Werner Herzog’s TV documentary project “On Death Row,” a series of interviews with death row inmates, served as a kind of continuation of the themes in his 2011 film “Into the Abyss,” and aired in four parts in the US on the Investigation Discovery channel. Now Herzog’s got two new small screen projects ready to go, according to The Hollywood Reporter — “Hate in America” and “On Death Row.”
Despite the title confusion, “On Death Row” is reportedly a follow-up to the first death row interview series, this one a three-part project looking at a trio of new cases — a guy who hired killers to assassinate his ex-wife; another who shot down truck drivers from his motorcycle and a man who beat his girlfriend’s baby to death, believing it to be possessed by demons.
“Hate in America” is a series of four one-hour episodes, each looking at a different aspect of hate crime. The series will include portraits of white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, the Unabomber and a suburban housewife turned murderer of Mexicans. Herzog will also stop by America’s “hate central,” the town of Harrison, Arkansas.
Neither series has an American broadcaster as of yet, but as The Hollywood Reporter notes, ZDF Enterprises has picked up world sales rights.