Ladies, Gents, Murderinos everywhere, have I got news for you. This past February, the book I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer was released, chronicling the murders and rapes of the Golden State Killer, as he was coined by the late writer of the book, Michelle McNamara.
McNamara had spent years of her life researching and pouring over the killings and crimes of the GSK, hoping to find him and see him arrested in her lifetime. Although she passed away suddenly in 2016, halfway through writing her book, her research partners and friends Paul Haynes and Billy Jensen, along with her widower Patton Oswalt finished her book by the guidance of her research. Then just two months after the release of the book, the Golden State Killer was found by DNA evidence and was arrested.
As soon as the book was released, HBO bought the rights and their production company HBO Documentary Films will be producing a documentary series based on the true crime story. Academy Award nominee (What Happened, Miss Simone?; The Farm: Angola, USA), and Emmy winner (What Happened, Miss Simone?; Ghosts of Abu Ghraib) Liz Garbus will be directing the mini-series, and Patton Oswalt will be executive producing.
We don't have any information yet on casting, or how many seasons or episodes we will get as this is all very early in the process, but we do know we will get the series next year, and I am so excited! Details to come.
Here's the description of the book:
For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.
Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer." Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classic—one which fulfilled Michelle's dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.
Bravo TV has brought us our first look at the limited series Dirty John. I am super excited for this. I listened to the podcast of the same name a few months ago, and it was so crazy! It tells the true story of Debra Newell, who will be played by the incredible Connie Britton, a self-made Orange County interior designer, and her rocky relationship with the charming and sociopathic John Meehan, who will be played by Eric Bana.
Dirty John comes from Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard. "It centers on John Meehan (Bana), a handsome and romantic charmer who sweeps Debra Newell (Britton) off her feet and pulls her into his web of lies. The series chronicles the true story of how a romance with Meehan spiraled into secrets, denial and manipulation."
I don't want to give too much of the story away, because it is such a crazy, twisted tale. But it's definitely on my list of shows I'm super excited about. I think the casting is amazing, and even though we don't get to see Britton and Bana in the teaser, it still has me really excited for the release of season one.
If you're into podcasts, add Dirty John to your list. If you don't want spoilers, just tune in for the series later this year.
The Hollywood Reporter brought us the good news this week that Cash Cab has been picked up by the Discovery Channel and will be back on our screens this July! This is such great news, as Cash Cab is such a fun and original show. Ben Bailey returns as the show host, who drives around the streets of New York City, as a mini-van Taxi cab driver, picking up pedestrians looking for a ride. When they hop in and state their destination, a fun blast of music starts to play, along with flashing lights, and Bailey exclaims that they are on the show Cash Cab! They are given trivia questions worth escalating amounts, which they have to answer before the time is up. If they answer three questions incorrectly, their ride is up and they must get out (at least they got that far for free!), but if they get to their destination with two or less questions wrong, they get to keep the money they've won! And they even get to go for double or nothing in the final bonus round if they so choose. There are shoutouts they can use which include a street shoutout- asking a random person on the street for help, and the mobile shoutout- calling a friend or relative on your phone to ask for the answer.
The first episode will coincide with Discovery Channel's Shark Week, and its first episode will have a Shark Week theme. I love this show and have always dreamed of stepping into the cash cab one day when I visit New York! I'm so glad it's back! Any other Cash Cab fans out there?!
THR recently interviewed star of Karate Kid and Cobra Kai series, Ralph Macchio, as well as executive producer Jon Hurwitz about their new series and how they planned on including Pat Morita's iconic character Mr. Miyagi. Morita was the teacher and star alongside Macchio in the original trilogy, but sadly passed away in 2005, at the age of 73.
Macchio told THR at the Tuesday Night Premiere of Cobra Kai at New York's Tribeca Film Festival that, "We're not here without Pat Morita's performance in that film. The heart and soul of the Karate Kid universe are the teachings of Mr. Miyagi." He mentions that Mr. Miyagi's name will be used throughout the series, and there will be many reminders of him.
