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Television show asks if Sacramento man was unfairly convicted of killing his parents

Even as her nephew was taken away in shackles for the brutal 2008 double murder of his parents, Angela Amundson held out hope the police and district attorney had the wrong person.

Some five years after Matthew Riley was convinced of killing Steven and Linda Riley at their Natomas home, Amundson received new reason for hope in the form of retired homicide detective Chris Anderson and criminal defense attorney Melissa Lewkowicz.

Anderson and Lewkowicz re-investigate closed homicide cases in hopes of helping the wrongly convicted go free or helping their families move on by reaffirming the police’s findings in their show “Reasonable Doubt,” which is in its first season on Investigation Discovery. The episode about the Matthew Riley murder will air at 10 p.m. PST on Wednesday.

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Read more at: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article155766774.html

Unpacking the pleasure of murder television

Book-ended by two heavy-hitting true crime series, The Jinx and Making a Murderer, 2015 (and ’16) saw a lot of journalists grappling with the draw of these programs and true crime as a genre. These documentaries were cinematic, following those accused of crimes but with hazy details that either led to them being imprisoned possibly wrongly (Steven Avery) or free (Robert Durst). There is an ambiguity with these real-life narratives that allows filmmakers to create engaging documentaries that grapple with inconsistencies, problematic ideologies, and injustices. Both series quickly became rulers for filmmakers as more highbrow-aesthetic true crime films are showing up on Netflix and HBO.

Many credit the Sarah Koenig’s Serial podcast with the “resurgence” of the true crime

Read more at: http://thesmartset.com/tv-departed/

ABC and Time Inc.’s PEOPLE Announce Two-Night Television Event on the Life of Princess Diana

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NEW YORK–()–ABC and People announce a four-hour primetime television event on the extraordinary life of Princess Diana. The documentary event, which will air on ABC over two nights in August 2017, marking the 20th anniversary of her tragic passing at age 36, will capture the most comprehensive interviews ever conducted on the woman known as the People’s Princess: in-depth conversations with those who knew her best, as well as the world’s leading Diana experts. These interviews will be woven together with People’s unparalleled reporting, as well as captivating archival footage of the Princess of Wales. The documentary will not only explore the remarkable chapters of Diana’s life, but will also delve deeply into the ways in which her story remains relevant today. This television event will remind the world why they fell in love with Diana in the first place — and will introduce her

Read more at: http://www.satprnews.com/2017/02/13/abc-and-time-inc-s-people-announce-two-night-television-event-on-the-life-of-princess-diana/

Showtime to Present World Television Premiere of Documentary ZERO DAYS, 11/19

Showtime to Present World Television Premiere of Documentary ZERO DAYS, 11/19

On the heels of the Emmy®-nominated LISTEN TO ME MARLON, Showtime adds another critically-acclaimed film to its Showtime Documentary Films roster. The world premiere of ZERO DAYS from prolific Oscar®-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney, is set to premiere on Saturday, November 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. The documentary, which premiered to great acclaim at the Berlin Film Festival, has captured audiences and critics’ attention during its theatrical run for its harrowing depiction of cyber warfare and its global implications.

Written and directed by Alex Gibney (Academy Award®-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief), ZERO DAYS is a documentary thriller about warfare in a world without rules – the world of cyber war. The film tells the story of Stuxnet, a self-replicating computer malware that

Read more at: http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Showtime-to-Present-World-Television-Premiere-of-Documentary-ZERO-DAYS-1119-20160812

Television|In ‘Guns on Campus,’ Tamron Hall Examines a Polarizing Issue

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Investigation Discovery’s lineup is heavy on true crime served sensationally (“Wives With Knives,” “Deadly Affairs”), but the journalist Tamron Hall sometimes brings more serious programming to the channel, as she does on Sunday, Aug. 7, with “Guns on Campus: Tamron Hall Investigates.” The program examines the debate over whether college students licensed to carry firearms should be allowed to bring them into class, but its jumping-off point is an attack 50 years ago at the University of Texas at Austin. Charles Whitman, after killing his wife and his mother at their homes, went to the school’s signature tower and killed 14 more people, three inside and the rest sniper-style from the top of the structure. One of the men who helped end his rampage was an armed civilian,

Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/07/arts/television/in-guns-on-campus-tamron-hall-examines-a-polarizing-issue.html