ID and NBC News aren’t the only ones taking issue with Netflix’s Making A Murderer.
HLN this morning said tonight it will air “evidence you didn’t see in Making A Murderer,” in Nancy Grace Mysteries: Teresa Halbach. In the one-hour special, premiering at 8 PM (and repeating Saturday at noon and Sunday at 10 PM), Grace will “guide” viewers through the “crucial evidence that was not exposed” in the Netflix docu-series. Interviews include former Calumet County (Wis.) District Attorney Ken Kratz, Manitowoc County Sheriff Robert Hermann – and, of course, Grace’s 2005 interview with Steven Avery. She’s got no fewer than nine reasons she’s sure Avery murdered Halbach.
HLN’s rush to air its Making A Murder rebuttal gets Grace out in front of Fox News Channel’s Making A Murderer rebuttal. Steven Avery: Guilty Or Framed? A Justice Special is set for tomorrow night at 8 PM, hosted by former Westchester County (NY) prosecutor turned Fox personality Jeanine Pirro.
Yesterday, Investigation Discovery said it was partnering with NBC News’ Peacock Productions on Front Page: The Steven Avery Story, slated to air late this month. Dateline NBC correspondent Keith Morrison will host the special, which ID says aims “to provide viewers with critical details surrounding the case” and “inform viewers in light of the nearly 300,000 people calling for the release of Avery.”
Netflix hit the marketing motherlode when not one but two petitions of outrage were created by fans of the docu-series, inspiring TV News operations – and late-night hosts – to jump in. One of the petitions is addressed to the White House; the other posted on Change.org. Most signers demand Avery’s release, including the one urging President Barack Obama do so, though, of course, the Constitution does not give him that power. Almost all petition signers based their anger on their viewing of the Netflix series, which some critics, including Grace, have said withheld important information.
Making A Murderer, from directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, premiered last month on Netflix. The series questions Avery’s arrest and murder conviction for the 2005 killing of Hallbach, a photographer.