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Animated Filmmaker Jorge Gutiérrez Signs Deal With Netflix

16 October, 2020

Netflix continues its expanded push into original animation with a new overall deal with animated writer and filmmaker Jorge Gutiérrez. Under the terms of the deal, he will write, direct, and produce new animated movies and TV shows for Netflix, which will also include interactive projects for both kids and adults.

In a statement released by Netflix, Gutiérrez expressed his happiness with the deal:

Dang! I could not be more thankful to extend my creative love affair with my beloved Netflix! Melissa Cobb and the entire Netflix Animation team match my endless passion for diversity and inclusion in front and behind the camera. After all the kindness that has been shown to me, I look forward to mentoring and empowering diverse storytellers from not only North America, but also Central and South America. My mustached heart has a six pack and I can’t wait to create new stories and bold new worlds. What a time to be alive!

Gutiérrez is best known for the Fox animated film Book Of Life, which he directed and wrote.  He also co-created the Nickelodeon series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera with his wife Sandra Equihua.

Currently, Gutiérrez is working on the series Maya And The Three, which premieres on Netflix in 2021.

'La Révolution' (Photo Gallery)

07 October, 2020

1787, France. While investigating a series of mysterious murders, Joseph Guillotin - the future inventor of the world famous ‘Guillotine’ - uncovers an unknown virus: the Blue Blood. The disease, quickly spreads amongst the French aristocracy, driving them to murder ordinary people and soon leads to a rebellion… What if the French Revolution didn’t happen the way we were told?
(All photos courtesy Netflix/Emmanuel Guimier, 2020)

'La Révolution' - Behind The Scenes (Photo Gallery)

13 October, 2020

1787, France. While investigating a series of mysterious murders, Joseph Guillotin - the future inventor of the world famous ‘Guillotine’ - uncovers an unknown virus: the Blue Blood. The disease, quickly spreads amongst the French aristocracy, driving them to murder ordinary people and soon leads to a rebellion… What if the French Revolution didn’t happen the way we were told?
(All photos courtesy Netflix/Emmanuel Guimier, 2020)

This Week In True Crime TV: 10/18/2020-10/24/2020

09 October, 2020

Here is a rundown of all the new true crime television premiering this week:

Evil Lives Here (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "My Son Broke My Heart," Vickie Webb's son is accused of absolute evil and she isn't surprised.

Seduced-Inside The Nxivm Cult (Starz)
This documentary chronicles the extraordinary and harrowing journey of India Oxenberg — the daughter of Hollywood actress Catherine Oxenberg and a descendant of European royalty — who was seduced into the modern-day sex-slave cult NXIVM. More than 17,000 people, including India, enrolled in NXIVM’s “Executive Success Programs,” a front for the cult and a hunting ground for its leader, master predator Keith Raniere. Women in DOS, a secret master-slave society within NXIVM, were sex-trafficked and branded with a cauterizing iron. Both about a mother trying to save her daughter and recovery from trauma, the series follows India’s seduction, indoctrination, enslavement, escape — and her role as “co-conspirator” in assisting the U.S. government with bringing down Raniere and his criminal enterprise. In addition to being a rigorous and unsparing examination of India’s abuse and her own culpability, it explores how India and a chorus of other women are still grappling to make sense of their experience. The series also showcases extensive insider footage and exposes the inner circle of enablers around Keith Raniere.

Signs Of A Psychopath (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Now They Lay me Down To Sleep," a death row inmate grants an interview just weeks prior to his execution. Bodies of a man's family are discovered in the ashes of a house fire, and he is the main suspect in the murders.

The Vow Part One Finale (HBO)
With remarkable access to insiders and former members, The Vow follows a range of people who joined NXIVM, a self-improvement group that disintegrated with criminal charges brought against its highest members. The show takes a deep, nuanced look at the experiences of many of the group’s participants, spotlighting their universal desire for personal growth and their internal conflicts over events as they unfold.

Unsolved Mysteries: Chapter Two (Netflix)

Killing Carnies Series Premiere (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "The Sideshow Murders," the brutal murder of Lobster Boy rocks a carnival community, and every performer is a suspect. Truths will be revealed and a reign of terror will finally end.

The Missing (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Missing Mothers," Prisma Reyes vanishes from a parking garage after footage shows her getting on an elevator but is never seen again. Andrea Knabel disappears during the middle of the night. And in the episode entitled "Missing Teens," teenagers Tara Calico and Desirea Ferris go out but never come back.

