Audioboom sent out a notice today of its new and returning podcasts in the Audioboom Originals Network. (See the PR here.) We see three new show launches in upcoming months, and a couple of AON podcasts returning for second seasons.
Here are the new ones:
Truth vs. Hollywood (June 2020): Film-loving hosts David Chen (A Cast of Kings & /Filmcast) and Joanna Robinson (The Storm) take a critical look at the real-life stories behind popular movies. From the tragedy of Munich to the fun of Goodfellas, together they’ll explore the movies as well as what really happened, aided by interviews with writers, journalists, and the people who were there. In exploring the true story and how it was portrayed in the film, Truth vs Hollywood examines the larger theme of film versus real life. Series 1 will run for 12 episodes.
Crime Weekly (September 2020) is a new true crime podcast from hosts Derrick Levasseur and Catherine Townsend as they apply years of Private Investigator skills to unpack history’s most unforgettable crimes, and relate them to similar cases dominating the current headlines of the week. Crime Weekly joins the Audioboom Originals Network as the second show co-produced with Main Event Media.
Huddled Masses (Fall 2020), from the award-winning team behind the Dead Man Talking podcast, tackles the story of America in a time of great division. Airing in the run-up to the 2020 Presidential election, Alex Hannaford and producer Peter Sale travel the US border with Mexico in Season 1, meeting the people on the frontline of Trump’s immigration crackdown. In Season 2, they visit the swing states that will decide the election, meeting those for whom the stakes are highest; trans rights activists, Black Lives Matter protesters, and anti-abortion campaigners. Is the country headed for more division, and what will we find out about Trump’s ability to win again?
Two of last year’s successful launches are coming back for second seasons this summer; One is An Hour or So With… Sue Perkins, a conversation show. Upcoming guests include Emma Thompson and Johnny Vegas. The other returning podcast is What Makes A Killer, hosted by Jennifer Nittoso, which will explore the murderous careers of 13 killers around the world.