Thursday, June 07, 2007

Yeah, but who killed Sonny Bono?

There's something wacky in the TV world. HBO says there wasn't a conspiracy to kill JFK, while Lifetime says Princess Diana was murdered.

The networks both announced projects that will put unique spins on history for different financial reasons.

HBO is wrapping up a deal with All American everyman hero and Sixties enthusiast Tom Hanks and his Playtone company to produce a 10-part miniseries based on Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's bulky new book, "Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy." The book supposedly debunks every JFK conspiracy theory you can think of, laying out the case that Lee Harvey Oswald as a lone gunman who acted alone.

Lifetime, meanwhile, earns a spot on Oliver Stone's TiVo list with a movie set to air in August, coinciding with the tenth anniversary of Diana's mysterious death in in Paris. This one's a "fictionalized" version called The Murder of Princess Diana. Katherine Morrison from House will play an American reporter who starts her own investigation when she decides the official version is fishy.

We're more concerned about the Bugliosi project, though Hanks and Playtone did slip in a nice tribute to the fake moon landing theories in the Magnificent Desolation Imax moon landing project.

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