TV ONE EXPANDS MONDAY CRIME AND JUSTICE PROGRAMMING BLOCK WITH NEW ORIGINAL SERIES "FOR MY MAN"
One-Hour True Crime Show Premieres Monday, Sept. 7 at 10 p.m. ET
SILVER SPRING, MD. AUG. 25, 2015 - Building on the success of its suspenseful Monday night original Fatal Attraction, TV One expands its crime and justice programming with the launch of For My Man. This one-hour series, premiering on Monday, Sept. 7 at 10 p.m. ET, sheds light on the outrageous and shocking stories of women who have been arrested for a crime they committed in the name of love.
As Piper Kerman, author of "Orange Is the New Black: My Year in A Women's Prison," testified at the Aug. 4 Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, women - particularly women of color - are the fastest growing population in the criminal justice system. Many of them - of the more than 200,000 women behind bars per the Bureau of Justice Statistics - experienced sexual abuse and violence prior to their imprisonment. TV One's For My Man shows real-life examples of this unfortunate trend, telling various stories of Black women who literally put their lives and freedom on the line for their men. From a killing spree across the Midwest to an inside informant at the DEA, these women have no limits as to how far they will go for love.
"Crime and justice storytelling is overwhelmingly popular with a wide variety of viewers and of particular interest to the Black community, which is disproportionally impacted," remarked D'Angela Proctor, TV One's Senior Vice President Original Programming and Production. "Every episode of For My Man illustrates a love story gone horribly wrong and with a devastating outcome. News headlines report the aftermath of these scenarios, but For My Man pulls viewers deeper into the narrative as the fairytale sours. After watching these stories, viewers may strongly question how far they might go in the name of love."
Each episode of For My Man includes interviews of those closest to the events - family members, friends, witnesses, investigators and journalists - as well as psychologists, lawyers and when possible, the subjects themselves. The first season of For My Man captures a vast array of true stories from throughout the country, including:
· Little Washington, North Carolina: Yvette Gay follows a married man into a murderous plot to kill his wife.
· Knoxville, Tennessee: Vanessa Coleman joins Letalvis Cobbins on a drug-induced, gun-pointing kidnapping of a couple.
· Tampa, Florida: Victoria Jackson's ultimate act of betrayal against one of her own family members at the request of her jealous boyfriend.
· Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Felicia Scott's homicidal tailspin when she is unable to bear her husband a child.
· Waukegan, Illinois: Debra Brown falls for serial child predator Alton Coleman and becomes one of the FBI's Most Wanted fugitives.
· Wilmington, Delaware: Chakkira Wonnum escapes an abusive home and runs into the arms of a dangerous drug addict.
For My Man is produced by Sirens Media for TV One. Valerie Haselton and Rebecca Toth Dienfenbach serve as Executive Producer and Anne S. Rothwell is Show Runner for the series. Lamar Chase is Producer for TV One. Tia Smith is Executive in Charge of production and D'Angela Proctor is Head of Original Programming and Production for the network.
About Sirens Media:
Sirens Media, part of Leftfield Entertainment Group, an ITV Studios company, was founded in 2005 by co-presidents Rebecca Toth Diefenbach and Valerie Haselton. Sirens Media is best known for producing powerhouse reality series Real Housewives of New Jersey for Bravo. The series has repeatedly broken ratings records for Bravo and remains in the forefront of the cultural zeitgeist. As one of the industry leaders and trendsetters in crime & investigation television, Sirens Media has produced close to 500 hours of crime and justice programming for channels including ID: Investigation Discovery, A&E, MSNBC, LMN, TV One and truTV. Sirens Media prides itself on its reputation for quality and integrity, not only in the shows they produce, but also in their stellar reputation among law enforcement agencies, criminal justice officials, and the victims of crime.
About TV One:
Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv) serves 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. The network is the exclusive home of News One Now, the only live daily news program targeting Black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK, www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners.