Stay Tuned column: ‘I’ll Be Gone in the Dark’ is an intriguing personal twist on true crime
This week, TV goes behind-the-scenes on “Frozen 2,” dives into an Everest mystery and explores the dark and personal world of a riveting true crime case.
Dispatches: Weekly TV news
Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “Outliers,” is being developed as an anthology series on HBO Max with Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, set to be its first subject.
Setting a high bar for quarantine productivity, “Hamilton” creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, announced that he spent his stay-at-home time working with Disney to create a new animated musical. The so-far unnamed story will be set in Colombia.
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The creative team responsible for the number one animated film in history allows cameras behind-the-scenes to capture the challenges of creating a sequel in the six-part series, “Into The Unknown: Making Frozen 2” (June 26, Disney+).
The “Daytime Emmy Awards” kick off at 8 p.m. ET on June 26 (CBS) with the women of “The Talk” performing hosting duties.
Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams play a small-town Icelandic duo trying to make their pop star dreams come true in “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” (June 26, Netflix).
Trippy, supernatural drama, “Dark,” returns for season three (June 27, Netflix).
In the 1970s and 1980s, a violent predator dubbed the Golden State Killer was responsible for 50 home-invasion rapes and 12 murders. “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” (June 28, HBO), based on true-crime writer, Michelle McNamara’s 2018 book of the same name, explores the case and its mysterious killer but it is also a deeply personal look at the investigation’s impact on McNamara’s life. McNamara died unexpectedly in her sleep in 2016, and her husband, actor Patton Oswalt, turned her work on the case over to trusted people so that it could be published. Two months after it was, the Golden State Killer was captured. With home videos of McNamara, Oswalt and their daughter as well as interviews with her family and the book’s sources, the docuseries is a compelling mix of true crime narrative and McNamara’s pioneering efforts to crack the case.
Hosted by Amanda Seales (“Insecure”), the annual “BET Awards” will be simulcast on CBS (June 28, 8 p.m. ET), the first-time a broadcast network has aired the awards.
On June 8, 1924, Andrew “Sandy” Irvine and George Leigh Mallory disappeared while attempting the first true summit of Mount Everest. “Lost on Everest” (June 30, National Geographic Channel, 9 p.m. ET) sets out to solve the mystery of what happened when the men were enveloped by a storm cloud 800 vertical feet from the summit, never to be seen again. While Mallory’s body was recovered 75 years later, the location of Irvine’s remains is still unknown. Climber Mark Synnott and National Geographic photographer and mountaineer Renan Ozturk lead the expedition.
Report Card: Ratings winners and losers
Winners: The third season debut of Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone” drew the modern western’s biggest audience to date.
Losers: Fox cancelled season 17 of “So You Think You Can Dance” due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Melissa Crawley is the author of “Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television’s ‘The West Wing.’” She has a Ph.D. in media studies and is a member of the Television Critics Association. To comment on Stay Tuned, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter at @mcstaytuned.