discovery+ TRUE CRIME HIGHLIGHTS
Weeks of January 17 and January 24 2022
**All Air Dates Subject to Change
discovery+, the newly launched global streaming service, brings together all of Discovery’s brands and non-fiction content in one place to offer fans unlimited access to the largest collection of real-life entertainment in the world. Featuring a wide range of exclusive series across popular genres, discovery+ offers passion verticals for genre fans, from Animals to Paranormal, Food and Home. In the True Crime category alone, discovery+ contains an unprecedented 5,500 hours of the best mystery and suspense, boasting the largest library of true crime of any streaming service.
discovery+ TRUE CRIME PREMIERES
Two New Episodes Begin Streaming Wednesday, January 26, With Episodes Dropping Weekly on Wednesdays
This true-crime series hosted by Lt. Joe Kenda, one of America’s toughest detectives, features incredibly disturbing and mind-blowing cases from across the country. Lt. Kenda expertly guides us through the complex twists and turns of these bizarre crimes.
· Prodigal Son Premieres Wednesday, January 26
A hardworking father of five lies dead on his kitchen floor with a bullet to the back of the head. To get to the bottom of the mystery, Det. James Colley must untangle a web of twisted relationships and bizarre fantasies.
· The Creek Premieres Wednesday, January 26
A home health care aide’s body floats in a rural Connecticut creek, and detective Garritt Kelly joins the investigation to bring justice to a community gripped by fear. But Kelly will need to employ burgeoning forensic technology to secure a conviction.
INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY PREMIERES
The programs below will premiere on Investigation Discovery as follows:
CRIMES GONE VIRAL
New Episodes Premiere Mondays at 10/9c
This series takes viewers inside the riveting stories behind shocking crimes that go viral. From business security cameras to home surveillance cameras, to doorbell, taxi cab, motorcycle, police and cell phone cameras – someone is almost always watching. Gripping footage of kidnappings, break-ins, wild car chases, violent road rage incidents and other crimes – rack up millions of views. But CRIMES GONE VIRAL goes beyond the jaw-dropping footage to tell the full story. These stories include; good Samaritans who intervene to stop crimes, brave victims who fight back against their attackers, clever prison escapes, a shark heist, a woman who dumps six newborn puppies in a dumpster, and more.
· Car Attacks Premieres Monday, January 24 at 10/9c
A woman responsible for a hit and run is so desperate to evade the police, she becomes dangerously reckless and out of control. And then, when a group of cyclists attack a man driving with his mother, things get downright terrifying.
MURDER IN THE HEARTLAND
New Episodes Premiere Tuesdays at 9/8c
MURDER IN THE HEARTLAND tells the complex and dramatic story of a murder in an entirely new way. Instead of a detective-led traditional whodunit story, each episode is told through the collective point-of-view of a Middle American town and its residents. Every story documents a town and people in the heart of the country, and the provocative crime that tore through it. What unravels over the course of the episode is that these townspeople are not only our storytellers, but they also hold the clues to the puzzle that has forever changed their lives and how they understand their home.
· Betrayal Begins With Trust Premieres Tuesday, January 18 at 9/8c
When childhood friends Phillip Brewer and Jody Fortuna go missing, their families and friends fear the worst. The small town of Gillette, Wyoming bands together with detectives to solve this mystery of jealousy and deception.
· Deadly Double Life Premieres Tuesday, January 25 at 9/8c
Secrets emerge in a quiet neighborhood when young mother Stacey Shoemaker is shot dead. The once tight-knit cul-de-sac in Wagoner, Oklahoma, is now full of suspicions, finger-pointing, and fear.
MURDER UNDER THE FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
New Episodes Premiere Tuesdays at 10/9c
Across the country, high school football unites small-town communities. But when a heinous murder shatters that Friday night dream world, the crime ripples beyond those immediately impacted, and the community will never be the same again.
· Killer in the Field Premieres Tuesday, January 18 at 10/9c
A beloved high school teacher’s mutilated body lies in a field near her home, leaving behind a baffling trail of evidence. One suspect tells a story that makes no sense, but the real killer’s motives are as confusing as they are terrifying.
