REELZ Announces Summer and Fall 2017 Programming Slate ft. 5 New Series
REELZ today announced original programming for summer and fall 2017 including five new original series, new episodes of three returning viewer favorites and a never-before-seen Elvis special hosted by Natalie Morales. The new lineup expands on the network's successful storytelling of the famous faces the world has grown to love and sometimes hate through shows that take viewers behind-the-scenes of stardom spotlighting the tragic and career-altering moments that shaped or destroyed a celebrity's life and the struggles and glory of life as a public figure.
To build on viewers' interest and curiosity for the true stories of celebrities REELZ added a slate of programming which includes:
- New series premiering this summer and fall: The Kitty Kelley Files (July 29), Broke and Famous (Sept. 8), US Weekly's Famous Feuds (Sept. 8), It Happened Here (Nov. 10) and The Stalker Files (Nov. 10).
- New original special premiering this summer: Elvis Presley: Behind Closed Doors hosted by Natalie Morales including rare interviews with the "King of Rock and Roll" and little-known stories about Elvis told by those who knew him best (Aug. 13).
- New episodes of returning series premiering this summer and fall: Scandal Made Me Famous (July 29), Copycat Killers (Sept. 9) and Murder Made Me Famous (Nov. 4).
"From their tragedies and setbacks to their soaring achievements and everlasting legacies our new lineup of original series shows the real stories that have defined a celebrity's life," said Steve Cheskin, SVP of Programming at REELZ. "We are committed to showing our viewers the behind-the-scenes looks at the most recognizable figures in pop-culture and entertainment and we are excited to showcase the incredible stories of stars the way only REELZ can."
The Kitty Kelley Files (July 29 premiere at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT is the Drew Barrymore episode*): Kitty Kelley is a seven-time New York Times best-selling author who has built her career on moving icons out of the moonlight and into the sunlight. In the new series The Kitty Kelley Files she'll unearth the true tales of some of America's most beloved celebrities including Julia Roberts, Princess Diana, George Clooney, Drew Barrymore and Frank Sinatra and tell their stories through the lens of the sensational events that they either triumphed over or were destroyed by. Kelley presents each story in hour-long episodes with her signature frankness and charm while she digs behind the headlines to reveal how incredible details in each story came to light. The Kitty Kelley Files is produced by Jupiter Entertainment and Random House Studio in partnership with American Media, Inc.
Broke and Famous (Sept. 8): Whether it's blockbuster movies, a wealthy family, or chart-topping hit music when the money is rolling and you're a celebrity life is good. But what happens at the intersection of money mismanagement and career crisis? Each hour-long episode of Broke and Famous shows what happens when a celebrity's life of spending and excess turns to one of selling off assets, pinching pennies and taking jobs they never considered at the height of success. See the stories of rapper 50 Cent, Michael Jackson, Tori Spelling, Nicolas Cage, Johnny Depp and MC Hammer. Broke and Famous is produced by Our House and Critical Content.
US Weekly's Famous Feuds (Sept. 8): It could be the egos involved, outright jealousy or rampant hearsay but whatever the case when celebrities bicker and fight the public is fascinated. Each hour-long episode spotlights the epic discords between warring TV personalities, clashing divas and superstar friends whose relationships turned ugly. US Weekly's Famous Feuds puts viewers ringside for the nasty battles between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, Madonna and Elton John, Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom, Charlie Sheen and Chuck Lorre, Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie, and Drake and Chris Brown. US Weekly's Famous Feuds is produced by Our House and Critical Content.
It Happened Here (Nov. 10): Each episode takes viewers to the exact site of a celebrity's controversial or tragic event to retrace their final footsteps and backtrack through the places that help tell the story and solve the riddles surrounding the case. From the Las Vegas Strip where Tupac Shakur was gunned down to the New York apartment where Heath Ledger died, It Happened Here paints a more complete picture of what really happened before a celebrity's life changed forever. Other hour-long episodes include the stories behind Selena, Joan Rivers, Janis Joplin, John Belushi, Marvin Gaye, John Lennon and Marilyn Monroe. It Happened Here is produced by Buck Productions.
The Stalker Files (Nov. 10): Take an unnerving dive into the cases of stalkers whose unrelenting obsession with a celebrity led to jarring and tragic ends. Every hour-long episode unfolds with two seemingly separate timelines building to a climax of fear and violence with each story presented through expert interviews, recreations, actual case files and insights from seasoned law enforcement officials. See the chilling stories behind the stalking cases involving Erin Andrews, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Douglas, Madonna, Steven Spielberg, Jodie Foster, David Letterman, Christina Grimmie, Rebecca Schaeffer and Brooke Shields. The Stalker Files is produced by Buck Productions.