NEW YORK, NY — SundanceTV’s newest true crime documentary, ‘Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle,’ which aired as a two-night special programming event on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18, delivered 527,000 total viewers in Nielsen L+3 ratings for the first installment and grew its audience for the second installment to 529,000.
Beginning last year with “Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders,” SundanceTV is continuing its exploration of true crime by partnering with award-winning talent on new multiple series from top tier talent behind the camera, that examine an infamous crime and the lasting effect of these stories on the victims, American society and popular culture.
Additionally, SundanceTV will premiere additional true crime documentaries including “Ministry Of Evil: The Twisted Cult Of Tony Alamo,” from Emmy Award®-winners Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, and Peacock Productions; “The Preppie Murder: Death In Central Park” (WT) with Emmy® Award- winner
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NCIS star and veteran actor Mark Harmon is setting up his next project with CBS as executive producer of a new series based on John Sanford’s Prey novels.
Harmon will team up with former Shadowhunters showrunner Ed Decter on the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The crime drama’s source material includes over 20 novels, a few of which have reached the No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list.
From plotting her TV return to making political statements.
The series will follow Minneapolis-based homicide detective Lucas Davenport and best friend Elle Krueger — a profiler/psychology professor/nun. Bonded for life after a shared tragedy, the pair work together to uncover their “prey” aka Minnesota’s most dangerous criminals.
Stepping into the executive producer role
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A critical checklist of notable Tuesday TV:
NCIS (8/7c, CBS): One of the more thankless jobs in TV is being asked to replace a beloved cast member of TV’s top-rated procedural. But Diona Reasonover, whose upbeat character of Kasie Hines took over as the team’s forensic specialist after Pauley Perrette’s Abby left at the end of last season, doesn’t seem all that fazed — and is finally going out in the field for the first time, accompanying Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) to process evidence while Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and McGee (Sean Murray) head to Afghanistan. We know Kasie is a brianiac, but now that she’s out of the lab, we’ll find out what gives her the creeps.
Expect to see
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Fresh off the excitement from the arrest of the Golden State Killer last week, co-hosts John Thrasher and Daryn Carp launched the first ever mini epiosde on Martinis Murder, aptly titled “Another Shot.”
The mini episodes are meant to keep fans listening during the week between full epiosdes. “We really wanted to do more episodes of some sort but we didn’t have the time for multiple murders in one week,” John Thrasher says. “Matt can barely handle doing his job on the podcast for one episode. Imagine we ask him to do another. It would be a mess!” Daryn Carp also agreed. “John and I love our fans, and we keep wanting to do more for them,” Daryn says. “Another Shot is our chance to answer the fans directly, have fun and take shots! Plus, Matt was hoping this would be his chance to get to talk more. We quickly
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Disturbed Taylor Swift fans keep coming out of the woods.
A gun-owning man in Beverly Hills whose car was filled with ammunition was arrested Tuesday for allegedly trying to break into the pop star’s mansion — marking the third time this month a man has been arrested for a Swift-related crime.
Julius Sandrock, 38, allegedly tried to break into Swift’s Beverly Hills pad wearing a mask and rubber gloves, according to court papers cited by the New York Daily News. In his car, police found rounds of .380 and 9mm ammunition, along with black and latex gloves, a knife, masks, black rope and an empty box of .22 caliber ammunition. Police rushed to file a firearm restraining order after Sandrock told them he owned a .22, .380 and 9mm handgun.
Police also found “psychologist paperwork” and prescriptions for drugs including oxycodone and the antidepressant fluoxetine, the papers said. Sandrock told cops he
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Investigators are searching for a family whose SUV may have been seen plunging into the Eel River in Southern California on Friday. The California Highway Patrol, Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue and volunteer fire departments have responded to the scene but have been unable to locate the vehicle due to the strong river currents and poor visibility in the area, reports CBS San Francisco.
The Thottappilly family—Sandeep, 42, Soumya 38, Siddhant, 12 and Saachi, 9— were driving from Portland, Oregon in a maroon Honda Pilot to San Jose when they stopped communicating with family in Valencia, California on Thursday. A relative became concerned and contacted San Jose Police Department.
A witness recalled seeing an SUV matching the one belonging to the Thottapilly family flip over into the river. “The next thing I know, it’s on two wheels and I’m going by and it’s flipping over,” the witness told ABC Los Angeles.
“The vehicle was completely
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A little after midnight on Tuesday, there was another blast in Texas, a state which has been recently rattled by package bombs. This time, the explosion occurred at a FedEx facility outside San Antonio, according to CNN.
An employee was hurt after a “single package exploded,” FedEx spokesman Jim McCluskey told CNN. That employee suffered minor injuries. Local police said, through a statement posted on Facebook, that “the explosion came from a package in the sorting area of the facility. One person was treated and released at the scene.”
The package was intended to reach an Austin address and the return address was also from Austin, according to CBS Austin.
The facility where the package detonated is located in Schertz, about an hour away from Austin. Police are now trying to determine if this explosion is connected to the four package bombs that have rocked Austin. In fact, FBI Special Agent Michelle
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A man already charged in the murder of a couple found buried in a shallow grave in September has just been indicted for the murder of another body found buried under a vacant home in Fort Worth, Texas.
On Thursday, a grand jury indicted Hector “Cholo” Acosta, 28, and his alleged accomplice Felipe Eduardo Ortiz, 29, on capital murder charges in connection with the body found under the home, the Star-Telegram reports. That body was Triston Ray Algiene, 34, who had been missing since July. His body was discovered in October, cut in half before being shoved under a repair patch in the vacant home’s foundation.
Just one month before Algiene’s body was found, Acosta was indicted on the capital murder charge of Erick “Diablo” Zelaya and Zelaya’s girlfriend, Iris Chirinos, who was only 17 years old.
The severed head of Zelaya was discovered on a walking trail. Near the head,
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A disturbing video shows a 15-year-old boy backing up into the corner of a McDonald’s bathroom and curling up in a ball on top of a toilet in an attempt to protect himself from the punches of another boy. That video, recorded by another student, has been shared all over Wellington High School in Florida.
“I’m terrified for my kid,” the victim’s mother told WPTV.
In the minute long-clip, the alleged perpetrator, a 17-year-old boy, kicks the bathroom stall open to attack the victim. He then takes his phone only to throw it onto the ground.
“I was furious first of all then I became scared and then it was like disbelief,” the victim’s mother told WPTV. She said her son was followed into the fast food establishment’s bathroom.
According to an NBC affiliate, the victim suffered minor injuries and bruises.
The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office stated that a 17-year-old was arrested in
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More details are emerging from the murder of rapper Chinx. The hip-hop cold case may have been cracked last week when two men were arrested for murder. According to the New York Police Department, the 31-year-old Queens rapper was gunned down while in his car over what’s being described as a six-year prison feud.
Lt. Richard Rudolph, Commanding Officer of the Queens South Homicide Squad, tells XXL that the suspects “hunted” down Chinx (real name Lionel Pickens Jr.). He says that 32-year-old Quincy Homere and 26-year-old Jamar Hill murdered the rising rap star over a feud that took place when Chinx was incarcerated. Chinx and Homere were both at Rikers Island and apparently fought each other on Sept. 27, 2009.
“We’re not exactly sure what the fight was about but our perpetrator Quincy probably got the worst of it and he wanted to get back at Chinx,” Rudolph says. Homere is
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