of both series airing in 2021.

The 2020/2021 CNN Original Series include:

2020

The Story of Late Night (summer) -The Story of Late Night, produced by Cream Productions, is an eight-part series premiering this summer, that takes viewers on a journey back in time through present day of late-night television’s most memorable moments. Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Chelsea Handler, Trevor Noah, Conan O’Brien, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Whoopi Goldberg, George Lopez, along with many other industry insiders, give first-hand, behind-the-scenes accounts of a beloved art form that changed the face of television forever.

United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell (summer) – United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, produced by Zero Point Zero (Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown), is an eight-part, multiple Emmy Award-winning series that follows sociopolitical comedian W. Kamau Bell as he explores communities across the country to understand the unique challenges they face. The fifth season premieres this summer and explores topical issues including reparations, white supremacy, the gig economy, and the homeless crisis.

First Ladies (fall)- First Ladiesis a six-part docuseries, produced by October Films, that explores the lives of America’s most iconic First Ladies, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Michelle Obama. The series explores how each First Lady was transformed by their years in the White House, and how they left their mark on American political life and society. Series premieres this fall.

This is Life with Lisa Ling (fall) – This is Life with Lisa Ling, produced by Part2, is an eight-part investigative docuseries in which award-winning journalist and author Lisa Ling travels across America immersing herself in communities that are often unknown or misunderstood. The seventh season premieres this fall and explores topics including mass shooting, psychedelic therapy, and gender norms.

2021

Searching for Italy with Stanley Tucci – Searching for Italy with Stanley Tucci, produced by Raw TV, is a four-part series that takes Academy Award nominee, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Stanley Tucci, on a deeply personal journey throughout Italy to sample the culture and cuisine of his ancestors. Tucci travels to incredible food markets and backstreet trattorias to discover the secrets and gastronomic delights of the country that he loves.

Lincoln: An American President (wt) – Lincoln: An American President (wt), produced by Glass Entertainment, is a six-part series that explores the remarkable and unexpected story of Abraham Lincoln, delving into his complicated inner-world, tragic personal life and history making political career.

Diana (wt) – Diana (wt), produced by October Films, is a six-part series that reveals how Diana, in just 36 years of life, influenced the entire world. The series delves into the story of how this fashion icon, humanitarian, hopeless romantic, aristocratic rebel and dedicated mother, rejected the status quo and heralded a paradigm shift for women and womanhood.

History of Sitcom – History of Sitcom, produced by Cream Productions, is an eight-part series that explores the most memorable moments and characters in television history, and the way sitcoms inform and reflect our social, cultural and political landscape.

Jerusalem (wt) – Jerusalem (wt), produced by Blackfin, is a six-part series that tells the story of the most controversial city in history through six epic conflicts and rivalries that defined it. Spanning from Biblical times to the Roman Empire to the birth of the modern State, this series will bring the “City of God” to life as never done before.

Reframed: The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe (wt) – Reframed: The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe (wt), produced by Raw TV, is a four-part series that explores from a modern perspective the life and legacy of Marilyn Monroe and to uncover the real story of this infamous woman.

The Woman Who Took Down The KKK (wt) – The Woman Who Took Down The KKK (wt), produced by Blumhouse, is a four-part series that tells the unflinching, untold true story of a Black woman in the South who brought down the Ku Klux Klan.

United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell season 6 and This is Life with Lisa Ling season 8

HLN, CNN’s sister network dedicated to true crime, mysteries and investigations, will add to its popular programming lineup new seasons of Very Scary People, How it Really Happened with Hill Harper, Lies, Crimes & Video, Real Life Nightmare, Forensic Files II, Vengeance and Murder Nation (wt).

The 2020/2021 HLN Original Series include:

2020

Very Scary People – Actor, singer, producer Donnie Wahlberg hosts this six-part HLN Original Series that chronicles the twisted lives of some of the most frightening, intriguing, and diabolical characters in recent history. Each episode traces the killers’ path to evil, exposes their ability to hide in plain sight, and celebrates their ultimate capture by skilled and determined investigators. Season two episodes feature Son of Sam, Robert Durst and the BTK Killer.

How It Really Happened with Hill Harper – Hosted by critically acclaimed actor Hill Harper, the six-part HLN Original Series delves deeply into some of the most notorious crimes, mysteries and celebrity tragedies of our time. Stories for the fifth season include: the Atlanta Child Murders, the shocking Siegfried & Roy tiger attack, and the final days of rock star Tom Petty.

Lies, Crimes & Video – This crime & investigation series, produced by HLN Investigations, gives viewers an intimate look into terrifying 911 calls, police interrogations, jail house recordings, body camera and surveillance video captured as part of a criminal investigation. The six-part series (season two) features riveting stories that incorporate video evidence in criminal cases and shocking courtroom testimony. The lies, deceit and bad behavior are all caught on camera and presented in this candid true crime docuseries.