Homicide City (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode "Deadly Circle Of Friends," the murder of a family provides detectives with a chilling link to another case. They must work quickly to make an arrest before the killer strikes again.

Dead Silent (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Quiet The Dogs," Connie and George Hilton move to rural east Texas, but early one morning, their peaceful country life is abruptly and brutally shattered.

Chaos In Court (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Enough Is Enough," it's clips of dramatic, unexpected and cathartic courtroom moments.

Crime Gone Viral (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "No, You Don't," in Florida, a woman shopping for bathing suits bravely chases after a man who harasses her and learns that he is a predator who has been preying on women for years. And then, two good samaritans intervene when an elderly couple is robbed. Then in the episode "Out Of Control," a drunk passenger grabs the wheel from an Uber driver's hands, creating a potentially deadly scene on a highway. And then, a group of friends find themselves in terrifying peril when a speeding boat plows right into them.

Suspicious Minds (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Who Killed The Councilman?," Mark Garcia, a city councilman in California, is shot dead. Drug dealers, political rivals and even Matt's own father are suspects.

The Killer Beside Me (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Schooled In Murder," two school secretaries who are on lunch break disappear in broad daylight. One of the school secretaries is found dead and the other is still missing. Police suspect that the perpetrator of the crime has ties to the school.

48 Hours On ID (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Bruce Beresford-Redman: The Verdict," former reality TV producer Bruce Beresford-Redman is charged with murdering his wife while on a family vacation in Cancun, Mexico. While awaiting trial, he keeps a riveting video diary of life inside the Mexican prison. Troy Robert reports.


LORTV LIVE Broadcast Schedule: October 2020

02 October, 2020

With the fall season starting up, many of the world’s premier automotive and off-road racing series are entering the home stretch of their seasons; Lucas Oil Racing Television (LORTV) is here to provide race fans with exclusive coverage of the best off-road, late-model and sprint car drivers around the world battling for the chance at becoming the series champion.  

The month’s first LIVE broadcast airs Saturday, October 3, for the Lucas Late Model Dirt Series (LMDS) 32nd Annual Pittsburgher 100. Race coverage from Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway is available exclusively for yearly LORTV subscribers. In addition to the October 3 race, annual subscribers will have exclusive access to telecasts on Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17, for the 40th Dirt Track World Championship. Coverage for the Late Model races on Friday and Saturday comes directly from Portsmouth Raceway Park, a three-eighths dirt mile track that sits just one mile west of Portsmouth, Ohio.

Round nine of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) broadcasts Friday, October 16, with round 10 airing the next day, Saturday, October 17. Both races will be streamed live for monthly and yearly subscribers on the LORTV channel from the famous Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California. 

Finally, to close out the October broadcast schedule, LORTV features back-to-back telecasts of the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Dirt Series (ASCS) on Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17. Coverage of the ASCS 47th Annual Winter Nationals Lanny Edwards Memorial comes from Devil Bowl’s Speedway in Mesquite, Texas. Saturday’s broadcast is available for yearly subscribers only.

In addition to this LIVE broadcasts, motorsport fans can choose from more than 5,400 shows across 90 different categories, all available 24/7 on-demand on the Lucas Oil Racing TV platform. 

Both returning and new subscribers can log directly onto LucasOilRacing.TV and watch the action from the convenience of their browser. Additionally, Lucas Oil Racing TV is available on all the most popular streaming devices like ROKU, Apple iOS, Android devices, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Google Play, Xbox One, and more. A full list of supported devices can found HERE. 

Frndly TV Upgrades DVR Again To Celebrate Its 1-Year Anniversary

01 October, 2020

Frndly TV, the first-ever live and on-demand TV streaming service tailored specifically to American families, is celebrating its 1-year anniversary by upgrading the DVR for its existing and new customers without raising the price of the service.  For a second time since launching a year ago, Frndly TV will increase the length of time recordings can be kept with its unlimited storage cloud DVR.  With this increase, Frndly TV has tripled the length of time customers can keep their recording since its launch. And all without changing the price.

With this DVR upgrade, customers with the $7.99/mo. Classic Plan will now be able to keep their DVR recordings for up to 3 months, doubling the previous 45 days limit. Customers with the $9.99/mo. Premium Plan will be able to keep their recordings for up to 9 months, a 50% increase from the previous 180 days limit.

