James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential, The Black Dahlia) has never been sublte in his crime novels. Now he brings that lurid tabloid look at the world to television with James Ellroy's L.A. City of Demons beginning tonight (Jan. 19) at 10 p.m. on the Investigation Discovery channel.
In this six-part series, Ellroy will give a documentary-style look into L.A.'s dark past and its high-profile murders. Along for the ride will be a bus full of television journalists.
The series will include the 1958 unsolved murder of his own mother, which he wrote about in his memoir My Dark Places. He'll also touch on the stabbing of Lana Turner's mobster boyfriend, by her own daughter, as well as other celebrity-related crimes.
Ellroy has always been a no-holds barred type of writer, anxious to shock as well as tell a salacious story.
I've seen a couple of clips of his new series and it has the look and feel of his documentary-style film James Ellroy: Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction, which
went from being tabloid lurid, emotional to downright odd.
In other words, pure Ellroy