- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - A roundup of news Thursday from the Television Critics Association winter meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs:



The 1950s era comic book series “Tales From the Crypt” is being given another life on the TNT network.

TNT said Thursday it was launching a new block of horror programming that will be curated by filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan.

Its centerpiece will be new “Tales” stories produced by Shyamalan and his business partner, Ashwin Rajan.

The two-hour horror block will begin airing in the fall.

TNT will have long and short-form programming.



Investigation Discovery is taking another look at the Steven Avery case detailed in Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” documentary series.

A special edition of ID’s “Front Page” will provide the latest “critical, crucial evidence” to answer questions surrounding Avery’s prosecution, said Henry Schleiff, ID group president.

The special will be shown this month, Schleiff told a TV critics’ meeting Thursday. It’s being done in partnership with NBC News’ Peacock Productions and will be hosted by “Dateline NBC” correspondent Keith Morrison.

The air date was not announced.

“Making a Murderer” casts doubt on the legal process that lead to the convictions of Avery and his nephew in the death of a photographer, Teresa Halbach. Authorities connected to the Wisconsin case say the series omitted crucial facts in the case.



TNT is ending the crime drama “Rizzoli & Isles” after its seventh season this summer.

The procedural starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, which usually airs during the summer, has been one of TNT’s most popular programs. It features homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles solving crimes in Boston.

But there’s new management at the Turner Networks, with new boss Kevin Reilly favoring edgier fare and stories that develop over time, as opposed to those with individual stories that begin and end each week.

“It had a good run,” Reilly said on Thursday. “It felt like it was time.”


AP Television Writers David Bauder and Lynn Elber contributed to this report.

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