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Synopsis: Historians guide viewers through the sinister undercurrents of various city's past where odd and lethal scandals perplexed historical detectives, and expose the dark undercurrents of society. From the devastatingly bombed streets of London to industrial Chicago to Nazi Berlin, each episode captures nail-biting criminal investigations to prove that everything is not always what it seems.
At the scene of every crime is a story of a time, the place, and its people. This six-part series steps back in time to examine the most gruesome and compelling murder mysteries of the past 200 years, viewed through the lens of the eras and cities in which they took place. Through cinematic reenactments, we follow the determined investigators and complex perpetrators while revealing how each case made its own mark on history.
They happened in times of war and peace, during daylight and darkness, and to victims old and young. These are the stories of the most heinous murders of the 19th and 20th centuries, some which have faded from memory and others that continue to haunt their host cities to this day. Join us as we travel back to some of history's defining moments when detectives had to overcome the limited tools of their era - and often invented new forensic techniques on the fly - in a race to catch the killers before they struck again. (Courtesy Smithsonian Channel, 2021)
Murderous History is produced by Warehouse 51 Productions Ltd. for Smithsonian Channel. The executive producers are TKTK from 51 Productions and John Cavanaugh for Smithsonian Channel.
Season One Episode Guide (Smithsonian Channel)
Synopsis: From award-winning novelist Neil Cross, and based on the best-selling book by Paul Theroux which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, “The Mosquito Coast” is a gripping adventure and layered character drama following the dangerous journey of a radical idealist and brilliant inventor, Allie Fox (played by Justin Theroux), who uproots his family for Mexico when they suddenly find themselves on the run from the US government. (Courtesy Apple TV+, 2021)
Justin Theroux as Allie Fox
Melissa George as Margot Fox
Logan Polish as Dina Fox
Gabriel Bateman as Charlie Fox
The seven-episode first season is created for television and executive produced by Neil Cross. Also executive producing are Rupert Wyatt, who directs the first two episodes, author Paul Theroux, star Justin Theroux and Edward L. McDonnell. Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen and Bob Bookman also serve as executive producers for Veritas Entertainment Group. Developed by Neil Cross and Tom Bissell, “The Mosquito Coast” is a Fremantle Production for Apple TV+.
Season One Episode Guide (Apple TV+)
1-01 Lights Out--04/30/2021
when the U.S. government finally tracks them down, the off-the-grid Fox family flees to begin a new life.
1-02 First Of The Gang To Die--04/30/2021
As the story continues, the Foxes enlist the help of two coyotes who promise to take them across the U.S. border into Mexico.
Synopsis: August, 1896. Victorian London is rocked to its foundations by a supernatural event which gives certain people - mostly women - abnormal abilities, from the wondrous to the disturbing. But no matter their particular “turns,” all who belong to this new underclass are in grave danger. It falls to mysterious, quick-fisted widow Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and brilliant young inventor Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) to protect and shelter these gifted “orphans.” To do so, they will have to face the brutal forces determined to annihilate their kind. (Courtesy HBO, 2021)
Laura Donnelly as Amalia True, a quick-fisted widow
Ann Skelly as Penance Adair, a brilliant young inventor
Olivia Williams as Lavinia Bidlow, the wealthy benefactress funding the orphanage for Amalia’s outcasts, who are also known as the Touched
James Norton as Hugo Swann, the rich and irreverent proprietor of a den of iniquity
Tom Riley as Augustus "Augie" Bidlow, Lavinia’s sweet, awkward, younger brother with a secret of his own
