Fox Nation Bows Three-Part True Crime Series Hosted by James Patterson

The Fox Nation subscription streaming VOD service has debuted a new three-part true crime series, “Unsolved With James Patterson,” hosted by the acclaimed author of Along Came a Spider and other best-sellers.

Patterson examines three unsolved homicides involving the cases of Nanette Krentel of Louisiana, Elizabeth Salgado of Utah, and Brian Egg of California. Each episode features interviews with those closest to the investigations, including friends, family members and detectives as Patterson walks viewers through the timelines and details that continue to unfold.  

Named the best-selling author of all-time by Publisher’s Weekly, Patterson has sold more than 425 million books and published more than 260 New York Times best-sellers. He is the creator of the acclaimed “Alex Cross” series, which will soon air as a television series on Prime VideoHe is also the author of the 24-book series “The Women’s Murder Club,” the creator of the “Jane Smith” series and is about to release a collaboration with Michael Crichton called Eruption.

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Patterson has also published more than 15 non-fiction best-sellers featuring true stories about the Kennedys, John Lennon, and Tiger Woods, as well as military heroes, police officers, and ER nurses. He has also worked with a variety of celebrated co-authors, including former President Bill Clinton and Dolly Parton. His memoir James Patterson by James Patterson was a No. 1 New York Times best-seller.

Comic Dennis Miller to Host New Fox Nation Streaming Docuseries About Infomercials

The Fox Nation subscription streaming VOD service Jan. 10 debuted a new three-episode series hosted by comedian Dennis Miller titled “The Infomercials That Sold Us.”

In the series, Miller provides a nostalgic look back at the years when infomercials ruled late-night TV, featuring interviews with the colorful characters who made these ads.

The comic said the series underscores the humanity of the pitch people, who he says often came from nothing and, armed with self-belief and perhaps a fine mop, made themselves wealthy and famous.

“It’s the ultimate American success story,” Miller said in a statement.

Over the course of three episodes, Miller will walk viewers through the days when infomercials were lucrative, and all celebrities wanted in on the action. The docuseries will feature sit down interviews with fan favorites, including the late Suzanne Somers, who sat down for one of her final in-depth interviews prior to her death in October. Additional appearances include Tony Robbins, Brooke Burke, Melissa Rivers, Leeza Gibbons, Billy Banks and Vince Offer.

Miller is best known for his live talk show, “Dennis Miller Live,” which had a nine-year run on HBO from 1994-2002, and earned him five Emmy Awards and three Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards.

He served as the color commentator for “Monday Night football” and was the “Weekend Update” anchor on “Saturday Night Live” for six years.

Miller also served as the host and executive producer of CNBC’s “Dennis Miller,” a topical interview talk show. In December 2018, Miller released his ninth stand-up special, “Fake News, Real Jokes.” A New York Times best-selling author of four books, Miller has appeared in movies such as Disclosure, The Net with Sandra Bullock, Murder at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and What Happens in Vegas.

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Episode 1: The Innovators

It all started in 1984, when the FCC lifted a rule limiting the amount of commercials stations could run in an hour. Little did they know, they were opening the door to charismatic salespeople taking over late-night TV, hawking everything from exercise equipment, self-help tapes and mops to quick-get-rich schemes. Some of the biggest names from that era, such as Tony Little, Anthony Sullivan and Tony Robbins, share their stories from the early days of the infomercial.

Episode 2: Shining Stars

By the early 1990s, the infomercial business was in a crisis. Lured by easy money, a lot of scammers were flooding the airwaves. Greg Renker, an infomercial pioneer, describes how he saved the business by testifying before Congress and promising the business would clean up its act. A second sea change hit the infomercial business when established stars broke the long-standing taboo against doing TV ads and started cashing in on the craze. Early pioneers such as Leeza Gibbons and Suzanne Somers describe how their gambles opened the door for huge names such as George Foreman, Justin Bieber and Cindy Crawford to join the late-night sales wars.

Episode 3: Internet Killed the Infomercial Star

By the early 2000s, late-night airtime was getting prohibitively expensive, and the infomercial airwaves were dominated by established stars with huge budgets. But there were a few unique salespeople who managed to make themselves rich and famous during that time. Brooke Burke, Billy Blanks and Vince Offer, better known as the ShamWow Guy, share their incredible rags to riches stories. By the early 2010s, the golden age of infomercials was coming to an end — killed off by social media. The episode also features a look at where some of the biggest stars of the golden age of infomercials are now.

Fox Nation SVOD to Stream Exclusive Interview With Convicted Killer Alex Murdaugh’s Son Buster on Sept. 12

Fox Nation, Fox News Media’s subscription streaming video service, will present the new docuseries “The Fall of the House of Murdaugh” on Sept. 12. The three-part limited series features access to the family, friends and defense team of Alex Murdaugh, the once prominent South Carolina attorney who was convicted earlier this year of murdering his wife and son.

Fox News Channel anchor Martha MacCallum fronts the series, which includes a sit-down interview with Murdaugh’s only living son, Richard Alexander “Buster” Murdaugh — his first television interview since being thrust into the national spotlight.

“[The series] features a comprehensive look inside the case that many have tried to tackle since the day the difficult story unfolded,” Fox Nation president Jason Klarman said in a statement.

