Aaron Hernandez docuseries is in the works
1. There was a documentary TV series about Aaron Hernandez in the works before he was found dead on Wednesday. A company called Blackfin went into production on the show earlier this year, chronicling the past four years in the life of the former New England Patriot in the manner of “Making a Murderer.” “The Hernandez case has been a compelling investigation,” Geno McDermott, CEO of Blackfin, told Deadline on Wednesday, “but as a result of this horrific turn of events, the focus of the project will experience an obvious shift.” Blackfin is going to try to sell the series to a streaming service or cable network next week. Author and Yahoo columnist Dan Wetzel is writing the docuseries script.
2. Will Netflix buy the Hernandez series? The streaming home of “Making a Murderer” just dropped a compelling trailer for its next docuseries, called “The Keepers.” Due May 19, it’s about the unsolved murder of a Baltimore nun named Sister Cathy Cesnik, who disappeared in 1969 at the age of 26. The story will include themes involving clergy sex abuse, repressed memories, and a cover-up. It is directed by Ryan White, who made “The Case Against 8,” the documentary on the effort to overturn a California ban on same-sex marriage.
3. The website TVLine had a big question for Lena Dunham this week, after the series finale of “Girls.” Dunham had her character, Hannah, call her baby Grover, since the baby’s father, Paul-Louis (Riz Ahmed), liked the name. But did Dunham have a middle name in mind for the child? She tells TVLine she did indeed: It’s Theo. Grover Theo Horvath.
4. HBO is developing a remake of the 1966 film “Fahrenheit 451,” which is based on Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel about a world where books are illegal. Michael B. Jordan (“Friday Night Lights”!) will play Montag, a young firefighter, and Michael Shannon will play Beatty, his captain.
5. National Geographic just announced two new docuseries, one from Jay Z, the other from Katie Couric. “Race With Jay Z” will look at America in the wake of the Trump election. The untitled six-episode Couric project will find her exploring contentious subjects involving religion, sexuality, and money.