STARZ ANNOUNCES SEASON TWO PREMIERE DATE FOR THE TRUE CRIME SERIES "WRONG MAN," SET TO DEBUT SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2020
SEASON ONE OF EMMY AWARD(R)-WINNING FILMMAKER JOE BERLINGER'S SERIES HAD REAL-WORLD IMPACT ON THE CASES PROFILED
FOLLOWING THE PREMIERE OF THE FIRST SEASON, CURTIS FLOWERS' DEATH SENTENCE WAS OVERTURNED BY THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT, AND CHRISTOPHER TAPP WAS EXONERATED FROM HIS MURDER CHARGES
Santa Monica, Calif. -
Starz, a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), announced today that the second season of the STARZ Original series "Wrong Man" will premiere at a special time on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT, following the series finale of "Power" on STARZ in the U.S. and Canada. Following the premiere episode, "Wrong Man" will air on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
This groundbreaking, six-episode documentary series from Oscar(R)-nominated and Emmy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost, Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes) examines the cases of three different inmates who are serving life sentences on murder convictions but who claim innocence. The first season of "Wrong Man" had a tangible impact on all three cases that were examined. In the second season, the series will continue to uncover new theories and reveal startling new evidence that could prove that three new inmates are, in fact, not guilty.
Renowned civil rights attorney Ron Kuby, former prosecutor Sue-Ann Robinson, retired NCIS investigator Joe Kennedy, and Ira Todd of Detroit's elite Homicide Task Force return to take viewers on riveting real-time investigations to uncover new evidence, track down key witnesses, consult forensic experts and interrogate the incarcerated.
Two of the three cases will feature female inmates. Vonda Smith was convicted of murdering her grandchild's mother, 21-year-old Jessie Morrison. Morrison was 16 weeks pregnant when her lifeless body was found beaten beyond recognition and dumped along a remote country road. Smith claims that she is innocent and that she loved the victim like a daughter.
Patricia Rorrer, who has been in prison since 1998, was convicted of the horrific murder of a young mother, Joann Katrinak, and her 15-week old son in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania. Rorrer claims the DNA evidence used to send her away is "junk science."
Kenneth Clair was sentenced to death after being convicted of the brutal torture and murder of a young babysitter named Linda Rodgers in 1984 in Santa Ana, California. The only eyewitness to the murder - a five-year-old child - told police officers that a white man did it. Clair is black, and no forensic evidence ties him to the crime scene.
One of the most notable developments from "The Wrong Man" is that the United States Supreme Court struck down the conviction of death row inmate Curtis Flowers, whose case was examined in the first season of the show. Flowers was prosecuted six times for the same crime of quadruple murder - and by the same prosecutor - in a case riddled with evidentiary problems and allegations of racial bias. In his dissenting opinion, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas acknowledged that the case might not have even been heard by the Supreme Court had it not been for the media that reinvestigated it.
The first season also examined the case of Christopher Tapp, who was convicted of the 1996 sexual assault and murder of an 18-year-old girl in Idaho. Tapp was coerced into confessing to the crime after an estimated 150 hours of interrogations, and he was sentenced to life in prison. After Tapp served nearly 21 years of his sentence, the real killer was finally found through forensic genealogy. Tapp's lawyer said, "'Wrong Man's' in-depth investigation into the Tapp conviction helped free an innocent man."
Finally, in the case of Evaristo Salas, also from Season One, the "Wrong Man" investigators interrogated a confidential informant - the main witness against Salas - and he recanted his testimony. As a result of the investigation in "Wrong Man" and the information it uncovered, Salas, who did not have legal representation at the time of filming, was offered pro bono representation by a Washington State attorney, who believes in his innocence. She intends to file a motion for a new trial.
"Wrong Man" is produced by RadicalMedia, Electus (a Propagate company) and Third Eye Motion Picture Company. Catharine Park serves as showrunner and executive producer. Berlinger also serves as executive producer, along with Chris Grant, Drew Buckley and Ben Silverman for Electus (a Propagate company), and Jon Doran and Jon Kamen for RadicalMedia.
Lionsgate retains all rights to the series.
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About Third Eye Motion Picture Company
Third Eye Motion Picture Company is Academy Award(R)-nominated and Emmy(R)- and Peabody- winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger's film and television development company. Berlinger has been a leading voice in nonfiction film and television for over two decades, with a particular emphasis on the criminal justice system. Berlinger's films include the landmark documentaries Brother's Keeper (PBS), a Sundance audience award winner; the Paradise Lost Trilogy (HBO), which helped lead to the release of the wrongfully convicted West Memphis Three after 18 years of incarceration; and Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, a searing investigation into law enforcement corruption at the highest levels (CNN). Six of Berlinger's documentary features have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Berlinger has also been a creator of hundreds of hours of nonfiction television series, including the Emmy(R)-winning "Ten Days That Unexpectedly Changed America" for The History Channel; the Emmy(R)-nominated series "Oprah's Master Class"; the critically acclaimed "Killing Richard Glossip," about an innocent man on Oklahoma's death row for Investigation Discovery; and "Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio," about the opioid epidemic for the Paramount Network. Berlinger's most recent TV series include "Wrong Man" (Starz) an investigation into three cases of potential wrongful conviction, and "Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes" (Netflix), which chronicles the life of serial killer Ted Bundy. Berlinger's narrative feature film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which told Bundy's story through the eyes of his longtime girlfriend, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released worldwide on Netflix in early 2019.
Founded by Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens, who pioneered the global format business in the late 1990s, Propagate has offices in Los Angeles, New York and Paris. Its emerging portfolio includes "November 13: Attack on Paris" and "Haunted" for Netflix, "Lore" for Amazon, "Charmed" for The CW, "In Search Of" for The History Channel and "Planet of the Apps" for Apple. Propagate's expanding portfolio of companies includes Electus ("Running Wild With Bear Grylls," "Jane the Virgin," "Fashion Star"), Big Breakfast ("Adam Ruins Everything"), Notional ("Chopped" food series franchise), Hard Twenty, Incognito, and talent management firms Artists First and Authentic Talent & Literary Management. Silverman and Owens previously founded Reveille, producing hits including "The Office," "The Tudors," "Ugly Betty" and "MasterChef." Silverman went on to serve as co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and to form Electus. Owens served as president of National Geographic Channels.
RadicalMedia produces premium content across all media platforms. With offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, and Shanghai, RadicalMedia is a global intra-disciplinary media company that creates and produces film, television, music programming, commercials, brand partnerships, interactive design, and digital and immersive experiences for all distribution platforms. RadicalMedia is fluent in each and every discipline of storytelling, with accolades that include Oscar(R), Emmy(R), Peabody(R) and Grammy(R) Awards. Recent projects include the multi- platform content initiative, "Design For All" for Target; "Activate: A Global Citizen Movement," for National Geographic; "Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop" for Annenberg Space for Photography; "Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh," for HBO, "Sherman's Showcase" for IFC;