This week on Netflix: Watch Trial by Media, Riverdale and She-Ra’s final season

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power on Netflix, courtesy Netflix.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power on Netflix, courtesy Netflix. /
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This week uncover the media’s impact in Trial by Media, find out what happened to Jughead on Riverdale, and watch She-Ra take her final bow on Netflix.

April showered us with Netflix content, so it stands to reason that May would bloom with it.

Already this month we’ve seen the releases of The Half of It, Charmed Season 2, Grey’s Anatomy Season 16, and former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Becoming documentary.

This weekTrial By Media drops on the streaming platform along with the fourth season of Riverdale and the finale season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.

Watch the trailers for these releases below, starting with Trial by Media:

Trial By Media

From podcasts to television shows, true crime has been at the forefront of interest for media consumers for some time now. So, it makes sense that the next true crime take under the microscope would be focused on the role the media plays in how trials are perceived, understood, and digested by viewers tuning into what eventually becomes a spectacle.

Executive produced by George Clooney and Jeffrey Toobin, Trial By Media takes a close and critical look at cases that captured the nation’s attention. The docuseries also examines the way the media’s silence can influence public opinion on the worthiness of a case, the people involved, and the communities that have been hurt.

Trial By Media will focus on the following six cases:

Talk Show Murder – Scott Amedure was a guest on The Jenny Jones Show in March of 1995. The segment he taped centered on the feelings he harbored for his friend, Jonathan Schmitz. Scott confessed his feelings to Jonathan on the show, but three days later Jonathan shot and killed him. The Amedure family held the show partly responsible for the murder of their loved one.

Subway Vigilante – On December 22, 1984, Bernhard Goetz shot four Black teenagers (Barry Allen, Troy Canty, Darrell Cabey, and James Ramseur) on a subway train. He said it was self-defense and that the four young men were attempting to rob him.

41 Shots – Amadou Diallo was standing outside his apartment building when he was shot at 41 times by four NYPD police officers (Sean Carroll, Richard Murphy, Edward McMellon, and Kenneth Boss) on February 4, 1999. 19 of those shots struck Diallo, killing him. The officers were in plain clothes and a part of the then Street Crimes Unit. They had mistaken Diallo for a rape suspect from a case the prior year.

King Richard – In 2003, Richard Scrushy, the CEO of The HealthSouth Corporation, was charged with conspiracy, money laundering, securities fraud, and mail fraud for his actions that involved the inflation of patients’ Medicare bills. As a part of his defense strategy, Richard hid behind religion, wrapping himself in Christian faith via a television talk show.

Big Dan’s – In 1983, Cheryl Ann Araujo was gang raped in a bar called Big Dan’s Tavern. After her name was released to the wider public during the trial, a national discussion was prompted on the nature of privacy concerning rape survivors and what should and should not be covered by the media.

Blago! – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was charged with corruption in December of 2008. As a result he was impeached and removed from office. Blagojevich attempted to extort, bribe, and abuse his power by using the vacant Senate seat left behind by former President Barack Obama as a means of financial and bureaucratic gain. This, however, did not stop Blagojevich from being  a contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice in the Spring of 2010, months before his trial would start in August.

Trial By Media is available to stream now.

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