· Game of Privileges Premieres Tuesday, January 25 at 10/9c
In a struggling Pennsylvania coal town, where high school football is king, the killing of a Mexican immigrant splits the community. When star players emerge as suspects, some locals engage in a cover up that is almost as shocking as the murder.
DEADLY AFFAIRS: BETRAYED BY LOVE
New Episodes Premiere Tuesdays at 11/10c
This enthralling series looks at love triangles gone bad, office romances gone awry and other passionate love affairs that ended in death.
· Handsome and Handy Premieres Tuesday, January 22 at 11/10c
When highschool sweethearts Kay and David Parsons meet their new neighbors, an unlikely romance turns into a deadly obsession. And, an affair with the handsome repairman shatters the Craven’s once-happy marriage.
· Sinful Nature Premieres Tuesday, January 22 at 11:30/10:30c
When a new pastor arrives at their church, Randy and Teresa Stone learn that a passionate affair can lead to murder. Also, a bizarre hunting accident reveals the true motive behind a close friendship.
CALLS FROM THE INSIDE
New Episodes Premiere Wednesdays at 9/8c
It’s an iconic line in any crime story: when a suspect is arrested, they get one call. In reality, once a person enters the criminal justice system, they have multiple opportunities to make calls as they await trial. The vast majority of those calls are recorded. An admission, a threat, a slip of the tongue, a bribe it’s all on tape and the suspect knows it. But this doesn’t always stop them from talking and talking. Calls From the Inside, uses jailhouse phone calls to frame the narrative of murder investigations steeped in mystery.
· Murder Strikes Twice Premieres Wednesday, January 19 at 9/8c
John Peek’s first wife died in an apparent burglary. Now years later, his second wife is killed. Police must determine if it’s just a terrible coincidence. Jail calls, hidden wire conversations, and years of detective work finally reveal the truth.
· Jealousy’s Killer Web Premieres Wednesday, January 26 at 9/8c
In 2017, Julii Johnson lay dead in front of her boyfriend’s home in Warren, Michigan. All evidence seems to point to the boyfriend. As detectives dig deeper, they uncover a complicated plot, and no one is talking except on the jail phone.
CHAOS IN COURT
New Episodes Premiere Wednesdays at 10/9c
This series brings the backstories of the crimes and legal proceedings to the forefront with insightful and of-the-moment analysis from a diverse blue-chip panel of experts, including judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, and criminal psychologists.
· Chances and Circumstances Premieres Wednesday, January 19 at 10/9c
A mother attacks the brother of a world-famous Olympian after a judge acquits him of murder, and a courthouse scuffle leads to a potentially deadly situation. Next, a Zoom hearing takes a scary turn, and four teens escape a juvenile detention facility.
· Acts of Violence Premieres Wednesday, January 19 at 10:30/9:30c
A notorious nanny who viciously murdered two children asks for forgiveness, and a bailiff risks his life to catch a fleeing defendant. Plus, a judge throws a fit and a book at a reluctant jury member, and a woman flashes a judge at a bond hearing.
· Contempt of Court Premieres Wednesday, January 26 at 10/9c
A Tiger King star facing allegations of animal abuse turns on former volunteers, and a judge restrains an out-of-control defendant. A cop-killer spews evil threats in court, and an unlikely group of jailhouse saviors rescues a guard.
· Raise Your Right Hand Premieres Wednesday, January 26 at 10:30/9:30c
Police arrest and tase a black attorney when he shows up to court in street clothes, and a judge’s affair with a key witness comes to light. A public defender fends off an attack in open court, and a heartbreaking childhood leads to a surprise adoption.
