EXCLUSIVE: Discovery and Channel 4 are teaming up to co-produce a U.S. version of the hit British documentary series 24 Hours In Police Custody. Deadline has learned that ITV Studios-owned production company The Garden Productions has been working on the show for a number of months after securing access to the Kansas City Police Department in Missouri. The plan is that 24 Hours In Police Custody USA (working title) will broadcast on Investigation Discovery in America and on Channel 4 in the UK. Discovery is the lead co-production partner. The British version of 24 Hours In Police Custody launched in 2014 and uses fixed-rig cameras to capture 24 hours inside a police station, providing an unfiltered look at how detectives work to investigate major crimes. The show has run for eight seasons, with the Bedfordshire Police and Cambridgeshire Constabulary welcoming in cameras. It started as a sister show to 24 Hours In A&E, another format made by The Garden. Investigation … [Read more...] about Discovery & Channel 4 Team Up For U.S. Version Of ’24 Hours In Police Custody’
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Imagine this: a Republican governor in a crucial battleground state instructs his secretary of state to purge the voting rolls of hundreds of thousands of allegedly ineligible voters. The move disenfranchises thousands of legally registered voters, who happen to be overwhelmingly black and Hispanic Democrats. The number of voters prevented from casting a ballot exceeds the margin of victory in the razor-thin election, which ends up determining the next President of the United States. If this scenario sounds familiar, that’s because it happened in Florida in 2000. And twelve years later, just months before another presidential election, history is repeating itself. Back in 2000, 12,000 eligible voters – a number twenty-two times larger than George W. Bush’s 537 vote triumph over Al Gore – were wrongly identified as convicted felons and purged from the voting rolls in Florida, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. African Americans, who favored Gore over … [Read more...] about Florida GOP Takes Voter Suppression to a Brazen New Extreme
Novelist Don Winslow has spent the last 20 years of his life absorbing more news about Mexico’s narco wars than most of us could stomach. This month he delivers the Border, the fiery conclusion of his sweeping drug-war trilogy. Clocking in at over 700 pages, it is his most overtly political installment yet. He takes on the Trump administration directly, creating a fictional candidate, then president, who stokes racist fears of Mexicans, campaigns on “building the wall” and, along with his venal son-in-law, gets caught up in a shady real estate deal involving Cartel money. Like its predecessors, 2004’s Power of the Dog (covering 1975-2004) and 2015’s The Cartel (2004-2014), The Border is a sprawling, blood-soaked saga and cements Winslow, in the words of one his heroes, the writer James Ellroy, as “the master of the dope war novel. He’s the dope war king.” Winslow, 65, picks up where he left off with The Cartel. His El Chapo character, … [Read more...] about Don Winslow Digs Into Modern Drug War With New Novel ‘The Border’
Commencement season blooms back to life this weekend, as your typical array of celebrities – Josh Groban, Hannah Storm, members of Lady Antebellum – accept honorary degrees (and in some cases, fat appearance fees) while offering self-help platitudes to the heavily indebted graduates of America’s higher learning institutions. But the most popular commencement speaker of the last half-century won’t be gracing any stages this year, and for good reason: He’s under house arrest, awaiting sentence for sexual assault. Bill Cosby, the comedian and TV pioneer, was widely known as “America’s Dad” for portraying Cliff Huxtable, the fictional embodiment of black respectability politics, on the iconic Cosby Show. On Thursday, the U.S. Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences expelled both Cosby and director Roman Polanski. Of course, beyond the world of entertainment, Cosby was also America’s Commencement Speaker. Beginning in the … [Read more...] about The Academy Has Spoken, But How Will Colleges Handle Cosby?
Speaking from his home on the Hawaiian island of Maui, Kris Kristofferson, 76, looks back on a life rich with Hall of Fame-worthy country-music writing and recording credits, acclaimed acting roles, a Rhodes scholarship and collegiate athletic prowess with nothing short of fondness. “It’s a pretty neat life when you think about it,” he tells Rolling Stone. “I just feel so grateful.” But rather than spend his time driving a tractor around his expansive property, mowing the lawn or occasionally taking the two-hour trek across the island to spend time with his “best friend” Willie Nelson (“He’s the same kid sitting at his table playing chess and smoking whatever”), Kristofferson continues to churn out new songs. From the Archives: Dylan Meets the Durango Kid: Kristofferson and Dylan in Mexico His latest album, Feeling Mortal, due on January 29th, contains some of the singer-songwriter’s most raw and poignant material yet. … [Read more...] about Kris Kristofferson Explores Mortality on New Album