11:06am PT by Kate Stanhope
'National Enquirer' Series a Go at Reelz; O.J. Simpson, Charlie Sheen Among Topics
Hot off the press: National Enquirer is officially making its move to the small screen.
Several months after The Weinstein Company joined forces with the publication's parent company American Media, Inc. for a production unit, Reelz has unveiled a new docuseries centered on the magazine, National Enquirer Investigates.
Set to premiere May 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the cable channel, each hourlong episode will feature interviews, new evidence and archived documents as well as recreations for a deep dive into celebrity scandals like questions surrounding O.J. Simpson's involvement in the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and the mysterious death of Natalie Wood.
The premiere will focus on the sudden death of Marilyn Monroe and questions about whether the Hollywood bombshell was actually murdered. According to the announcement, which promises newly released evidence, some of the possible suspects include the mob and the Kennedy family. Other upcoming episodes will focus on the controversy surrounding the deaths of Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston and her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, and the story behind Charlie Sheen's HIV announcement, which was chronicled extensively in The Hollywood Reporter by National Enquirer editor-in-chief Dylan Howard.
National Enquirer Investigates is produced by Jupiter Entertainment, the true crime/mystery production powerhouse, in partnership with American Media and Weinstein Television Unscripted.
Harvey and Bob Weinstein are attached as executive producers, along with Jupiter Entertainment CEO Stephen Land; AMI chairman, president and CEO David Pecker; TWC executive vp television Patrick Reardon; Jupiter Entertainment president Allison Wallach; Jupiter Entertainment vp programming Deborah Allen; and Howard, who serves as AMI vp and 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,” Howard said Monday in a statement. “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.”
Added Reelz senior of programming Steve Cheskin: "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."