E! Debuts New Original Series THE SHOCKING TRUTH, February 6

— January 26, 2017

– The 12-episode, 30-minute series comes from Calgary-based Pyramid Productions –
– From infamous serial killers to paranormal anomalies, THE SHOCKING TRUTH explores the real-life events that inspired Hollywood’s most memorable crime stories and thrillers –
– Series features interviews with Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, and more –
– Companion podcast released with each episode, available on iTunes –

“Whenever feasible, one should always try to eat the rude.” - Dr. Hannibal Lecter TORONTO (January 26, 2017) – E! debuts new Canadian original series THE SHOCKING TRUTH from Calgary-based Pyramid Productions, Mondays at 9 p.m. ET beginning February 6. Exploring the real-life events that inspired Hollywood’s most memorable crime stories and thrillers, the 12-episode, 30-minute series also features a behind-the-scenes look at the stars of these iconic films, including Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs) and Ryan Reynolds (Amityville Horror), as they recount how they prepared for their legendary roles, and how these shockingly true stories informed their performances. Two back-to-back episodes of THE SHOCKING TRUTH air weekly, kicking off with the frightening stories behind films The Silence of the Lambs and Amityville Horror, Monday, Feb. 6 beginning at 9 p.m. ET on E!. To watch the series premiere, click here. Every Monday night following the premiere of each new episode, a companion podcast debuts on iTunes. THE SHOCKING TRUTH PODCAST delves deeper into the stories featured, offering extended interviews with experts. In each episode of THE SHOCKING TRUTH, the real stories behind Hollywood’s scariest blockbusters are explored through bone-chilling re-enactments, archival interviews with the stars who took on these iconic characters, and interviews with the real-life police investigators, eye-witnesses, and family members depicted in the films. Celebrity interviews featured in the series include:
  • Anthony Hopkins on his Oscar®-winning role as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, a story inspired in part by infamous serial killer Ted Bundy.
  • Linda Blair on playing the lead role in The Exorcist, one of the highest-grossing films of all time, based on an exorcism performed in 1949.
  • Ryan Reynolds on his starring role in the remake of the 1979 classic Amityville Horror, which tells the story of a mass-murder and the persistent paranormal activity in the suburban Amityville home where it happened.
  • Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr. on their roles in the David Fincher-directed Zodiac, based on the horrific unsolved murders carried out by the Zodiac killer in the 60s and 70s.
  • Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo on their roles in the Oscar®-nominated Foxcatcher, the story of John E. du Pont, the heir to a billion dollar fortune, whose wrestling obsession ends in a grisly murder.
THE SHOCKING TRUTH is produced by Pyramid Productions in association with Bell Media. Buddy Day is the creator, Sheila Rae is Showrunner. Kirstie McLellan Day and Larry Day are Executive Producers. Danielle Pearson is Production Executive for Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media.

About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, and MASTERCHEF CANADA. Upcoming original series on CTV include CARDINAL and THE DISAPPEARANCE. Among the original series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV comedies LETTERKENNY and RUSSELL PETERS IS THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER, Comedy’s new satirical news series THE BEAVERTON, and nine new series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.


About E!
E! is television’s top global destination for all things pop culture. The network is currently available to 6.5 million cable and satellite subscribers across Canada. E! content is available anytime and anywhere, including eonline.ca@EOnlineCanada, Facebook, and other emerging platforms. The pulse of pop culture, E! features a variety of programming including hit reality series, fascinating profiles of the world’s biggest stars, up-to-the-minute entertainment news, witty talk series, and the best live red carpet coverage from Canada and around the world. E! is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.


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