or


[05/17/12 - 09:09 AM]
New Smithsonian Channel Series Explores the Science Behind Criminal Investigations - "Forensic Firsts" Set to Premiere Sunday, June 17 at 9PM ET/PT
Each episode weaves together two criminal cases: a headline-grabbing modern murder investigation and the very first case where a forensic technique was invented and tested in court.

[via press release from Smithsonian Channel]

NEW SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL SERIES EXPLORES THE SCIENCE BEHIND CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS

"FORENSIC FIRSTS" SET TO PREMIERE SUNDAY, JUNE 17 AT 9PM ET/PT

New York, NY - May 17, 2012 - DNA Profiling. Toxicology. Ballistics. Today's criminal investigators employ powerful scientific tools to catch bad guys. But where did they come from and how do they really work? A new six-episode series from Smithsonian Channel uncovers the secrets behind the science. FORENSIC FIRSTS premieres Sunday, June 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

FORENSIC FIRSTS showcases the incredible history of the forensic tools we take for granted today. Each episode weaves together two criminal cases: a headline-grabbing modern murder investigation and the very first case where a forensic technique was invented and tested in court. Through the course of the hour, the cases reveal how the science evolved, often from a simple hunch into a sophisticated tool that revolutionizes crime science. FORENSIC FIRSTS features world-renowned forensic scientists, historians, and law enforcement officials who have worked on some of the most high-profile murder cases of the last 50 years.

"One of the Smithsonian Institution's missions has been the development of forensic science," said David Royle, Smithsonian Channel's Executive Vice President of Programming and Production. "In the 1930s, America had few scientists with the skill and knowledge to study bones, so the FBI sought help from the National Museum of Natural History which has the country's largest collection of human skeletons. FORENSIC FIRSTS provides lovers of popular crime dramas with fascinating insights into how the science of crime fighting has evolved."

The series premiere, FORENSIC FIRSTS: DNA PROFILING, will be available one-week prior to its June 17 premiere, for free at www.smithsonianchannel.com and through all of the network's mobile apps.

FORENSIC FIRSTS premiere episodes:

FORENSIC FIRSTS: DNA PROFILING - Premieres Sunday, June 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT - DNA evidence has solved countless murders and exonerated nearly 200 death row inmates, but less than a generation ago, this essential forensic tool did not exist. Then, in 1986, police investigating the rape and murder of two 15-year-old girls in a small English town sought help from a local geneticist and changed the future of crime science. Two decades later DNA profiling has evolved into an essential tool for crime investigators. It would be the key to unmasking one of the most notorious serial killers in American history, a mysterious villain known only by a chilling acronym: BTK - bind, torture, kill.

FORENSIC FIRSTS: FINGERPRINTS - Premieres Sunday, June 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT - In the 1980s, the Night Stalker terrorizes Southern California with a series of break-ins and violent attacks. The critical clue that uncovers his identity comes from a forensic technique first discovered nearly a century earlier in Argentina, from a case involving the murder of two small children. In both cases, the murderers are done in by their own hand. Over the decades, the science of finding and interpreting fingerprints has evolved with new techniques that turn even the smallest clue into formidable evidence.

FORENSIC FIRSTS: SKELETAL SECRETS - Premieres Sunday, July 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT - In 1978, Illinois police investigating a missing teenager make a horrifying discovery - a basement crawlspace filled with bones. The home belongs to John Wayne Gacy, a man who entertains at children's parties as Pogo the Clown. The full extent of his crimes might never have been revealed if not for a sensational missing-person case all the way back in 1897, the very first time forensic anthropology was used in a criminal case. In that nineteenth century case, just four small bone fragments determine the fate of a man known as Chicago's Sausage King. The criminal investigators use similar techniques to convict Gacy, one of the most shocking serial killers in American history.

FORENSIC FIRSTS: INSECT EVIDENCE- Premieres Sunday, July 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT - Bakersfield, California, 2003. Five people are found shot or stabbed to death in their home. The only suspect is the father of the house, Vincent Brothers, but he has proof he was thousands of miles away in Ohio at the time of the murder. An enterprising detective wonders: Could insects in the grill of the suspect's car foil the father's alibi? If so, it would not be the first time forensic entomology broke a case wide open. In 1935, the British pioneer of insect evidence used the life stages of maggots on corpses to solve the shocking murders of two women.

FORENSIC FIRSTS: PROVING POISON - Premieres Sunday, July 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT - For centuries, poison has been the weapon of choice for killers determined to leave no trace behind. Suspecting murder by poison is one thing, proving it is another. In 1840, a determined French prosecutor changes the game by applying the science of toxicology against a woman accused of murdering her husband. By 1993, when a Long Island doctor, Michael Swango, is suspected of killing five of his patients, a new arsenal of nearly untraceable drugs makes proving poison even harder. Investigators turn to new forensic tools that take the search for poisons to the atomic level, and Dr. Death is finally brought to justice.

