NEW YORK, August 7, 2019 -- American Media, LLC today announced two new documentary television specials produced from its AM Studios arm for REELZ. Robin Williams: When Laughter Stops will premiere August 11 and Capturing Chris Watts will premiere September 15.

“These new productions in partnership with REELZ underscore how compelling our unique brand of reporting is across multiple platforms,” said American Media Senior Vice President of Corporate Development Dylan Howard. “Tragedy, crime and the unravelling of the rich and famous have long gripped the American public, while the focus of these productions could not be more different, their stories and the secrets unveiled are equally as shocking.”

Robin Williams: When the Laughter Stops – New special premieres Sunday, August 11 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT. Robin Williams was a towering talent with raucous unbridled energy and a spitfire style of telling jokes but he also battled alcoholism and drug use throughout his adult life. Williams committed suicide by hanging not long after receiving a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease and dementia. In the hour-long special Robin Williams: When the Laughter Stops we examine the dichotomy of his soaring showbiz success and untimely death while separating fact from fiction and creative work from the man behind it to understand not just from where his genius sprung but how that same wellspring lead to his demise. Included are in-depth first person interviews with those who knew Williams in addition to rare archive material laid over rich dramatizations of key moments in his life and career. The special is Executive Produced by Howard and Tom Freestone.

Capturing Chris Watts – New special premieres Sunday, September 15 at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT. He made a brazen missing persons plea for help to find his family just hours after they were reported missing but what Chris Watts didn't reveal was that he had already strangled his pregnant wife Shannan and their daughters four-year-old Bella and three-year-old Celeste. In this chilling hour-long special, Capturing Chris Watts draws upon more than 200 hours of never-before-seen police bodycam footage and surveillance footage from security cameras around the Watts' Colorado home. It gives viewers a riveting inside look at a real-time police investigation as the cold-blooded killer unravels from his distraught family man façade, to the police's interrogation, a failed lie detector test, before he breaks down in a tearful confession to his own father. Examining the footage is an expert panel led by investigative journalist Dylan Howard and includes homicide prosecutor Jarret Ferentino and body language expert Susan Constantine. The trio show viewers each crucial moment and will explain its significance in cracking the case and exposing Chris Watts for the monster he is. The special is Executive Produced by Howard and Chris Lane.

"Our summer and fall programming puts celebrity legends front and center celebrating the pioneers, innovators and creators who have given us so many memorable movies, characters and stories," said Steve Cheskin, SVP of Programming at REELZ. "We also look forward to showing our viewers poignant looks at the real stories that fascinate the public about celebrities and the many sides of fame."

About American Media, LLC
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