Following the recent successes of The People vs. O.J. Simpson and Making a Murderer, the National Enquirer—a.k.a the O.G. daddy of true crime reporting—has announced its own true crime series National Enquirer Investigates, which will focus on events such as the death of Whitney Houston, the O.J. Simpson trial (again), and Charlie Sheen’s HIV reveal.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, National Enquirer Investigates “will feature interviews, new evidence and archived documents as well as recreations for a deep dive into celebrity scandals.” Sounds a lot like another great show called Forensic Files—only the Enquirer’s series is produced by the Weinstein brothers, has hour-long episodes, and will focus on people who you’ve already heard of (and might be sick of hearing about).
The premiere will focus on the sudden death of Marilyn Monroe and questions about whether the Hollywood bombshell was actually murdered. According to the announcement, which promises newly released evidence, some of the possible suspects include the mob and the Kennedy family. Other upcoming episodes will focus on the controversy surrounding the deaths of Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston and her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, and the story behind Charlie Sheen’s HIV announcement, which was chronicled extensively in The Hollywood Reporter by National Enquirer editor-in-chief Dylan Howard.
Finally! Someone’s willing to report on Marilyn Monroe and the Kennedys!
“National Enquirer Investigates will directly leverage the world-class reporting of The National Enquirer, its editors and journalists to reveal compelling new investigations into extraordinary Hollywood scandals and mysteries,” said National Enquirer editor-in-chief Dylan Howard in a statement. “...Bringing this iconic brand, and the trust and influence of our reporting to life with National Enquirer Investigates will show why The Enquirer has been one of the most influential media brands for more than 90 years and continues to prove that we are willing to chase down and uncover the stories that others shy away from.”
Indeed, National Enquirer, despite its reputation as a checkout line tabloid, has broken some of the biggest (or most scandalous stories) of the past several decades—including Rush Limbaugh’s painkiller addiction, John Edward’s infidelity, Tiger Woods’ infidelity, and Michael Jackson’s health decline. The paper was also the first to break the news that O.J. Simpson had penned a book called If I Did It, in which Simpson went into “hypothetical” detail of how he “hypothetically” killed his ex wife. In 1997, the Enquirer even lead to the capture of the man who murdered Ennis Cosby (son of Bill Cosby) by offering a $100K reward for information.
National Enquirer Investigates premieres May 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Reelz, a network that I have never heard of, but exists.
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