Food Network to Present New Special JONAS RESTAURANT: FAMILY STYLE, 12/26

While the Jonas family has fulfilled their dreams of BECOMING one of the most successful families in music, beginning on Monday, December 26th at 7pm ET/PT they are embarking on a new adventure - helping their parents realize a dream of opening a restaurant. This multi-talented family will take Food Network viewers along for every step of this delicious new journey during the half-hour specialJONAS RESTAURANT: FAMILY STYLE. The culinary industry is tough, and it is even tougher without any experience, and with only one week until the grand opening these aspiring restaurant-owners will need the help and support of their whole family!

"For years the Jonas family has entertained audiences with their music, and now we are thrilled to showcase their passion for entertaining with food," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "In this behind-the-scenes special, viewers will see the hard work that goes into opening a new restaurant, and they will be amazed at how the Jonas family comes together to get the job done."

Kevin Jonas Sr. and his wife Denise have spent the past decade helping to grow their sons' musical careers, and have now returned to Belmont, North Carolina to pursue their dream of opening a restaurant that pays tribute to Kevin Sr.'s grandmother, Nellie, as she was the perfect picture of Southern hospitality. Their vision is to create a true Southern country wonderland, filled with delicious food and live music.

With only seven days to complete construction, hire and train the wait staff, and test the recipes before they open the doors, the whole family must come together to get it everything done in time. It is all hands on deck, as Frankie Jonas taste tests the dishes, Kevin Jonas lends a hand with the restaurant's construction, and Joe Jonas shares some helpful lessons with his dad that he learned from his experience opening a restaurant in LA. Nick Jonas also joins to support his parents and celebrate the milestone as Nellie's Southern Kitchen opens its doors for the first time to serve delicious Southern cuisine. To mark the occasion, Joe and his band DNCE give a special surprise performance for all the attendees to enjoy. Classic comfort food, excellent entertainment, and the entire family coming together is the Jonas family recipe for success!

For more food, family and fun, head to your favorite social media channel and use #JonasRestaurant to join in on the conversation.

Jonas Restaurant: Family Style is produced by Lincoln Square Productions.

John Ridley Directing ABC Documentary About L.A. Rodney King Riots

John Ridley is working on another project for ABC — this time, in the unscripted space.

The “American Crime” creator is writing and directing a feature length documentary about the racial tensions in Los Angeles in the ’80s and early ’90s, pegged to the 25th anniversary of the Rodney King Riots.

The two-hour doc, “Let It Fall: LA 1982-1992,” will air on ABC in spring 2017.

The documentary will begin a decade before the Rodney King Riots and will culminate with the uprising, rioting, looting and gun violence the followed after the Rodney King case verdict. The project will showcase stories of individuals caught up in the tension, featuring interviews with diverse people of all communities that become involved at the time: black, white, Hispanic, Korean, Japanese Americans, plus police commanders, patrolmen and members of city government.

“With many of the films I’ve been a part of, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to take the past and make it present. For me, the documentary space is about allowing people who have lived history to tell their stories in their voices,” said Ridley in a statement. “Unlike many of us, there are some at the center of the Los Angeles uprising who cannot move on from the events of nearly 25 years ago. As we all still live with a number of the same issues that led to the uprising, they still live with a single event. What those individuals recall, and what they survived, urgently needs to be expressed.”

 

Ridley — known for his his Oscar-winning film “12 Years A Slave,” and his gritty, broadcast anthology series “American Crime,” which returns with its third season next year on ABC — is producing the L.A. doc with ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions. He will be working with a team of ABC News journalists, including executive producer Jeanmarie Condon.

“John is committed to seeing the humanity in everyone on all sides of this story,” said Condon. “He has a unique way of looking at questions of race and class and conscience. We are all so humbled that the participants have entrusted us with their most personal and emotional memories of this time.”

