What’s on TV tonight?

Date: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

By Dave Walker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The Times-Picayune 
February 16, 2015

Here’s what’s on TV tonight: “Vanity Fair Confidential” (8 p.m., ID) brings an episode based on an investigation that starts with an almost deadly assault in Florida and then incorporates crimes in New Orleans and Colorado in the yarn. There’s a colorful private investigator, Florida’s Ken Brennan, and an accomplished journalist, Mark Bowden, to help tell the tale.

The episode’s subtitle: “The Case of the Vanishing Blonde.”

Combining the resources of Vanity Fair and the production company True Entertainment, the series debuted Jan. 19. Its dozen episodes all spring from stories that have appeared in the magazine, a unique premise.

“These are some of the most well-researched, intricate tales of love, deception, and devious deeds of the rich and powerful ever told,” said Henry Schleiff, group president of a suite of Discovery Networks channels, including Investigation Discover, at the Winter TV Tour in Hollywood. “And as such, ID will tell them in a different way, featuring the unique editorial voices of the experienced investigative journalists who first brought these stories to national attention in the magazine.

“From ID’s perspective, the unique selling proposition, if you will, of this show is that we had access to these incredibly articulate — on the page for sure — writers. So you don’t get that in most of what we do, by definition.”

Nobody involved in Monday’s episode, except for the hotel that hires Brennan to investigate the initial case, could be described as rich and powerful. Still, Bowden’s original story – read it here, it’s a corker  – provides a compelling template for an hour of true-crime television.