AMERICA'S LEADING TRUE CRIME NETWORK, INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY AND BESTSELLING AUTHOR, JAMES PATTERSON WRITE THE BOOK ON INTRIGUE AND DECEIT IN ALL-NEW SERIES, "MURDER IS FOREVER"
-Six-Part True Crime Television Series to Debut on Monday, January 22 at 10/9c, Following the Publication of Patterson's Accompanying Paperback Titles -
(Silver Spring, Md.) - Sinister thoughts, deepening resentment and manipulative mind games are temporary - but MURDER IS FOREVER. Investigation Discovery today announced the premiere date for MURDER IS FOREVER, an all-new dramatic series created in partnership with bestselling author James Patterson and the Emmy-winning producers at Stephen David Entertainment. MURDER IS FOREVER - Patterson's first foray into true-crime television, based upon the authentic stories featured in his upcoming paperback books - is set to debut on ID on Monday, January 22 at 10/9c.
"You can't make up the astonishingly twisted tales featured in MURDER IS FOREVER - even with James Patterson, the greatest storyteller of our time, at the helm," said Henry Schleiff, Group President, Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. "The combination of best-selling author, Patterson, and ID, America's most-watched true-crime network, produces a uniquely irresistible offering for both of our passionate readers and viewers, who will no doubt agree that truth is stranger than fiction."
James Patterson said, "My goal for both the books and television show was to create a groundbreaking series that shatters the true crime mold and attracts the widest possible audience. These stories won't disappoint readers or viewers - and they'll be shocked that they actually happened."
Each hour-long episode of MURDER IS FOREVER presents a unique murder mystery that keeps viewers guessing until the very end - but perhaps the most shocking thing of all, is that these stunning crimes are 100% real. Each self-contained story will live both on-screen and within the pages of Patterson's true crime paperback titles, which correspond to each episode, will be published beginning January 2, 2018 and available everywhere books are sold.
The premiere episode of MURDER IS FOREVER features the story of Frank and Nancy Howard, a devoted, church-going couple who were pillars of their Carrollton, Texas community. But in the summer of 2009, a hit man showed up at their door, forever changing their lives. As investigators track down leads, an intricate murder plot is revealed - stretching back more than two years, involving more than a dozen people and over $3 million.
Additional episodes of MURDER AS FOREVER are as follows:
Mother of All Murders - Premieres Monday, January 29 at 10/9c
Young Gypsy Blanchard was chronically sick, but she remained remarkably positive thanks to the doting care of her mother, DeeDee. Together, they captured the hearts and prayers of everyone they met - and when one of them is found dead, a community is left in shock as police struggle to find answers.
Home Sweet Murder - Premieres Monday, February 5 at 10/9c
Leo Fisher and Sue Duncan were a happily married couple living in McLean, Virgina. But one quiet November evening, while they're preparing dinner, the doorbell rings - and their world changes forever. Held hostage and mercilessly interrogated, it becomes clear that the invader is working with an accomplice - and they're not leaving until they get what they want.
Murder on the Run - Premieres Monday, February 12 at 10/9c
Detective Derek Mois, a veteran with Omaha Police Department, responds to a horrific double homicide involving an 11-year-old boy and the family's housekeeper. With the community on edge and police racing against the clock to make a capture, another murder takes place on the other side of town. Are the two crimes connected? And can police make an arrest before the killer strikes again?
Murder Beyond the Grave - Premieres Monday, February 19 at 10/9c
The small town of Kankakee, Illinois is about an hour's drive south of Chicago, and is well-known as a quiet summer retreat. But nearly 30 years ago, this idyllic community was rocked by a kidnapping and ransom scheme that targeted one of its most beloved citizens - shocking the town, and the nation.
Murder in Paradise - Premieres Monday, February 26 at 10/9c
Bonnie and Jim Hood, a wealthy couple from Newport Beach, California, thought they had found the perfect passion project when they purchased a resort lodge in the Sierra Nevada mountains. But while renovating the lodge, Bonnie upsets area locals who want the property to remain unchanged. As tensions escalate, violence erupts - leading to two homicides. But is it as simple as it seems? Or will authorities be pushed to their limits to solve this case?
MURDER IS FOREVER is produced for Investigation Discovery by Stephen David Entertainment, with James Patterson, Stephen David, Tim W. Kelly, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Elizabeth Devine as executive producers. For Investigation Discovery, Thomas Cutler is senior executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President.
About Investigation Discovery
Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading mystery-and-suspense network on television. From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to the in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries behind these "real people, real stories," the always revealing network challenges our everyday understanding of culture, society and the human condition. One of our nation's fastest growing cable networks, ID delivers the highest-quality programming to more than 86 million U.S. households and is available in both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD). For more information, please visit InvestigationDiscovery.com, facebook.com/InvestigationDiscovery, or twitter.com/DiscoveryID. Investigation Discovery is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world's #1 pay-TV programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories.
About James Patterson
James Patterson is the world's bestselling author, best known for his many enduring fictional characters and series, including Alex Cross, The Women's Murder Club, Michael Bennett, Maximum Ride, Middle School, I Funny, Word of Mouse, and Jacky Ha-Ha. Patterson's writing career is characterized by a single mission: to prove to everyone, from children to adults, that there is no such thing as a person who "doesn't like to read," only people who haven't found the right book. He's given over a million books away to school kids, over 40 million dollars to support education, and endowed over five thousand college scholarships for teachers. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family. Learn more at www.jamespatterson.com
About Stephen David Entertainment
Stephen David Entertainment (SDE) - a Banijay Group Company - is an Emmy(R) Award-winning, New York-based production company. SDE counts The Men Who Built America (History), The World Wars(History) and The Making of the Mob (AMC) among its popular, hybrid documentary series. In the six years since its inception, SDE has developed numerous docudrama mini-series and select scripted projects, utilizing high-end production techniques and cutting-edge VFX. In 2015, the company's scripted mini-series Sons of Liberty aired on History Channel, delivering stellar ratings and critical acclaim, including a WGA award nomination. In 2016, SDE debuted its first series with Netflix, Roman Empire: Reign of Blood and in 2017, SDE debuted its first series with Amazon American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, a 10-hour hybrid series produced in partnership with Hugh Hefner and Playboy.