FORENSIC FIRSTS: SMOKING GUNS - Premieres Sunday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT - In the fall of 2002, the Washington, DC area is terrorized by a rash of sniper shootings. In less than 48 hours, six people are dead. With no witnesses and no suspects, the only evidence left for investigators is the bullets found in the victims. But those bullets can provide critical clues, thanks in part to a case that gripped the nation decades earlier. The mysterious murder of Charles Phelps, a wealthy New York landowner, in 1915 was the first time investigators applied hard science to the forces exerted on a bullet when fired from a gun. As a result, by the time of the DC sniper, ballistics had become a cornerstone of crime science and proved pivotal in solving the case.

FORENSIC FIRSTS is produced by Smithsonian Channel, Story House Productions and Parthenon Entertainment. Executive Producers for Smithsonian Channel are David Royle and Charles Poe. Executive Producers for Story House Productions are Andreas Gutzeit and Anne Garofalo Paterno.

ABOUT SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL

Smithsonian Channel is owned by Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution. Its programs are largely inspired by the assets of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex. Smithsonian Channel features award-winning original documentaries, series, and groundbreaking programs highlighting America's historical, cultural and scientific heritage. Smithsonian Channel brings the American experience home in high definition and Dolby Digital 5.1 and is available to customers of DirecTV, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Cablevision, Verizon, AT&T, and more. Learn more at www.smithsonianchannel.com.





  [may 2012]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)









[07/28/15 - 09:29 AM]
The First Day of the Rest of Their Entrepreneurial Lives Begins Now on the Series Premiere of "Startup U," Airing Tuesday, August 11th, at 10:01PM ET/PT
It's a whole new game when ten savvy, creative and ambitious young adults get down to business and experience seven weeks of hard truths, tough lessons and plenty of drama on the series.

[07/28/15 - 09:28 AM]
ABC Family's Procedural Series "Stitchers" Brings on Damon Dayoub as Series Regular
He'll play Detective Quincy Fisher, an LAPD detective who is brought into the Stitchers program to assist with back-up and support for the team.

[07/28/15 - 09:11 AM]
USA Network Announces Pilot Pick-Up for "Brooklyn Animal Control"
The project follows the inner workings of a secret subdivision of the NYPD that functions as social services for some of the city's most unique citizens - werewolves.

[07/28/15 - 08:41 AM]
Netflix Announces Premiere Dates for "Longmire" and Aziz Ansari's New Series "Master of None"
Plus: animated adult comedy "BoJack Horseman" has been renewed for a third season.

[07/28/15 - 08:36 AM]
"Keith Richards: Under the Influence," the Netflix Original Documentary from Academy Award(R) Winning Director Morgan Neville, to Premiere Only on Netflix September 18, 2015
"There's no one who could bring this unprecedented look into the musical influences of Keith Richards to life as distinctively as Morgan Neville," said Lisa Nishimura.

[07/28/15 - 08:34 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Bachelorette" Goes Out on Top for ABC
The franchise's latest edition closes up more than 26% from a year ago among adults 18-49.

[07/28/15 - 08:03 AM]
Chiller and Shaftesbury Announce Start of Production and Cast for "Slasher"
Chiller's first-ever original series will be filmed in Sudbury, Parry Sound and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario until October 2015, with an eye towards a 2016 premiere.

[07/28/15 - 08:00 AM]
Academy Award Winner(R) Diane Keaton Joins Jude Law in Paolo Sorrentino-Directed "The Young Pope"
Production on the series, which is a joint production of Sky, HBO and Canal +, begins this week.

[07/28/15 - 04:01 AM]
Hallmark Channel Announces Fan Favorite and Network's Most Social Original Series of All-Time, "When Calls the Heart," Is Renewed for Season Three
Hallmark Channel has ordered 10-hours of the season, with a special 2-hour sneak peek premiering Holiday 2015.

[07/27/15 - 05:07 PM]
"Empire's" Jussie Smollett and Bryshere "Yazz" Gray Set to Perform on "Teen Choice 2015" Airing Sunday, August 16, Live on FOX
In addition, Laura Marano, recording artist Shawn Mendes, Ross Lynch and Michelle Rodriguez are among the latest scheduled to appear.

[07/27/15 - 02:09 PM]
NASCAR Sprint Cup Race from the Brickyard Delivers NBCSN's Most-Watched Telecast Ever
NBCSN spins the numbers for Sunday, July 26.

[07/27/15 - 01:42 PM]
"Save My Life: Boston Trauma" Builds on Its Week-Ago Debut by 13% in Adults 18-49 and by 10% in Adults 25-54
ABC News spins the numbers for Sunday, July 26.

[07/27/15 - 01:41 PM]
"Boston EMS" Opens as Saturday Night's Most-Watched Show
ABC News spins the numbers for Saturday, July 25.

[07/27/15 - 01:31 PM]
Video: El Rey Network Releases 37-Minute Super Cut Featuring Wall-to-Wall Action from 37 Episodes of "Lucha Underground"
The epic 39-episode debut season of "Lucha Underground" closes with the unforgettable two-week event beginning with "Ultima Lucha - Part I" airing Wednesday, July 29.

[07/27/15 - 01:07 PM]
Disney XD's "Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything" Scores With Record-Setting Launch
Disney XD further spins the numbers for Wednesday, July 22.