TCA: ID Announces James Patterson Series, JonBenét Special, more

JonBenét Ramsay Discovery ID special
JonBenét Ramsay

ID Addicts, get ready to feed your obsession. At the Television Critics Association Press Tour, Discovery Networks honcho Henry Schleiff announced a slew of intriguing projects that will debut throughout the rest of 2016 and into 2017 on Investigation Discovery.

Top of the list? A scripted series from wildly popular novelist James Patterson, culled from his new book imprint BookShots — bite-sized thrillers from Patterson and a stable of other authors.

Also on the docket — a fresh look at the JonBenét Ramsay case, a searing examination of the cases of four wrongfully convicted women in San Antonio and an exploration of the current state of police affairs and race relations.

Find your new addiction below.

JonBenét Ramsay: An American Murder Mystery (working title)
Premieres Monday, Sept. 12 at 10/9CT
 ID’s special three-part series produced with Weinstein Company and Jupiter Entertainment showcases newly-revealed evidence, exclusive interviews and archival materials from America Media, Inc.’s extensive media coverage of the case. 

Southwest of Salem on ID
Southwest of Salem airs Oct. 15 on ID

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8/7CT
This award-winning film documents the struggle for exoneration of four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted ofexual assault and indecency against two young girls in San Antonio, TX. In 2012 and 2013, after one of the accusers recanted and the forensic evidence used in the trial was debunked, Elizabeth Ramirez, Anna Vasquez, Kristie Mayhugh and Cassandra Rivera were released from prison — but they are still without freedom. Waging an ongoing fight for their exoneration, Southwest of Salem follows documentarian Deborah S. Esquenazi as she captures the nightmarish persecution and devastating impact on the “San Antonio Four” and their families. The critically acclaimed Southwest of Salem presents an intense and maddening reinvestigation into the bizarre allegations waged against these women during the “Satanic Panic” of the 1980-90s, and examines the disturbing injustices by which they were targeted for their sexual identities.

Black and Blue
Premieres this fall
This one-hour special is an urgent and timely exploration of the current state of police affairs and race relations. As the tragic shootings by and against police continue to drive headlines, Emmy-winning journalist Tony Harris travels the country to reveal how these shootings impact African-American families in their homes and communities across the U.S., while also giving viewers a first-hand look into what it’s like to be a law enforcement officer working to protect our not-so-united municipalities in these troubling times.

james-patterson-bookshots-cross-killJames Patterson series
Premieres 2017
The best-selling creator of the Alex Cross book series will write and executive produce this scripted series around his new book imprint, BookShots, which will debut on ID in 2017.  The series will be based on all-new, ID-branded, true-crime stories written for Patterson’s new line of novella-length stories available for under $5 and 150 pages or less.

What are you looking forward to most, ID Addicts? Tell us in the comments section below.


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