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Oxygen’s Murder for Hire Serves Up Compelling True Crime Without the Unsavory Aftertaste

One read-through of Oxygen’s current programming immediately gives the uninitiated a feel for the network. Titles like Buried in the Backyard, Killer Affair, and Snapped: Killer Couples aren’t exactly nuanced, and neither is their respective content. On any of these Oxygen shows, the first five minutes typically involve a reenactment of an unsuspecting hunter, fisherman, or hiker who stumbles upon a dead body. Next, an actual detective who responded to the scene that day usually recalls to cameras how he noticed “the unmistakable scent of death” upon arrival. It can be very formulaic, with the exception of one show that was added to Oxygen’s lineup this year: Murder for Hire, which breathes some new life into a channel mostly about dead people.

Created by Dick Wolf of Law Order fame, Murder for Hire is, like

Read more at: https://www.tvguide.com/news/oxygen-murder-for-hire/

Homicide for the holidays? Luna Stage serves up killer new musical

The phrase “holiday entertainment” usually conjures up thoughts of singing elves or dancing Rockettes.

Tell that to West Orange’s Luna Stage, which instead has on its docket an intimate, psychological musical about two murderers. “Thrill Me: The Leopold Loeb Story” is based on the same real-life story that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rope” and the Sandra Bullock thriller “Murder by Numbers.” Unlike most holiday shows, this one definitely does not end with a warm-and-fuzzy volley of Christmas carols.

“We didn’t have an original holiday piece this year,” says Cheryl Katz, artistic director at Luna Stage. “So I wanted to give our audience something different, something outside of the realm of what we normally produce.”

“I would say it’s ‘alternative programming,'” adds the show’s creator, Stephen Dolginoff, laughing.

First staged off-Broadway in 2005, “Thrill Me” is a two-person musical about the purported “crime of the century” in 1924, in

Read more at: http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2015/11/homicide_for_the_holidays_luna_stage_serves_up_chi.html