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Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Fox will counter-program the Emmys with a Charles Manson true-crime documentary special
Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes will air Monday, Sept. 17, opposite NBC's broadcast of the Emmy Awards.
Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 1:20PM EDT
Reelz to air a docuseries on Charles Manson's grandson
The four-part Manson's Bloodline will tell how Jason Freeman came to terms with his grandfather's murder spree.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 2:05PM EDT
Fox orders a Charles Manson documentary narrated by Liev Schreiber
The two-hour documentary special Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes will share unseen footage of the Manson family. It's the latest Manson project with the 50th anniversary of the Manson murders coming next year, but no air date was announced.
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 1:47PM EDT
Travel Channel star began working on a Charles Manson TV documentary shortly before the cult leader died
Ghost Adventures host Zak Bagans got the idea to make a Manson's Bloodline documentary after meeting with Manson's grandson. Bagans hasn't lined up a network for his film, but says the documentary will cover everything from Manson's life in prison to the battle over his body.
Posted Tuesday 11/21/17 at 9:19PM EST
Why are there so many cults on TV all of a sudden?
It’s not just Charles Manson and American Horror Story: Cult. Paramount Network will soon come out with Waco based on David Koresh, Jake Gyllenhaal and A&E are working on an anthology series on cults for A&E, and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is developing a Jonestown miniseries for HBO. “What specifically about cults is making them such a huge part of American entertainment right this second?” asks Adam Epstein. The recent American Horror Story: Cult season may hold a clue, he says, noting that “the prevalence of cults on TV simply reflects an America, and much of the world, that’s devolving further and further into tribalism.”
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 11:08PM EST
In the weeks before his death, Charles Manson loomed large on TV
The notorious killer was mentioned on Netflix’s Mindhunter, which premiered last month. He's also directly acknowledged on Season 2 of Search Party, which kicked off last night. And it was just two weeks ago that Evan Peters portrayed Manson in the episode “Charles (Manson) in Charge,” which reenacted the night of the Manson murders. Manson was also the subject of last week’s season finale. ALSO: Bryan Cranston claims he saw Manson when he was age 11 or 12.
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 1:56PM EST
Why is TV so obsessed with Charles Manson?
Source: New York Post
Manson, who died last night at age 83, is still relevant on TV and in pop-culture 48 years after his notorious killings. CBS made two Helter Skelter movies about Manson — one in 1976 starring Steve Railsback and one in 2004 starring Jeremy Davies. In recent years, Manson has been a subject in TV series like Aquarius, American Horror Story: Cult and even Mad Men. In March, when ABC News scheduled a Charles Manson special, Michael Starr tried to find out why Manson was “homicide’s go-to guy" on television. Starr asked former Manson actor Railsback, who sent a good luck note to Davies. “They’ve done so many things on him so many times, and I’m going, ‘Why is that?’” said Railsback. “I don’t know what it is.” ALSO: Hollywood and pop-culture often used Manson as “a hackneyed shortcut to outrage.”
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 12:56AM EST
How American Horror Story: Cult failed angry women
Source: The Atlantic
The subject of angry women loomed over the Cult season that started so promisingly, yet the FX series “returned to its favorite tricks, eschewing socio-cultural analysis for shock and gore,” says Sophie Gilbert. She adds: “In the series, it seems, no fertile woman can go un-impregnated, whether by a ghost in a black rubber fetish suit, or by a man being simultaneously penetrated by her brother. Mothers inevitably wreak horrific damage on the vulnerable psyches of their children. And rape is so repetitive a plot device on the show as to have become completely meaningless. Given such depictions, and their prevalence across culture, is it any surprise women are so mad?”
Posted Wednesday 11/08/17 at 12:00AM EST
How American Horror Story: Cult recreated the Manson Murders
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Ryan Murphy had been wanting to devote a season of American Horror Story to Charles Manson for several years. "I had been working on it and researching it, but it never felt right to me because it's been done a million times and I didn't know how to make it fresh," he says. "But the thing that I just kept being drawn back to was the idea about cult of personalities.”
Posted Friday 10/20/17 at 4:11AM EDT
See Evan Peters as Charles Manson on American Horror Story: Cult
“Evan Peters or Charles Manson?” Ryan Murphy asked in an Instagram post.