Investigation Discovery Orders First Scripted Program 'Serial Thriller' (Exclusive)

Serial Thriller - H 2015
Brendan Corr

Investigation Discovery is getting into the scripted game.

The Discovery Communications-owned cable channel is releasing Serial Thriller, a ripped-from-the-headlines miniseries looking at a community terrorized by serial killer. The three-episode, hourlong series delves into untold stories of the residents and victims, as well as the detectives investigating the killer as they attempt to catch him before he strikes again.

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Based on a real serial killer, the miniseries is slated for a summer 2015 premiere.

Investigation Discovery is not revealing the name of the serial killer portrayed in the series, but expects that viewers may be able to figure it out before the onscreen detectives do as they watch. Henry Schleiff, group president at Discovery, says the killer is among the most notorious in U.S. history, not only because of the number of people he killed, but also "the number of times he escaped from prison."

"It is quite the opposite of the first season of The Killing. We're going to identify the killer by the end of the three hours," Schleiff tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I would also analogize it to HBO's True Detective. In the regard that the police detective in our story is a very, very central character."

Investigation Discovery, which is known for its documentary style programming revolving around true crime stories, is planning two additional three-hour scripted miniseries, with the first of those expected to premiere in January 2016.

Serial Thriller is produced for Investigation Discovery by October Films, which will produce the other scripted miniseries, and comes from writer-director Jamie Crawford. Executive producers include October Films' Steve Murphy, Lindsay Shapero and Matt Robins, as well as Investigation Discovery's Eugenie Vink

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