The 2013 Investigation Discovery Upfront debut the largest slate in the networks history. Laughingly referred to as America’s Guilty Pleasure Network, Investigation Discovery has created a top ten cable network about the crimes committed in America. The crimes are often scandalous tabloid headliners that individuals want to know more about. ID will dish up more than 15 new series and bring back 23 returning hits. This month Investigation Discovery will also launch a huge public affairs campaign entitled Inspire a Difference. This campaign will weave together ID's ongoing national awareness efforts around civil rights, wrongful convictions and violence against women under one informative and inspiring banner designed to empower viewers to make an impact in their own communities. This will begin during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
NEW ORIGINAL SERIES………..
Featuring dramatically and emotional stories of women who fought back against their attackers and survived against amazing odds, SURVIVING EVIL is hosted by Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel.) Carpenter is the survivor of a real-life incident that she endured more than 20 years ago and the series begins with her story. The actress and two friends were swimming at San Diego's Torrey Pines State Beach in 1991 when they were violently attacked by an armed, rogue police officer. Carpenter fought for her survival after being held at gunpoint, but her two friends were both shot by the attacker and seriously wounded. The police officer was sentenced to 56 years in prison for the attacks in addition to a series of rapes and robberies.
DEADLINE: CRIME WITH TAMRON HALL
Crime investigation, as any homicide detective will testify, is all about speed. Time lost is time wasted, and every minute counts in ID's new original newsmagazine DEADLINE: CRIME WITH TAMRON HALL, produced by NBC News' award-winning Peacock Productions. DEADLINE: CRIME goes beyond the headlines to explore not only what happened, but why it happened, and how it was investigated. Anchoring the series as host is NBC's Tamron Hall, a long-time network journalist with a vested interest in the criminal justice system. Hall knows first-hand the effects of violent crime, as her older sister was a homicide victim in a case that is still officially unsolved.
SOUTHERN FRIED HOMICIDE
Against a backdrop of Southern hospitality, etiquette, and Christian values, evil creeps in like vines on a time-worn plantation. SOUTHERN FRIED HOMICIDE proves that ugliness lurks behind beauty when cracks in good ol' moral values give way to cold-blooded murder. Actress Shanna Forrestall, a native of Louisiana, serves as the gatekeeper to these salacious stories from south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Too old to enjoy their riches, too old to keep dry britches, but not too old to snuff out some b*tches! Prepare to hide under your lap blanket, because ELDER SKELTER tells shocking stories of senior citizens who committed cold, calculated crimes. Did they suffer from dementia, or had they spent a lifetime suppressing their sick fantasies before it all came to a head? After building reputations as model citizens, loving family members, and contributors to society, these oldies but no-longer-goodies cracked in their final years only to spend the rest of their retirement in prison.
Salacious headlines. Surreal true-life stories. Who doesn't scan the supermarket tabloids in the checkout line? Investigation Discovery (ID) introduces TABLOID, a new weekly series guaranteed to satisfy inquiring minds. Hosted by the Emmy Award-winning king of tabloid television, Jerry Springer, TABLOID peels back the curtain to probe the most bizarre larger-than-life stories you can't possibly imagine. Springer, who's no stranger to the sensational, brings more than 20 years of experience working with over-the-top characters to help guide viewers through these outrageous tales -- baring all of the horrific action, twists and turns, and macabre motivations behind eye-catching headlines.
DARKNESS OUTSIDE OF TOWN (working title)
Beyond the boundaries of ordinary life, there is another world that lies just outside of town, where places have no names. Investigating forgotten communities and shallow graves past the perimeters of society, DARKNESS OUTSIDE OF TOWN reveals what can happen in these solitary and desolate places. Gripping tales of betrayal and murder unfold as told by friends, family, and neighbors of the deceased. In places mere minutes from town but millions of miles from civilization, normal rules don't apply, and absolutely anything can happen.
THE FIRST KILL (working title)
Before there were dozens of victims, a nation-wide manhunt, and a guilty serial killer, there was THE FIRST KILL. This series explores the initial murder that inspired a killing spree, confounded law enforcement, and terrified the masses. Detectives who are haunted by unforgotten cold cases will finally connect the dots while family and friends of victims at last understand their loved one's death.
THE BAD OLD DAYS
THE BAD OLD DAYS is a nod to twisted tales of decades past, detailing the most provocative, juicy, real-life murder cases of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Set against the backdrop of the fetishized world of bullet bras, garter belts, suburban secrets and three-martini lunches, these stories of truly mad men and women reveal layer upon layer of warped relationships turned terrible crimes.