Over the course of three hours, the series will offer a look into the trial, crimes and complicated life of Alex Murdaugh, who was found guilty earlier this year of murdering his wife, Margaret, and son, Paul, at their estate in Islandton, South Carolina.

The series includes interviews with Murdaugh’s defense team, behind-the-scenes footage before and during the trial, unseen home movies, as well as prison revelations from Alex Murdaugh.

Fox says the series’ “unique assets” will take viewers behind the veil of the Murdaugh’s legal strategy as it happened in real time and will be interwoven with interviews with the lead prosecutor on the case, Creighton Waters, and Attorney General Alan Wilson, who discuss their current strategy.

In addition to the legal component, the series aims to dive into the fraught life of Alex, Maggie, Paul and Buster and their own scandals as a family, including a string of crimes, deaths and mysteries that continued to weave the Murdaugh’s tangled web.

Additional interviews throughout the series include court clerk Rebecca Hill, local attorney Joe McCulloch, Moselle dog kennel manager Roger Dale Davis Jr., Walterboro Mayor William T. Young Jr., the prosecution’s forensic expert Dr. Kenneth Kinsey and more.

Fox Nation to Stream Original Docuseries ‘Jussie Smollett: Anatomy of a Hoax’

Fox News Media’s politically-themed subscription streaming video service Fox Nation will release an exclusive five-part docuseries “Jussie Smollett: Anatomy of a Hoax” on March 13.

The series will feature exclusive interviews with brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, who were part of an elaborate plot to perpetrate a staged hate crime on actor Jussie Smollett (“Empire”), but have never spoken to the media about their role in the hoax.

In January 2019, Smollett claimed to have been attacked on a Chicago street by two men who were said to have shouted “this is MAGA country” while beating hom and putting a noose around his neck. After an investigation, Chicago police uncovered that the attack was staged, and that Smollett had hired the Osundairo brothers to carry out the crime.

On March 10, 2022, Smollett, 39, was convicted on five felony counts for staging the hate crime, sentenced to 150 days in jail and reportedly ordered to pay $120,106 in restitution to the city of Chicago and a $25,000 fine. The actor, who could have been sentenced up to three years for each felony, was released after six days pending an appeal.

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Now, on the eve of the appeal, the series aims to chronicle the behind-the-scenes maneuvering and drama that turned the actor into a social pariah in some circles and a victim in others, leaving a trail of damaged careers and reputations.

“‘Anatomy of a Hoax’ takes a deep dive into a scam that reverberated through the worlds of entertainment, pop culture and politics,” John Finley, EVP of Fox Nation, said in a statement.

Developed by Pilgrim Media Group, the series is directed by Craig Piligian, Nicole Rittenmeyer, Nicholas Caprio, Scott Eldridge and Gloria Rodriguez.

Roseanne Barr Fights Back With Hit Fox Nation Comedy Special

Comic/TV star Roseanne Barr is back with a vengeance.

The Feb. 13 debut of Roseanne Barr: Cancel This! — the first stand-up show by the controversial comedian since her namesake hit TV show “Roseanne” and reputation were simultaneously canceled in 2018 following a tweet about Valerie Jarrett, the black former senior adviser to Barack Obama — is a hit with streamers on Fox News Media’s Fox Nation subscription VOD platform, according to the service.

The conservative-themed platform, which features Fox News personalities such as Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Brian Kilmeade, among others, said Barr’s first-day viewership topped Yellowstone: One-Fifty With Kevin Costner — Fox Nation’s most-watched show of 2022 about the National Park’s 150th anniversary.

A sidebar feature, “Who Is Roseanne Barr?,” was the second-most-watched program of the day, with more than 50% of the viewers on Fox Nation tuned in for the Roseanne Barr-themed content.

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Fox Nation, which launched in November 2018  as a companion to the Fox News Channel featuring opinion-based talk shows and documentaries, has never disclosed viewership metrics or revenue.

In the most-recent fiscal period, Fox said its “other” business segment, which includes Fox Nation, saw revenue increase 13% to $155 million from $145 million in the previous-year period — in part due to higher subscription streaming VOD revenue.

Fox Corp. Sees Q2 Uptick in Tubi Ad Revenue, Fox Nation SVOD Service Subscriptions

Fox Corp. Feb. 8  reported an 4% increase in second-quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2022) advertising revenue to $2.5 billion, from revenue of $2.4 billion in the previous-year period. The media giant attributed the gain in part to upticks in ad sales at Tubi, the company’s free ad-supported streaming TV and AVOD streaming platform, as well as the FIFA Men’s World Cup soccer tournament, strong NFL results at Fox Sports, and higher political advertising at the Fox television stations.

Fox, which acquired Tubi nearly three years ago for $440 million, along with some Wall Street analysts, contend the platform can generate $1 billion in standalone revenue this year.

Separately, Fox said its “other” business segment revenue increased 13% to $155 million, from $145 million, primarily due to the impact of the consolidation of entertainment production companies at the television segment and higher Fox Nation subscription streaming VOD revenue. The SVOD service was launched in 2018 as a companion to the Fox News Channel featuring opinion-based talk shows and documentaries.

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Fox has never disclosed Fox Nation subscriber numbers, with Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch two years ago saying he was more interested in the time subscribers spent on the platform.

“We’re purely interested in the amount of content they are consuming,” Murdoch said on the Q4 2021 fiscal call.