Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Apr 7, 2016
April 7, 2016
Since FX did so well with "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson," (see Ratings, below) NBC has taken a page from their playbook and ordered up a new series called "Law & Order: True Crime." It'll be an "event series," which means the whole series will be based on a single crime (like O-J). In this case, the first eight episodes will be about LYLE and ERIK MENENDEZ, who were convicted in 1996 of murdering their parents and sentenced to life in prison.
The Reel Deal:
ALEX WINTER, who starred in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" as Bill S Preston, Esquire, is now a movie producer, and raising money on Kickstarter for an official documentary on the late FRANK ZAPPA.
And, Variety says the program has already raised nearly $900-thousand dollars. That's the most money ever raised for a documentary through the crowdfunding site. Alex will be directing "Who the F*** is Frank Zappa" with the blessing of the Zappa estate, which means he has access to endless amounts of film, photos, video and audio. The campaign ends tomorrow, but there's still time for you to be an executive producer ...for $10-grand. You can also buy Frank's home in the Hollywood Hills for $9-million dollars, but you don't get any of the stuff inside it or under it in Frank's private vault. (Marino)
Losers in Lockup:
Wedding crashing is one thing, but a California woman took it to the next level.
DENISE GUNDERSON will spend the next seven years in jail for posing as a guest at several San Diego area weddings. Prosecutors say she didn't just help herself to food and drinks, she also stole wallets, cash, and credit cards from brides, guests, and workers. She used the bounty to make thousands of dollars in purchases at Walmart and Costco. Gunderson was caught by security cameras at several wedding venues. She pleaded guilty to grand theft and identity theft. (Still)
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