A Co-Production from ID, Condé Nast Entertainment and True Entertainment, VANITY FAIR CONFIDENTIAL Season Two Premieres on Monday, January 4, 2016 at 9/8c
(Silver Spring, Md.) –Throughout the years, Vanity Fair has covered some of the most fascinating crimes and dramas of our age, investigating everything from salacious sex scandals to cold-blooded murder at the cross section of power, wealth and celebrity. Investigation Discovery (ID) announced today the premiere of the sophomore season of its hit original series, VANITY FAIR CONFIDENTIAL (12×60), created by Emmy Award-winning True Entertainment in partnership with Condé Nast Entertainment. Offering unprecedented access to the magazine’s award-winning writers and editors, combined with exclusive use of archival images and research from the magazine’s legendary vault of source material, the new season of VANITY FAIR CONFIDENTAL premieres on Monday, January 4 at 9/8c, with all-new stories including a first-hand account from Beverly Johnson and others about Bill Cosby, Robert Sam Anson’s look into the murder of Tupac Shakur, and Clara Bingham’s exposé on accusations of sexual misconduct at the United States Air Force Academy.
“The real stars of VANITY FAIR CONFIDENTIAL are truly the journalists,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. “From Buzz Bissinger to Bryan Burrough to Mark Seal, we are thrilled to partner with these exceptional writers to provide our viewers insight into the tenacity with which they conducted investigations – all of which culminate, after weeks, months and sometimes more in stories that entertain, inform and inspire.”
In a joint statement, executive producers for True Entertainment, Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock, said, “The stories in this series reflect Vanity Fair’s dedication to the truth and to quality storytelling – something that also aligns with True’s mission and values. These are some of the most intriguing, unimaginable and captivating tales of our time; we’re thrilled to continue our collaboration with ID and Condé Nast to bring viewers more compelling real-life dramas this season.”
The first stories featured in season two of VANITY FAIR CONFIDENTIAL include:
NIGHTMARE ON ELWOOD AVENUE by Bryan Burrough (originally published: June 2004)
Premieres Monday, January 26 at 9/8c
A headless torso washes ashore in Galveston, Texas. A mob boss’s daughter is executed – mob style – in Beverly Hills. A millionaire’s young wife goes missing without a trace from her Upper East Side apartment in New York. For more than twenty years, authorities struggle to figure out how all three crimes are connected. Only one man knows with certainty exactly what happened to all three victims. In this episode, Vanity Fair writer Ned Zeman uncovers the tale of “the fugitive heir.”
BURIED ALIVE by Buzz Bissinger
Premieres: Monday, January 11 at 9/8c
In this never before told true-crime drama, fear blankets a small town when a daughter discovers a gruesome scene in the home she grew up in, and, in a neighboring community, a father and son also come face to face with their killers. With hundreds of thousands of dollars stolen from both locations, only one man will live to tell the tale – after being buried alive.
THE KILLING TRAIL by Buzz Bissinger (originally published: February 1995)
Premieres: Monday, January 18 at 9/8c
When two young women are shot execution style, some see the shootings as acts of revenge; to others, they are acts of hate. But to police, they are all too familiar – a “killing trail” eerily similar to 30 murders uncovered in Texas two decades ago.
CODE OF DISHONOR by Clara Bingham (originally published: December 2003)
Premieres: Monday, January 25 at 9/8c
One young woman lives in constant, debilitating fear; another receives death threats. And more than one thousand others also live with a terror that haunts them. They are all members of the American Air Force, and victims of a covert war against women. These American soldiers are determined to take public one of the country’s best-kept military secrets, no matter the consequences.
THE PERFECTLY SINISTER MR. ROCKEFELLER by Mark Seal (originally published: January 2009)
Premieres: Monday, February 1 at 9/8c
The victim of a grisly murder has his skull and jaw shattered into 25 pieces. A seven-year-old girl from one of the country’s wealthiest and most distinguished families is abducted. Both crimes lead to an international manhunt for an exchange student with a dark past. It’s the secret, sordid tale of “The Perfectly Sinister Mr. Rockefeller.”
DAYS OF RAGE by Bryan Burrough (originally published as “Meet the Weather Underground’s Bomb Guru”: March 2015)
Premieres: Monday, February 8 at 9/8c
A townhouse goes up in flames on a quiet Greenwich Village block with evidence pointing to a band of revolutionaries that want to kill people – specifically, the police. A nationwide manhunt begins as investigators track an underground group that will stop at nothing to get what they want. Meanwhile, police wonder how many will have to die before justice is served.
BILL COSBY DRUGGED ME. THIS IS MY STORY. by Beverly Johnson (originally published December 2014)
Premieres: Monday, February 15 at 9/8c
Beverly Johnson became the first black model to grace the cover of Vogue magazine in 1974, catapulting her to celebrity status. In the mid-80s, Beverly receives a call from her agent that Bill Cosby wants her to audition for a role on the The Cosby Show. Encouraging Beverly to come to his house to read for the part, Cosby indicates he wanted to see how she handles various scenes, even suggesting that Beverly pretend to be drunk. As Beverly readies herself to be the best drunk she could be, Cosby offers her a cappuccino from his espresso machine. Reluctantly tasting the cappuccino, Beverly’s head becomes woozy, her speech becomes slurred, and the room begins to spin nonstop. As Cosby places his hands around her waist, Beverly feels her body go completely limp, while her brain switches into automatic-survival mode to make sure Cosby understands that she knew exactly what was happening at that very moment.
VANITY FAIR CONFIDENTIAL is a co-production between Investigation Discovery, Condé Nast Entertainment and True Entertainment. For ID, Pamela Deutsch is senior executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. For Condé Nast Entertainment, Michael Klein and Dawn Ostroff are executive producers. For True Entertainment, Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock and Stephanya Bareham are executive producers.
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 that result, 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 85 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 Condé Nast Entertainment
Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ) develops and distributes premium digital video, television and film worth watching. As a content creator with a legacy of iconic storytelling at our core, we deliver unparalleled access and entertainment that connects on every screen. CNÉ is a division of Condé Nast.
About True Entertainment
Focusing on documentary and alternative programming, True Entertainment uses powerful storytelling to bring real stories about real people to television audiences around the world. Current series include Vanity Fair Confidential for ID; The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Don’t Be Tardy for Bravo; Love Lust or Run, starring Stacy London, and Late-Night Joy, starring Joy Behar, for TLC; Going Deep with David Rees for Esquire; and Hack My Life for TruTV. True is also producing upcoming series The Real Housewives of Potomac for Bravo, premiering in January 2016. In 2003 and 2006, True earned Emmy awards for A Baby Story; the series was also nominated for Emmys in 2004, 2005 and 2007. True also earned a 2003 Emmy nomination for 110 Stories, an Emmy and three nominations for Trauma: Life in the ER, and a 2015 Emmy nomination for Animal Planet’s Too Cute. Founded by award-winning producers Steven Weinstock and Glenda Hersh in 2000, the company is now a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.