'Mysteries & Scandals' Hosted by Soledad O'Brien Premieres Friday, January 5 On Oxygen

O.J. Simpson, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson are just some of the deaths that will be explored.

Oxygen Media, the new destination for high-quality crime programming, debuts the Wilshire Studios production of “Mysteries & Scandals,” hosted and executive produced by Emmy® and Peabody Award winner Soledad O’Brien, beginning Friday, January 5 at 9pm ET/PT. The 13 episode, hour-long series investigates some of the most legendary and intriguing crimes, murders, and scandals that shook the nation and impacted pop culture through vivid first-hand accounts, re-enactments and archival footage. Power, fame, infamy, envy, obsession and betrayal provide the framework for headlines of the recent past.

“What an amazing opportunity to work with Oxygen on ‘Mysteries & Scandals,’ reliving and retelling some of the biggest stories that captured national headlines,” said Soledad O’Brien. “Through never before seen interviews and meticulous fact-finding, we give viewers a fresh perspective.”

The series will feature notorious true crime stories with O’Brien pulling back the curtain on a wide range of shocking cases, giving viewers exclusive access to family members, friends, witnesses, detectives and jury members directly impacted and involved in each circumstance. She’ll explore celebrity tragedies such as Bobbi Kristina Brown and Whitney Houston’s disturbing parallel deaths, the mysterious demise of both Michael Jackson and Anna Nicole Smith and the crimes and punishment of O.J. Simpson. Additionally, Soledad will take a deep dive into the Wonderland Murders, notorious serial killers of the ‘80s such as Richard Ramirez and Aileen Wuornos, the odd and captivating Slenderman Attacks, and more. 

Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist. O’Brien’s coverage of race issues won her two Emmy awards and she earned a third for her reporting on the 2012 presidential election. Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina for CNN earned her and the network a George Foster Peabody Award. She also won the Peabody for her coverage of the BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill, and her reporting on the Southeast Asia tsunami garnered CNN an Alfred I. DuPont Award.

Mysteries & Scandals” is produced by Wilshire Studios with Betsy Rott and Soledad O’Brien serving as Executive Producers.

Since rebranding as a full-time crime programming destination, year-to-date Oxygen is the fastest growing cable entertainment network among total viewers in total day (up +53%), and Oxygen.com has established itself as the #1 most popular dedicated crime website.

Source:  Nielsen Media Research, 12/26/16-10/29/17.  L7 through 10/15/17 blended with L3 through 10/26/17 and LS through 10/29/17, total day= M-Su 6a-3a. Cable entertainment ranks include all measured ad-supported cable entertainment networks that air in 100% of the daypart. #1 crime site based on comScore with competitive set (lawnewz.com, crimefeed.com, the-line-up.com, crimeonline.com, oxygen.com).

About Oxygen Media:

Oxygen Media is a multiplatform crime destination brand for women. Having announced the full-time shift to crime programming in 2017, Oxygen has become the fastest-growing cable entertainment network with popular unscripted original programming that includes the flagship “Snapped” franchise, “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” “The Jury Speaks,” “Cold Justice,” “Three Days to Live,” and “It Takes A Killer.” Available in more than 77 million homes, Oxygen is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Oxygen anywhere: On Demand, online, or across mobile and connected TVs.

About Wilshire Studios

Wilshire Studios is the unscripted division of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. Wilshire produces and develops unscripted programming for NBC’s Cable Networks, USA, SYFY, BRAVO, E!, OXYGEN, as well as many outside networks that don’t fall under the NBC umbrella such as HBO, Showtime, Discovery, Netflix and HULU.  Wilshire Studios currently has show’s in development with A list, award winning talent including Charlize Theron, Jason Blum, and Ryan Reynolds,  documentary filmmakers Clay Tweel (Gleason) Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost), Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick (The Invisible War), Errol Morris (Academy Award winning, The Fog of War), strategic partnerships with Buzzfeed, Vox Media, and Snap, amongst many others. Wilshire Studios produces E!’s signature Live From The Red Carpet series and beginning in 2018, The People’s Choice Awards. Other credits include Look Book for E!, reality series Giuliana And Bill and Ice Loves Coco, and docu-series True Hollywood Story.

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