Pip Torrens as Lord Gilbert Massen, a high-ranking government official leading the crusade against our heroines
Ben Chaplin as Inspector Frank Mundi, who’s torn between his police duties and moral compass
Denis O’Hare as Edmund Hague, a deranged doctor searching for the source of the powers
Amy Manson as the tortured, murderous Maladie, who derives power from pain
Rochelle Neil as the fire-wielding Annie “Bonfire” Carby, one of Maladie’s motley gang
Zackary Momoh as orphanage doctor Horatio Cousens, whose turn equips him with healing powers
Eleanor Tomlinson as Mary Brighton, a broken and resilient performer pursuing her dream of singing on stage
Elizabeth Berrington as Lucy Best, adaptive and streetwise, her quick-wit and high spirits mask the pain of a tragic past
Anna Devlin as Primrose Chattoway who, at ten feet tall and a dreamy demeanor, wishes to be an ordinary girl not taking up too much space
Kiran Sonia Sawar as Harriet Kaur, a young Scottish Sikh and aspiring lawyer, determined to live her life as she planned
Viola Prettejohn as Myrtle Haplisch, a middle-class girl rescued from a family who cannot understand her - literally, as she can no longer speak any form of language they understand
Ella Smith as Désireé Blodgett, a prostitute with a power that gets her in trouble and a six-year old son who never speaks
Vinnie Heaven as Nimble Jack, a rakish and charming young thief and an expert at breaking and entering
Nick Frost as feared criminal overlord Declan “Beggar King” Orrun
The Nevers Part One of the first season is executive produced by Joss Whedon, Bernadette Caulfield, Ilene S. Landress, Doug Petrie, Jane Espenson and Philippa Goslett. Daniel S. Kaminsky co-executive produces.
Season One Episode Guide (HBO)
London, 1899. Three years after an inexplicable event suddenly equips them with extraordinary abilities, Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) work to protect their kind from widespread, deepening antipathy. Meanwhile, police inspector Frank Mundi (Ben Chaplin) investigates a string of murders at the hands of a reportedly Touched and highly dangerous serial killer named Maladie (Amy Manson).
Written & directed by: Joss Whedon.
With the city reeling from Maladie’s (Amy Manson) opera debut, Mundi (Ben Chaplin) takes a personal stake in tracking her down, while Amalia (Laura Donnelly) launches an investigation of her own. Meanwhile, the charitable Lavinia Bidlow (Olivia Williams) seeks to destigmatize the Touched at a society event, Hugo Swann (James Norton) enlists Lavinia’s younger brother Augie (Tom Riley) to help monetize his illicit enterprise, and a deranged doctor (Denis O’Hare) conducts a series of experiments.
Written by: Jane Espenson
Directed by: Joss Whedon.
Penance (Ann Skelly) creates an amplifier to spread Mary’s (Eleanor Tomlinson) hope-inspiring song across the city – but first, Mary (Tomlinson) must find her elusive voice. As danger mounts against her group, Amalia (Laura Donnelly) propositions an unlikely ally and sets out to expand the Orphanage’s reach. Swann (James Norton) further entangles Augie (Tom Riley) and Mundi (Ben Chaplin) in his business affairs.
Written by: Kevin Lau
Directed by: David Semel.
While Mundi (Ben Chaplin) seeks justice, Amalia (Laura Donnelly) and her most trusted advisors make a list of potential enemies. Harriet (Kiran Sonia Sawar), Primrose (Anna Devlin), and the other Orphans attempt to decipher a message. Later, Amalia (Donnelly) exposes an unexpected threat.
Written by: Madhuri Shekar
Directed by: David Semel.
As the city buzzes with anticipation over a pending execution, Penance (Ann Skelly) grapples with a moral calling at odds with Amalia’s (Laura Donnelly) plan. With the two women at a crossroads, the Orphans must decide whom to follow.
Written by: Melissa Iqbal
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Episode 6: “True” (Part One Finale)
Debut Date: SUNDAY, MAY 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m ET/PT)
After Amalia’s (Laura Donnelly) origin story is revealed, a long-awaited reunion crystallizes the Orphans’ mission.
Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by Zetna Fuentes.