“Let It Fall: LA 1982-1992” comes at a time of racial tensions across the United States, highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movements and multiple police shootings that have garnered national media attention and controversy. The documentary joins a growing trend of police brutality-centric TV projects, such as Fox’s “Shots Fired,” which will premiere next month at Sundance.

The doc is not Ridley’s only L.A. riots-themed project: he is also directing a film about the 1992 uprising, based on his own script and hailing from Imagine Entertainment.

 

Scott Foley, Dave Annable to Star in Jeffrey MacDonald True Crime Murder Movie on Investigation Discovery

Investigation Discovery has greenlit a five-part true crime movie series. The first TV film, titled “Final Vision,” will center around the infamous Jeffrey MacDonald murders with Scott Foley starring as the title character.

Foley will portray MacDonald, who was convicted of brutally murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters in the middle of the night. The television movie will be told through the eyes of bestselling author Joe McGinniss — played by Dave Annable — who was asked by MacDonald to write a book about his “personal nightmare” as he claimed he was flasely accused and was about to go on trial.

The film begins as a story about an innocent man being railroaded by a flawed legal system, then taking viewers through a twisted psychological thriller that exposes a sinister man, behind a charming and heroic façade. In real life, the MacDonald case is the longest-running criminal case in U.S. history.

The MacDonald-centric project is the first of five TV movies, all of which hail from Lincoln Square Productions for Investigation Discovery.

“The story of Jeffrey MacDonald proves the old adage that truth is often stranger than fiction,” said Henry Schleiff, group president of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America. “The MacDonald murders took place more than 30 years ago, and yet the ‘did he or didn’t he’ story still resonates today as a mystifying study of human nature. True crime has never been a more popular than it is now, and we are thrilled that through our partnership with Lincoln Square Productions, we are cementing ID’s place as the home for powerful true-crime storytelling.”

Morgan Hertzan, SVP of Lincoln Square Productions, added: “The terrific team at ID has tapped into an insatiable appetite for real mystery and suspense. We’re proud to be their partners for ‘Final Vision’ and the movies to come. The twists and turns in this drama are a perfect match for America’s fascination with true crime stories. The cast, led by the very talented Scott Foley, tell a riveting story that has only become more mysterious with time.”

“Final Vision” is written by Denis O’Neill and will be directed by Nicholas McCarthy. Executive producers are Christine Connor, Linda Berman and ID’s Angela Bromstad is executive producer. It goes into production this month and will premiere in 2017, though no premiere date has been set.

The film series is the latest true crime project to come to television. The trend kicked off with HBO’s “The Jinx,” which was about Robert Durst, and then was followed by the critically-acclaimed Emmy-winner “The People vs. O.J. Simpson” on FX and CBS’s “The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey.” Also in the works is NBC’s scripted series about the Menendez brothers, and USA Network’s Tupac/Biggie Smalls pilot “Unsolved,” which is currently in development.

“Scandal” star Foley is repped by ICM Partners, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Jason Sloane. Annable is repped by UTA and manager Sue Leibman of Barking Dog Entertainment.

Investigation Discovery Opens the Vault Once More for a Brand New Season of ‘Barbara Walters Presents’

Pulling from the vault of one of the most legendary journalists of all time, BARBARA WALTERS PRESENTS returns for a second season, revealing exclusive interviews from scandals that captivated the nation. ID and ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions marry gripping interviews from the past and present as Walters leads viewers through three explosive stories: Michael Jackson, Leona Helmsley and Gary Hart. Just as fascinating as the stories themselves, are those that tell them. In all-new interviews, Walters speaks with Tito Jackson, Michael Jackson’s older brother and Jackson 5 bandmate, as well as TJ Jackson, Michael’s nephew and guardian of his children ; Rudy Giuliani, the prosecutor for Leona Helmsley’s “tax cheating;” and Donna Rice, the woman who’s alleged relationship with Gary Hart sparked his political downfall. They—and others—share their thoughts in BARBARA WALTERS PRESENTS premiering on Tuesday, December 6 at 8/7c on Investigation Discovery (ID).

