Lifetime greenlights two Beyond the Headlines companion documentaries, with award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author Gretchen Carlson, to join the network’s upcoming Ripped from the Headlines slate. Following the movie premieres of Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother’s Fight to Save Her Daughter and The College Admissions Scandal, the new one-hour documentaries produced by A+E Originals, will offer provocative insights and an in-depth look at the people and stories behind the news which captivated the nation. This marks Carlson’s second collaboration with Lifetime, as she executive produced and reported on workplace sexual harassment in the documentary Gretchen Carlson: Breaking the Silence.
The full Ripped from the Headlines movie slate will kick off starting Saturday, September 21 at 8pm ET/PT, and will premiere a new movie each week for four consecutive Saturdays, beginning with Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother’s Fight to Save Her Daughter and concluding with The College Admissions Scandal on October 12, with their corresponding Beyond the Headlines documentaries, with Gretchen Carlson, at 10pm ET/PT.
In Beyond the Headlines: Escaping the NXIVM Cult with Gretchen Carlson, Carlson investigates the shocking and twisted world of one of the nation’s most outrageous cults that trapped thousands and targeted the minds and bodies of young women from around the country. Exploring the inner-workings of the purported self-help group NXIVM, whose former leader Keith Raniere was found guilty of racketeering, sex trafficking and other crimes, viewers will hear an emotional first-hand account from actress Catherine Oxenberg, who shares with Carlson her personal fight to get her daughter out of the NXIVM cult. Further insight comes from a cult de-programmer, as well as individuals who tirelessly worked to expose and take down the NXIVM organization. But is NXIVM finished?
In Beyond the Headlines: The College Admissions Scandal with Gretchen Carlson, Carlson explores the remarkable story of privilege and greed behind the recent college admissions fraud that dominated the headlines and ensnared many celebrities and prominent individuals. An in-depth look at the scandal reveals how wealthy parents sought the help of scam mastermind, Rick Singer, to cheat the system and illicitly pay for their children’s admission to the nation’s most prestigious universities. In the documentary, a family shares with Carlson their personal encounter with Singer, and a former Ivy League dean of admissions sheds light on the high-stakes admissions process and how some will stop at nothing to gain entry. In addition, Carlson speaks with a mother who has filed a $500 billion class action lawsuit against those accused in the scandal.
Beyond the Headlines: Escaping the NXIVM Cult with Gretchen Carlson and Beyond the Headlines: The College Admissions Scandal with Gretchen Carlson are produced by A+E Originals. Gretchen Carlson executive produces alongside Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat, and Patty Ivins Specht for A+E Originals, and Brie Miranda Bryant and Nicole Vogel for Lifetime.
8pm Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother’s Fight to Save Her Daughter
10pm Beyond the Headlines: Escaping the NXVIM Cult with Gretchen Carlson (doc)
8pm Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story
8pm Abducted: The Mary Stauffer Story
8pm The College Admissions Scandal (movie)
10pm Beyond the Headlines: The College Admissions Scandal with Gretchen Carlson (doc)