As more networks look into developing true-crime series for their networks, a new series is in development on Reelz with tabloid magazine The National Enquirer working on the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
That’s right, the tabloid you see at the grocery store declaring some out-of-this-world story is venturing into the true-crime genre.
The new series, National Enquirer Investigates, will premiere on May 28 at 9 p.m., with each hour long episode focusing on a different case. The first episode will look at the death of Marilyn Monroe and will present new evidence in the case.
Other topics the show will look into include the death of Natalie Wood, Elvis Pressley’s death, the deaths of Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina, the story Charlie Sheen’s HIV announcement and everyone’s favorite true-crime subject, O.J. Simpson and the death of Nicole Brown Simpson.
The show is bringing in Harvey and Bob Weinstein as executive producers and Jupiter Entertainment, who is leading the way in the true-crime series production. Dylan Howard, the editor-in-chief of The National Enquirer, will be the chief content officer.
“National Enquirer Investigates will directly leverage the world-class reporting of The National Enquirer, its editors and journalists to reveal compelling new investigations into extraordinary Hollywood scandals and mysteries. Our partnership with Reelz underscores how National Enquirer has never been more relevant than it is today. Bringing this iconic brand, and the trust and influence of our reporting to life with National Enquirer Investigates will show why The Enquirer has been one of the most influential media brands for more than 90 years and continues to prove that we are willing to chase down and uncover the stories that others shy away from,” Howard said in a statement.
Reelz’s Senior Vice President of Programming Steve Cheskin said “We’re thrilled to have exclusive access to the investigative expertise and reporting experience of American Media and The National Enquirer to feed our viewers’ appetites for the real stories of celebrities.”
The National Enquirer was founded in 1926 and is headquartered in New York City. The tabloid openly says they pay their sources for information, which is atypical of magazines and newspapers. The tabloid tells of scandals involving celebrities of Hollywood and New York. The tabloid has also been involved in a number of lawsuits from celebrities who say their reputations have been harmed from what has been published about them.
The true-crime genre has grown over the past year, possibly due to the success of FX’s The People vs. O.J. Simpson. After the show concluded its first season, NBC and CBS announced their own true-crime shows.