Synopsis: Mud Mountain Haulers is set in the high mountains of British Columbia, just down the road from The Weather Channel’s hit show Highway Thru Hell, where giant logs and bigger paydays beckon men to take huge risks. And no one is willing to go deeper in the mud than the Lebeau brothers, Craig and Brent, who are third generation family loggers with very different styles, and separate operations. Now, wicked weather, and an even more frigid economy, have forced the brothers to bury the hatchet and work together to survive road building, logging, and brotherhood on the steepest, muddiest mountains anywhere. (Courtesy Weather Network, 2021)
Synopsis: An intimate look into the lives of our couples, told from their perspective. Without producers or crew, the cast films their day-to-day lives as they continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and all of the challenges it brings to their relationships. (Courtesy Discovery+, 2021)
Season One Episode Guide (Discovery+)
1-01 Life Goes On--01/04/2021
Mohamed's job as a trucker leaves him lonely on the road.
1-02 In With The New--01/04/2021
Robert & Anny prepare for the arrival of their baby girl.
Synopsis: Jesse James, legendary fabricator and founder of West Coast Choppers is returning to Discovery after fourteen years with a renewed passion for creating some of most mind-blowing vehicles to ever drive across television screens. James, along with a new crew of maverick mechanics each week, set out to continue his legacy and inspire a new generation of builders.
With a focus on elevating mechanical and automotive vision in the shop, James is once again looking to accomplish the impossible and will be working with some of the most talented craftsmen and women in the country. Each episode will feature five builders from diverse backgrounds who are given five days to transform an ordinary street vehicle into a one-of-a-kind monster machine. If they’re successful, they leave the garage with $5,000 worth of tools, and Jesse can take the vehicle out for a high-octane monster challenge. But if they fail, James gets to blow it up.
"I’m very thankful for Discovery CEO David Zaslav for keeping the Monster Garage candle lit for the last 10 years. We always knew we would eventually bring it back. I also knew when that day came, I needed to be ready. More skills in my toolbox and a clear mind and schedule. Ready to put my head down and work as hard as possible to push the limits of TV again," said Jesse James.
James challenges each team of mechanics with some of the wildest builds they’ve ever heard of – from constructing the world’s largest pulse jet engine to use as the power source for a vintage Jaguar to turning a typical farm tractor into a dragster, these builds lead to some of the most epic endings in Monster Garage history. In addition, James takes another shot at one of the builds from the original series that has been haunting him: The Hovercraft DeLorean – and it will either be a complete failure or one of the garage’s most insane redemption stories.
Jesse James is more talented than ever and he’s ready to break all the rules when it comes to custom builds. (Courtesy Discovery+, 2021)
Monster Garage is produced for discovery+ by Fremantle’s Original Productions. For Original Productions, Brian Lovett, Jeff Hasler, Ernie Avila and Sam Wasserman are executive producers. For Discovery Channel, Kyle Wheeler and Gretchen Morning are executive producers and Jessica Mollo is associate producer. Jesse James also serves as executive producer.
Synopsis: Combining humor with the awe and beauty of the natural world, Mysterious Planet is an epic journey from producer and creator, Andrew Murray, which ventures to the ends of the earth to unlock the greatest mysteries behind the world’s most incredible species. Narrated by David Schwimmer, the series explores five extraordinary hotspots and five unique mysteries, featuring a new cast of charismatic creatures in each location.
From the lush forests of Indonesia to the arid Andean deserts, from the Caribbean to the highlands of Ethiopia, each episode takes us on an adventure through time and space to reveal how these animals came to be, and why they exist only in these exceptional places on our planet. They are nature’s greatest wild locations and their secrets reveal a planet more beautiful and more bizarre than we could ever imagine. (Courtesy Discovery+, 2021)
Mysterious Planet is produced by NHNZ, a Blue Ant Studios company, and NHK in Association with ARTE France and Youku for Discovery Channel. For NHNZ, Andrew Murray is series producer, Kyle Murdoch is executive producer. For discovery+, Howard Swartz and Joseph Schneier are executive producers and Mark Cullen is consulting producer This series will drop all episodes at once on January 4 on discovery+.
Joanna Gaines as Herself
Season One Episode Guide (Discovery+)
1-01 A Family Tradition
Joanna makes a cherished family favorite -- Grandpa Stevens' classic Lebanese dish, Fatayer, served with a Lebanese salad, Hummus and Baklava for dessert.
