12:45pm PT by Rick Porter
Epix, 'Slow Burn' Creators Reteam for U.S. History Docuseries
Epix and the creators of its Slow Burn docuseries are teaming up for another deep dive into U.S. history.
The premium cable outlet has greenlit Fiasco, a documentary series that will examine pivotal historical events and bring to life the forgotten twists and turns of the past while shedding light on the present moment. Like Slow Burn, it's based on a podcast and comes from host Leon Neyfakh's Prologue Projects and Left/Right (Frontline, The New York Times Presents), a Red Arrow Studios company.
The first season of Fiasco will delve into the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s that involved a secret war in Nicaragua and an arms-for-hostages deal with Iran, and which came close to toppling the presidency of Ronald Reagan.
The TV series is based on Neyfakh's Luminary podcast of the same name. Neyfakh executive produces with Slow Burn co-creator Andrew Parsons of Prologue Projects, Steven Fisher and Left/Right's Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver and John Marks.
Fiasco adds to Epix's growing slate of nonfiction series, which also includes Enslaved, Helter Skelter: An American Myth and music documentaries Laurel Canyon and Punk. The show is also part of a burgeoning podcast-to-TV pipeline that encompasses Slow Burn, CBS All Access' Happy Face, Amazon's Homecoming and the forthcoming Dirty Diana, Bravo/USA's Dirty John and Apple's The Shrink Next Door, among others.