Investigation Discovery Launches 'Southern Fried Homicide,' 14 More New Shows
Investigation Discovery presented its largest-ever slate of original programming on Thursday, announcing 15 new shows, along with the return of 22 series.
Among the new offerings: "Southern Fried Homicide," which promises to deliver "salacious stories from south of the Mason-Dixon Line," where "evil creeps in like vines on a time-worn plantation." "Olympus Has Fallen" actress and Louisiana native Shanna Forrestall will host -- or, rather, as Investigation Discovery puts it "serve as the gatekeeper."
Also of note among the new offerings: "Surviving Evil," which will feature "dramatically and emotional [sic] stories of women who fought back against their attackers and survived against amazing odds." The series will be hosted by "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" alum Charisma Carpenter, who will draw on her experience as an assault survivor.
Carpenter's real-life experience, during which she and a pair of friends were violently attacked by an armed, rogue police officer, will serve as the first story of the series.
As if that's not enough, TV icon Jerry Springer will climb aboard to host the new series "Tabloid," which "peels back the curtain to probe the most bizarre larger-than-life stories you can't possibly imagine."
And don't worry; "On the Case With Paula Zahn," "Redrum" and "Wives With Knives" will be returning for new seasons as well.
Here's the full list of Investigation Discovery's new and returning series:
NEW ORIGINAL SERIES
Featuring dramatically and emotional stories of women who fought back against their attackers and survived against amazing odds, SURVIVING EVIL is hosted by Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel.) Carpenter is the survivor of a real-life incident that she endured more than 20 years ago and the series begins with her story. The actress and two friends were swimming at San Diego's Torrey Pines State Beach in 1991 when they were violently attacked by an armed, rogue police officer. Carpenter fought for her survival after being held at gunpoint, but her two friends were both shot by the attacker and seriously wounded. The police officer was sentenced to 56 years in prison for the attacks in addition to a series of rapes and robberies.
DEADLINE: CRIME WITH TAMRON HALL
Crime investigation, as any homicide detective will testify, is all about speed. Time lost is time wasted, and every minute counts in ID's new original newsmagazine DEADLINE: CRIME WITH TAMRON HALL, produced by NBC News' award-winning Peacock Productions. DEADLINE: CRIME goes beyond the headlines to explore not only what happened, but why it happened, and how it was investigated. Anchoring the series as host is NBC's Tamron Hall, a long-time network journalist with a vested interest in the criminal justice system. Hall knows first-hand the effects of violent crime, as her older sister was a homicide victim in a case that is still officially unsolved.
SOUTHERN FRIED HOMICIDE
Against a backdrop of Southern hospitality, etiquette, and Christian values, evil creeps in like vines on a time-worn plantation. SOUTHERN FRIED HOMICIDE proves that ugliness lurks behind beauty when cracks in good ol' moral values give way to cold-blooded murder. Actress Shanna Forrestall, a native of Louisiana, serves as the gatekeeper to these salacious stories from south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Too old to enjoy their riches, too old to keep dry britches, but not too old to snuff out some b*tches! Prepare to hide under your lap blanket, because ELDER SKELTER tells shocking stories of senior citizens who committed cold, calculated crimes. Did they suffer from dementia, or had they spent a lifetime suppressing their sick fantasies before it all came to a head? After building reputations as model citizens, loving family members, and contributors to society, these oldies but no-longer-goodies cracked in their final years only to spend the rest of their retirement in prison.
Salacious headlines. Surreal true-life stories. Who doesn't scan the supermarket tabloids in the checkout line? Investigation Discovery (ID) introduces TABLOID, a new weekly series guaranteed to satisfy inquiring minds. Hosted by the Emmy Award-winning king of tabloid television, Jerry Springer, TABLOID peels back the curtain to probe the most bizarre larger-than-life stories you can't possibly imagine. Springer, who's no stranger to the sensational, brings more than 20 years of experience working with over-the-top characters to help guide viewers through these outrageous tales -- baring all of the horrific action, twists and turns, and macabre motivations behind eye-catching headlines.