Through careful analysis of the evolving landscape and growing influence of media coverage, BARBARA WALTERS PRESENTS draws conclusions as to why these three fell under public conviction in the height of their careers. Not common in true-crime, Walters examines those who were brought to trial by the press, blurring the line between what is rumor and what is fact. With an unparalleled talent to get to the heart of every story, each hour-long episode relies on Walters’ new and archived interviews as she unravels the humans within them.

History to Premiere 2-Hour Documentary ISIS: RISE OF TERROR, 11/13

From a local militia run by a former criminal to a self-proclaimed state able to inspire horrific incidents around the world, ISIS: RISE OF TERROR reveals the genesis and growth of the group that has become the world's most feared terrorist organization. The new two-hour documentary premieres Sunday, November 13 at 9PM ET/PT on HISTORY(R).

"ISIS: Rise of Terror" examines the fateful turning points during America's war in Iraq that helped the Islamic State climb to power, expand its reign of deadly terror around the world, and fight against the present operations to roll back its territory. The program delves into the ideas that have made ISIS fighters so lethal during the Iraqi army's current campaign to recapture Mosul and the future offensive to retake Raqqa in Syria. The documentary features interviews with influential U.S. policymakers, generals and intelligence officials including two former Directors of the CIA, General David Petraeus and Michael Hayden; former Commander of the U.S. Marines in Iraq, James Mattis; former Presidential Envoy to Iraq, Paul Bremer; two former Secretaries of Defense, Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel; two former U.S. Ambassadors to Iraq, Ryan Crocker and Zalimay Khalizad; and former Ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford.

Additionally, "ISIS: Rise of Terror" features new interviews with survivors of major ISIS terror attacks and a rare interview with ISIS recruit, Michael "Younes" Delefortrie, who is currently on probation for belonging to a terrorist group, yet is unabashed in his continued support for the Islamic State and its powerful ideology. Delefortrie provides an unflinching look inside the so-called Caliphate and the violent world view that has made the fear of terrorism a fact of daily life in the 21st century.

"ISIS: Rise of Terror" is produced for HISTORY by Lincoln Square Productions. Executive producer for Lincoln Square Productions is Terence Wrong. Kristen Burns and Russ McCarroll serve as executive producers for HISTORY(R).

‘The View’ Primetime Election Day Special To Air On Lifetime

The View co-hosts Joy Behar, Jedediah Bila, Candace Cameron Bure, Sara Haines and Sunny Hostin will host a special primetime Election Night edition of their ABC daytime talker at 9 PM Tuesday on Lifetime. The View Den Mom Whoopi Goldberg’s name was not on the list in ABC’s announcement.

Special correspondent SuChin Pak will provide live reports from the ground in Times Square that night and ABC News’ Juju Chang will share up-to-the-minute election results. Panelist Raven-Symoné, who had publicly pledged to move to Canada if the election doesn’t go her way (but also recently announced she’s leaving The View to move back to Los Angeles to develop a That’s So Raven reboot) will share her home search experience with FYI’s Tiny House Nation hosts John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin. Once the results are in, viewers will see if Raven will be moving into her “tiny house” in Canada or staying in the United States, ABC said in today’s announcement.

The View Live Election Special will feature messages from Lena Dunham, Kathy Griffin, Will Forte, Tom Bergeron and UnReal‘s Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer, among others.

The 2½-hour broadcast also will include former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, Kathy Najimy, Vivica A. Fox, Mario Cantone, D.L.Hughley and Donald Trump impersonator Anthony Atamanuik.

The View Live Election Special will be produced by ABC in association with Lincoln Square Productions and executive produced by The View’s Candi Carter with Brian Teta as co-executive producer, Danielle Rossen for Lincoln Square Productions and Mary Donahue for Lifetime. Hilary Estey McLoughlin serves as executive in charge for Lincoln Square Productions.