The programs below previously aired on discovery+ and will premiere on Investigation Discovery as follows:
PRISONER OF LOVE
Season Premieres on Mondays at 9/8c
Finding true love isn’t always easy, and now more than ever, struggling singles across the country are craving a romantic connection. But sometimes true love can’t be found at the local bars because ‘the one’ is serving time behind them. Enter prison matchmaker, Chelsea Holmes. Chelsea has been connecting with inmates for years through a pen pal program, and recently evolved it into a business matching hopeful singles with prisoners for the digital age. But Chelsea isn’t simply a matchmaker – she’s a hopeless romantic herself, looking for love with someone on the inside. As Chelsea navigates her locked-up love affairs, her clients are trying to manage their own budding relationships with desperate desires for a life of love after a stint behind bars.
· The Prison Matchmaker Premieres Monday, January 24 at 9/8c
After finding love with an inmate, Chelsea Holmes starts a new career as a prison matchmaker. Chelsea matches shy 21-year-old photographer Brey, and Bronx college student Isa falls hard for bad boy inmate Devin.
UNRAVELED: THE STALKER’S WEB
Two-Hour Special Premieres Thursday, January 20 at 9/8c
This special and accompanying podcast explores the multi-decade wrath of Jason Christopher Hughes, who is believed to have stalked and terrorized upwards of 50 victims across more than a dozen states. This podcast reveals dangerous and disturbing accounts from his accusers, exposing how this online predator unleashed vicious attacks that cost people their livelihoods, destroyed their marriages, and drove some to contemplate ending their lives to make it stop. Co-hosts Alexis Linkletter (The First Degree) and Billy Jensen (The Murder Squad) investigate his trail of destruction and talk to his accusers – both men and women – who endured his decades of abuse before they were able to work together to unmask this predator.
2-Hour Special Premieres on Saturday, January 29 at 9/8c
What happens when the “perfect” family turns out to be anything but? This riveting documentary explores the tragic lives and deaths of the Hart family, two women who adopted six children and seemingly led a life of travel, activism and community service. But after countless warning signs that the children could be in danger, their manufactured idyllic facade began to crumble, and lead to a tragic end no one saw coming. Find out what really happened to the Hart family in this two hour special, BROKEN HARTS.
COLD BLOODED ALASKA
New Episodes Premiere on Mondays at 9/8c
Within Alaska’s wild and brutal landscape lurk some of the most dangerous criminals in America. This true-crime series uncovers Alaska’s most disturbing murders and unpacks the extraordinary lengths law enforcement working in the Last Frontier must take to bring the killers to justice.
· The Hunter Premieres Monday, January 17 at 9/8c
In the summer of 2016, a serial killer hunts the streets of Anchorage. This meticulous killer doesn’t leave a trace so the FBI and Anchorage PD must use unconventional techniques if they want to bring this killer to justice.
RELENTLESS: MISSING IN MISSOURI
New Episode Premieres on Sundays at 10/9c
This six-part series follows filmmaker Christina Fontana’s search for a missing woman in Hannibal, Missouri. When she uncovers dark secrets of the town and the missing woman’s family, Fontana questions who she can trust and who might be hiding the truth.
· People Die Around Here Premieres Sunday, January 23 at 10/9c
Fontana shifts her focus to a new lead – the head of an organized crime group who may hold the key to Christina Whittaker’s whereabouts. When a rogue search turns up possible evidence, Fontana isn’t sure who to trust.
· The Devil and the Angel Premieres Sunday, January 30 at 10/9c
Fontana looks for answers after police refuse to pursue the leads she’s shared, and it seems like some on the inside may be undermining her search. Meanwhile, Fontana discovers dark truths about Christina’s past as she plunges deeper into the family.
A TIME TO KILL
New Episodes Premiere on Thursdays at 10/9c
The key to solving the toughest homicides lies somewhere in the final hours of a victim’s life. In A TIME TO KILL, determined investigators must piece together events during this critical window to reconstruct the timeline, unlock the motive, and ultimately close in on the killer.
· A Callous Disregard for Life Premieres Thursday, January 27 at 10/9c
In Brooklyn’s Hasidic community, Menachem Stark enjoys life as a respected businessman and father to seven children. In 2014, his wife calls police when he fails to return home, and a subsequent search leads to a burning dumpster that holds a dark secret.