L.A. has got to be America's, if not the world's (sorry Paris), preeminent city of noir. And now the contemporary master of noir-lit, James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential, The Black Dahlia) is bringing the city's dark side to television with James Ellroy's LA: City of Demons.
The six-episode show will look at real-life cases through the eyes of Ellroy, police, prosecutors and even jurors.
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Shows will cover the 1958 homicide of Ellroy's own mom (which he touches on in his latest, The Hilliker Curse), the mob-vs.-the LAPD, serial killers and the Hillside Strangler(s).
"Crime is a palpitatingly perennial gas - and L.A. crime is the craaaazy creme-de-la-crime," Ellroy says in a Discovery statement. "Viewers are terribly tired of the trailer trash tragedies that caustically contaminate documentary TV. They wantonly want to groove, grok, gravitate and glide toward glamorous crime - and L.A. is where all that shimmering sh...stuff...pervertedly percolates. This show will be serious, satirical and great fun."