It’s time to ease into our final fall preview of all things true crime. If you missed the updates on podcasts or film, there’s still time to catch up. But today we’ll be looking at what’s ahead for fall. I’ve got cable recommendations (do you still watch? I’m trying to cut the cord), network, and for variety’s sake, a few from streaming services, as well (more of those in the film preview, too).
First up is a great roundup by Esquire that includes some upcoming shows of interest to true crime and scripted dramas, including 10 Days in the Valley, and The Deuce (TV must be good again if Maggie Gyllenhaal is doing it). Of special note is the second season of the Elisabeth Moss drama Top of the Lake. This one is subtitled China Girl and also features Nicole Kidman, an actress we like around here.
The show I’m most excited about? Mindhunter. The David Fincher and Charlize Theron series, set to begin streaming on Netflix October 13, is based on the book of the same name by John Douglas, formerly of the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime unit and who worked on cases involving (among others) Ed Gein, Charles Manson, and Ted Bundy. Check out the trailer for a preview.
Meanwhile, while I was distracted aging, the 90s came back in a big way. You’ve got a few choices to read up on all the Biggie and Tupac offerings (Team Biggie), or you can revisit the stories of the Menendez Brothers, Chandra Levy, or Gianni Versace.
And I saved the biggest preview news for last.
In TV-related podcast news, did you ever watch The Shield? I didn’t but the podcast A Vocal Minority recently covered the 2014 murder of April Jace at the hands of her husband, Shield actor Michael Jase.
Finally, this has nothing to do with TV, but I can’t help but be riveted by the case of Kenneka L. Jenkins, a young Chicago woman reported missing by her mother and ultimately found dead in the walk-in freezer of a Chicago hotel. As of this writing, her cause of death has either not been determined, or is not being released by the Chicago PD. There’s certainly an eeriness to the case—one can’t help but draw comparisons to the mysterious death of Elisa Lam in Los Angeles—but it’s most concerning in one very concrete way: are the police taking the case of a dead, black, 19-year old woman seriously? To her grieving mother, the answer is no. I hope we’ll all continue to watch this story and consider its implications.
I’ll see you back here on Tuesday when we’ll take a closer look at a new true crime.