Real Life Nightmare – This true crime docuseries, produced by HLN Investigations, offers heart-wrenching, personal mysteries and unexplained deaths that continue to baffle investigators and horrify those left behind. This six-part series (season two) unravels the newest evidence and compels viewers to hunt for answers with a call to action as police continue to seek the public’s help.

2021

Forensic Files II – Long considered the gold standard of crime docuseries, Forensic Files returns with 16 new mysteries, produced by CNN Development for HLN under the guidance of executive producer Nancy Duffy. Forensic Files II features the amazing work of scientists and investigators who use cutting edge forensics to crack the most baffling criminal cases. Acclaimed film, stage and television actor Bill Camp (Dark Waters, Joker, The Night Of) is the narrator.

Vengeance: Killer Families – The fourth installment of the HLN Original Series, Vengeance, returns with a 10-episode run of Vengeance: Killer Families. Home is supposed to be where the heart is, but sometimes family dynamics can turn deadly. And those who should be trusted the most turn out to be cold-blooded killers. Each one-hour episode takes viewers through the twists and turns of the investigation, the arrest, and the quest for justice. Vengeance: Killer Families is produced for HLN by Jupiter Entertainment.

Murder Nation(wt) – Each four-episode season of Murder Nation (wt) will showcase mysterious and iconic murder cases from specific cities and locations around America, killings intrinsically tethered to their setting. From Beverly Kills, Hollywood’s most shocking murders, to Bad, Bad Bayou, rural Louisiana’s swampiest cases, or Evil in Alaska, where man’s animal nature comes to the surface, each of these unique murders couldn’t have happened anywhere else. The series is produced for HLN by Glass Entertainment.

About CNN Original Series

The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions and in-house production. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide. Lyle Gamm, senior vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series. Since 2012, the CNN Original Series group has produced more than 40 series, including the multiple Emmy Award-winning Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, and critically-acclaimed series including This is Life with Lisa Ling, the “Decades” series, American Dynasties: The Kennedys, The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty, The History of Comedy, and many others.

About HLN Original Series

Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, CNN Worldwide, oversees CNN Original Series and HLN Original Series. Nancy Duffy, senior vice president of program development for CNN, supervises production of internally produced HLN Original Series.



“Forensic Files II”, HLN’s Highest Rated Original Series Ever, Is Renewed for Two Seasons





“Forensic Files II”, HLN’s Highest Rated Original Series Ever, Is Renewed for Two Seasons with 32 Episodes
The next season will begin airing in 2021, with esteemed actor Bill Camp serving as narrator.
[via press release from HLN]
“Forensic Files II”, HLN’s Highest Rated Original Series Ever, is Renewed for Two Seasons with 32 Episodes

May 12, 2020 Forensic Files II, the highly successful reboot of one of the most popular crime and investigations docu-series in history, is renewed for second and third seasons with16 half-hour episodes in each, it was announced by Ken Jautz, executive vice president, CNN.

Produced by CNN Program Development and airing exclusively on HLN, the next season of Forensic Files II will begin airing in 2021, with esteemed actor Bill Camp (The Outsider, The Night Of, Joker) serving as narrator.

HLN, which has exclusive cable rights to the original Forensic Files, was granted additional rights to produce the new series by its creator Paul Dowling and his production company Medstar Television.

Under the guidance of executive producer Nancy Duffy, Forensic Files IIlaunched on February 23, 2020 and picked up where the long-running original left off in 2011, staying true to the original format, content and continuity, but using advancements in investigative technology and production.

“We are thrilled to continue our association with what is still the most iconic brand in the genre,” said Jautz. “Thanks to the skill and creativity of Nancy Duffy and her team, Forensic Files II exceeded expectations and was an unequivocal hit among viewers. And we of course have Paul Dowling to thank for trusting us with his exceptional creation,” he added.

“Our goal was to continue the Forensic Files legacy, telling new stories about how science and advanced forensic techniques are used to crack the most difficult cases… .and the loyal Forensic Files fan base responded enthusiastically,” said Duffy. “I second Ken by offering gratitude to Paul who provided guidance as we rebooted the series,” she added.

Forensic Files II is HLN’s top original series to date and delivered its time best time period performance in 20 years (Sundays, 10-11pm). The series was also #1 in cable news and among true crime networks (ID, A&E and Oxygen) In its time period.

Exclusive international distribution of Forensic Files II is through GARYLICO.TV, gary@garylico.tv Channels committed include RTL, Foxtel, AMC International and Atresmedia.

About HLN Original Series

Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, CNN Worldwide, oversees CNN Original Series and HLN Original Series. Nancy Duffy, senior vice president of program development for CNN, supervises production of internally produced HLN Original Series.

About HLN

HLN (www.CNN.com/HLN) features live coverage of national, regional, lifestyle, and entertainment stories in a fast-paced approachable tone with expert-led hosts. The network also presents original and acquired series focusing on true crime, mysteries and investigations. HLN is a CNN Worldwide network reaching more than 90 million households in the U.S. CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner, a WarnerMedia Company, is the most trusted source for news and information.