Wealth. Power. Influence. Everybody wants them, but only a select few ever get them. When hard work and talent aren't enough, how do you get yourself noticed? IMPOSTORS explores schemers who have taken the quickest, riskiest, and dirtiest path to success: deceit. Exposing true accounts of real fraud, the series uncovers shocking stories of shrewd people who do almost anything to con their way into worlds of prestige and luxury.
A STRANGER IN MY HOME
Your house should be a place where we feel most comfortable, but to someone who wants to pose a threat, there's no better way to get inside your life than to get inside your home. Let the wrong person in and it could be the last mistake you ever make. A STRANGER IN MY HOME is the perfect blend of mystery and suspense, telling stories of what happens when strangers come together under one roof and begin new relationships. You might think you can trust this new acquaintance, but looks can be deceiving.
OBSESSION: DARK DESIRES
What happens when outsiders, loners, and losers are let in from the cold by a kind soul? OBSESSION: DARK DESIRES features horror stories of people who are shown the kindness of strangers, but instead of simply thanking their newfound friend, they form an obsession and refuse to let go. Latching onto every detail and hanging on every word, they often create a fantasy world in which mere acquaintanceship isn't enough.
BEAUTY QUEEN MURDERS
Beauty pageants are the stuff of dreams for so many girls who fantasize about being a princess for the day. For these beauty queens, a sash and crown may empower them to reach for the stars but it can't defend against the terrible fate that awaits. BEAUTY QUEEN MURDERS shines the spotlight on women who lived their lives in the public eye as America's sweethearts. They were all so young. They were all so beautiful. They all held so much promise. And they were all killed before their limelight was up.
I'D KILL FOR YOU
How far would you go for the person you love? Would you lie for them, die for them...or even kill for them? I'D KILL FOR YOU lifts the lid on unbelievable crimes in which one human's love is chosen over another's life. These pre-meditated, highly calculated killings were all orchestrated by a twisted manipulator who used their love as the ultimate murder weapon.
EVIL IN-LAW reveals great marriages nearly ruined when a maniacal, meddling mother-in-law overstepped her bounds. They are stories that make you want to elope: the mother who slowly poisoned her daughter-in-law so she could raise the grandchildren as her own; the mother who tried to seduce her son-in-law because she was jealous of her own daughter; or the mother who faked a fatal illness to get her son to turn on his wife and move back in with mommy.
FEAR THY NEIGHBOR
You've got the home you've always dreamed of and the neighborhood to match. But someone close by has very different ideas. FEAR THY NEIGHBOR reveals what happens when a new homeowner unwittingly takes up residence within a stone's throw of a psycho, or when evil minds decide to lay down roots right next door. These are the terrifying tales of the unwanted neighbors who turn home sweet home into home sweet hell.
RETURNING ORIGINAL SERIES……………
Investigation Discovery is rewarding fans for watching their hit series by renewing ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN for season 8. TRUE CRIME WITH APHRODITE JONES, NIGHTMARE NEXT DOOR, FACING EVIL WITH CANDICE DELONG, WHO THE (BLEEP) DID I MARRY? , STALKED: SOMEONE'S WATCHING, DEVIL YOU KNOW, have all been renewed for their fourth season on the network. Investigation Discovery will also bring back; DEADLY SINS, HOMICIDE HUNTER: LT. JOE KENDA, SCORNED: LOVE KILLS, DATES FROM HELL, BLOOD RELATIVES for their third season. Rounding out the renewals Investigation Discovery showed their confidence in a few of their freshman fits by giving them sophomore season, these include; REDRUM, WIVES WITH KNIVES, ON DEATH ROW, FRENEMIES: LOYALTY TURNED LETHAL, MY DIRTY LITTLE SECRET, EVIL, I, FATAL VOWS, MOTIVES & MURDERS: CRACKING THE CASE, ICE COLD KILLERS, DEADLY AFFAIRS, DANGEROUS PERSUASIONS.
I am known for sitting down on a rainy day, turning on Investigation Discovery and watching everything that plays that day. The shows on Investigation Discovery are engaging and they all tell interesting tales of heroism, and/or individuals committing horrific crimes that most individuals would never dream of committing. Being a soap fan I must admit that I tuned in to watch Susan Lucci Host Deadly Affairs and I will be tuning in again to watch her sophomore run with the series. I most likely won’t follow any other show on ID religiously, but if you would like a review of a particular new show please let me know in the comments. See anything that interests you? What will you be watching on Investigation Discovery? Let me know in the comments.