Cynthia Littleton -Managing Editor: Television
Investigation Discovery has ordered a second season of “Vanity Fair Confidential,” the true-crime docu series featuring investigative reporting drawn from the magazine.
The debut of “Confidential” in January was well timed to tap into the appetite for deep-dive documentaries on crime stories, as evidenced by the success of the podcast “Serial” and HBO’s “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.” “Confidential” also tackled the Durst story this month thanks to the magazine’s earlier reporting on the real estate scion suspected in two unsolved murders.
“The pages of Vanity Fair establish a cultural filter to even the most sensational stories, and we are delighted to announce the renewal of the series as an ode to this unique partnership between Conde Nast and ID, which extends the Vanity Fair brand from its illustrious pages to its television home on ID,” said Henry Schleiff, who oversees ID for Discovery Communications. The second season is to bow next year.
The series is among the first TV success stories to come from Conde Nast Entertainment, the film, TV and digital content production arm, headed by TV vet Dawn Ostroff, of Vanity Fair’s parent company.
“We are thrilled by the audience response and look forward to sharing more of these exciting investigative stories next season,” Ostroff said. Conde Nast also recently landed an order from Amazon Prime for a magazine-style entertainment series “The New Yorker Presents.”
The pickup for “Confidential” comes as the Monday 10 p.m. series unspools its final two segs. Tonight’s installment, “The White House Boys,” recounts a horrific story of murder and sexual abuse a half-century ago at the Florida Home for Boys. The episodes typically feature the original authors of the Vanity Fair stories, such as David Kushner (pictured) in “White House Boys.”
Conde Nast produces “Confidential” with True Entertainment, a unit of Endemol Shine North America. “We cannot wait to enthrall viewers even more in season two,” said True chiefs Steven Weinstock and Glenda Hersh.