"We wanted to celebrate our 1-year anniversary by adding even more value for our customers" said Joey Monjure, Frndly TV's vice president of product & customer experience. "With this DVR upgrade, customers can not only record as many of the 40+ brand new Christmas movies that are being shown on the Hallmark Channel and UPtv this holiday season but they can also now watch them as many times as they want over the next 9 months without having to worry about running out of DVR storage space".

All Frndly TV customers, including the $5.99/mo. Basic Plan customers, will continue to have access to all the same great 15 channels as well as the Look Back feature, which allows customers to go backwards in the guide and watch any show or movie On Demand that aired in the past 72 hours.


Movies And Specials: 'Tu Es Mon Fils'

24 September, 2020

Synopsis: Tu Es Mon Fils is set in the small seaside commune of Fouras, home to Claire Valent (Anne Marivan), a divorced mother of two now remarried to Paul (Charles Berling), who has two kids of his own from a previous relationship. Claire shares custody of her teenage son, Raphael, and daughter Lara with her ex, Marc (Thomas Jouannet), who lives on nearby Aix Island. Claire and Paul’s families blend together well enough on the surface, but hidden tensions boil over when the lifeless body of a missing 15-year-old girl is found in a nearby swamp: A pair of missing sneakers leads Claire to suspect Raphael might have had something to do with his classmate’s killing. Unable to believe her own son could be capable of such a crime, Claire launches her own personal investigation into the murder, even enlisting her ex in the endeavor. But the deeper she digs, the more the evidence points to her son’s guilt.

It premiered Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 on MHz Choice.

This Week In True Crime TV: 09/20/2020-09/26/2020

20 September, 2020

Here is a rundown of all the new true crime television premiering this week:

Evil Lives Here (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "My Love For My Boy Is Unchanged," a more intimate interview with the Keller family surfaces new information. They never suspected the man terrorizing their city could be one of their own.

How It Really Happened (HLN)

Signs Of A Psychopath (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Dug A Hole And Said A Prayer," police question a man in the disappearance of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and her young son. They discover he has a terrifying capacity for violence.

The Curious Life And Death Of...Series Premiere (Smithsonian)
Dr. Fitzharris investigates the fascinating and often strange world of the deceased.

20/20 On ID (Investigation Discovery)
In the two-part episode entitled "Undercover Girlfriend," University Of Illinois graduate Yingying Zhang disappears after climbing into a stranger's car. Police enlist the suspect's girlfriend to wear a wire and record their conversations.

Your Worst Nightmare (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Do You Love Me?," Jenny Smith and her two daughters, Marie and Anna, make for a tight-knit family trio. When Jeanine and Anna go looking for love in all the wrong places, it ends in heartbreak, lies and murder.

Homicide City (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "The Thin Blue Line," a skeleton is discovered on the edge of a high school football field during a game of catch. It takes a forensic sculptor, tireless detective work and some luck to finally bring the mysterious killer to justice.

Living A Nightmare (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Karma Comes Late," a young mother is murdered and dumped into an alley. Police have plenty of suspects, including her former beau, but the trail soon runs cold. A ghost from the past suddenly reappears, giving the family renewed hope for justice.

Chaos In Court (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "If I Can't Have You," a grieving father goes on the attack, jealous obsession ends in murderous rage, a victim faces her stalker, a prosecutor throws a temper tantrum in court and a hero judge chases prisoners who bolt.

Crime Gone Viral (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Snatched," a young woman walks home after a family gathering; a young woman goes out to get cold medicine; with no warning, danger strikes and both women are kidnapped.

Impact Of Murder (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "The Betrayal," in Newfoundland, 19-year-old Greg Parsons ushers in 1991 by wishing his estranged mother, Catherine, a Happy New Year. Two days later, Greg is charged with her murder.

The Killer Beside Me (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Hostage To Greed," the brutal murder of a legal secretary in her Georgia home leaves police with few clues as to who would want her dead. A co-worker's alibi falls apart, revealing a callous conspiracy of greed that shocks this genteel Southern town.

The Lost Boys Of Bucks County (Investigation Discovery)
Four young men disappear from Bucks County, Pennsylvania and the entire country is left wondering what became of them.


Movies And Specials: 'Venus: The Alien Secrets'

20 September, 2020

Synopsis: A shocking new discovery on Venus might be evidence of extraterrestrial life. Using cutting-edge science, experts reveal what happens on this strange and mysterious planet.

It premiered Sunday, September 20th, 2020 on the Science Channel.