1-02 A Friendsgiving Feast
Joanna shares one of her favorite meals to make as the seasons change -- a rich and delicious Friendsgiving casserole, Cranberry sauce, Green Beans Amandine and Cherry Almond Crisp for dessert.
Synopsis: Detectives Mikes Haines, Jeff Ward and Johnny Corso take on every type of crime all across New York City. Featuring numerous New York locations from the '60s, many of the shows stories were based on actual cases as well. The series' opening credit sequence, prominently featuring a closeup of a police car emergency light as the vehicle drives through the streets of New York, would later be spoofed in the 1980s comedy series Police Squad! and subsequent movies.
Jack Warden as Lt. Mike Haines
Robert Hooks as Det. Jeff Ward
Frank Converse as Det. Johnny Corso
Ted Beniades as Det. Richie
Denise Nicholas as Ethel
Tom Rosqui as Det. Jacobs
Season One Episode Guide (ABC)
A blackmail ring that targets homosexuals is investigated after it leads to a series of suicides.
Written by: Albert Rubin
Directed by: Daniel Petrie
Ward receives a series of hysterical calls from an informer who believes he's being followed by friends of a man who helped put in jail.
Directed by: Daniel Petrie
1-03 The Screaming Woman--09/19/1967
Corso is suspended after being charged with attempted rape after he and Ward investigate complaints from a woman about noisy drunks.
1-04 Fast Gun--09/26/1967
A man with a quick trigger finger kills a detective and then taunts the police department.
Written by: Albert Rubin
Directed by: Alex March
1-05 Walking Target--10/03/1967
A high-ranking foreign police official is nearly shot by a sniper during an award ceremony at city hall.
1-06 Money Man--10/10/1967
The presence of a loan shark results in Ward and Corso going undercover in the construction industry to find out the reason for a series of unexplained deaths.
1-07 Old Gangsters Never Die--10/17/1967
A professional hijacker (Howard Da Silva) emerges from a lengthy prison term and immediately resumes his old bad habits.
1-08 To Catch A Hero--10/31/1967
Haines breaks down a girl's alibi whereby she incriminates her boyfriend in the brutal killing of a drunk.
1-09 Murder For Infinity--11/07/1967
A sculptor wanted for murder contacts Haines' friend and bargains for a top defense lawyer.
Written by: Ian McLellan Hunter
Directed by: John Moxey
1-10 The Pink Grumdrop--11/14/1967
An attractive ex-convict who is a passenger in a stolen sports car, provides the lead in helping capture the head of a car theft ring.
Synopsis: Jack Osbourne is determined to make his parents, Ozzy and Sharon, full-fledged paranormal believers. Dim the lights and settle in for fun, scares and unfiltered humor. They might be known as the first family of darkness, but when it comes to the paranormal, legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his wife, "The Talk" co-host Sharon Osbourne, are borderline skeptics. Determined to turn them fully to the other side, Jack reunites with Ozzy and Sharon to share the craziest, most jaw-dropping videos of supernatural activity ever caught on camera. But the question still remains if the Prince and Princess of Darkness will see the light when it comes to the paranormal, or if they think it’s just another ride on the crazy train.
During each hour-long episode, Jack will reveal a series of mind-blowing paranormal clips from the great beyond for his parents, Ozzy and Sharon, to witness. From Bigfoot to UFOs, poltergeists, creepy dolls and unexplained apparitions, the couple will review – and critique – each caught-on-camera moment, a compilation of Jack’s favorite pieces of evidence. Not ones to shy away from honesty and humor, there’s no shortage of fun, antics and lively commentary in the Osbourne screening room. (Courtesy Travel Channel, 2020)
The Osbournes Want To Believe is produced by Meetinghouse Productions for Travel Channel. For Meetinghouse Productions, the executive producers are Elaine White and Jason Cilo. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Ron Simon, Julie Meisner Eagle is vice president of production and development.
Season One Episode Guide (Travel)
1-02 Breaking All The Rules--08/09/2020
1-03 Fairies Wear Boots--00/16/2020