Executive producer, Jon Hurwitz, also went on to explain that they will also be using some footage from the original series that has never been seen before. That is incredibly exciting news! I have been a fan of the Karate Kid movies since I was a kid, and I am really excited for this new installment.
Cobra Kai will be available for streaming on YouTube Red starting May 2nd! Are you guys excited?
Hulu has cleaned house, and it's series The Path has not made the cut. The series was about a family in a religious cult-movement, that some have compared to a hippy commune/Scientology sect.
We followed the characters through crises of their faith, disruption of their relationships, legal and moral battles, and crazy life-changing moments. We just started watching this year, so we weren't caught up yet, but we had really enjoyed what we watched. Creator Jessica Goldberg had this to say in a statement:
"While it's sad that The Path is ending, I'm brimming with gratitude and pride. It was a gift to be able to tell challenging and emotional stories for three seasons in this very strange and unique world. The caliber of talent and passion everyone who worked on this show brought — from my partners Jason Katims and Michelle Lee, the execs at Hulu, the writers, actors, directors, designers and crew — was something to behold, and for which I'm very thankful. Thanks Hulu and Universal Television for taking a shot on this show, it was a life-changing experience."
Apparently, the series ended on a cliffhanger! I hate it when shows do that. I wish that they'd at least wrap things up for the fans out there who had gotten invested. Super bummer, but I will remember this show as being great while it lasted, and as some of the greatest performances from its actors. The show starred Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan, and Hugh Dancy.
Did you watch The Path and are you bummed out that it was canceled?
Deadline offered us some bummer news yesterday. HBO has canceled their series Here and Now after just it's first season. The show was a family drama, sprinkled with dark humor, about a couple, their three adopted adult children, and their biological teen-aged daughter. It dealt with mental illness, racial tension, diversity, religion, familial relations, and so much more.
It was a show that my husband, Billy, and I were super into! We got other people to watch it too, and every episode was a major topic of conversation. The viewer numbers just weren't high enough to sustain it. But I kind of blame marketing, as we had never heard anything about the show until I just happened to be browsing through HBO, setting up Barry to record, I believe (another great show on right now, that they better not cancel!), and I stumbled upon Here and Now and we gave it a shot.
The cast was solid, including Tim Robbins,Holly Hunter, and honestly a completely compelling set of lesser-known actors. The story was great. It's just such a bummer it had to end. And on a cliffhanger! Maybe if we write to HBO, we could make a difference? Or hope it gets picked up by another network? What do you guys think? Who else is bummed, and ready to make a fuss?
The whirlwind that has been the FX hit show, The Americans, is now winding down to deliver us it's final season. This is definitely in my top 10 favorite shows, and it's been such a wild ride! If you haven't been watching (which you totally should), here's a rundown:
Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, played by the incredible Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, are a couple of undercover Soviet spies in the Reagan-era, cold war. They live in Washington D.C. with their two kids, and have cover jobs at a travel agency. At night, they become whoever they need to be to get the info they need. To top it off, their new neighbor, played by Noah Emmerich, moves in and is an FBI agent, who they befriend, adding to the complicated web they weave. It's an incredible, edge of your seat show that gives you the perspective of the "other side", and makes you question who you are really rooting for.
I'm sad to see this show go, but I know they are finishing out their story strong, and aren't going to be the type of show to keep going just because they can. They have an end in sight, and I'm sure they'll do the characters and story justice. Tvline.com reports that the final season will jump ahead three years and give us a deeper look at the relationship between Elizabeth and Paige's characters, and the progress that Paige has made since season five. I'm sure we will also get the final word on if Philip and Elizabeth stay in the States or head back to the motherland, whether or not they get caught, what happens to Stan, and so much more. I can't wait!
We don't have a date yet, but we know it's in 2018, and The American's usually comes to us early in the year. So keep an eye out and catch