WEEK IN WOMEN: Zellweger’s TV true-crime series: THE THING ABOUT PAM – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Two-time Oscar winner Renee Zellweger is coming to television in true-crime limited series called The Thing About Pam.

NBC has granted a straight-to-series pickup to The Thing About Pam, based on one of the most popular true-crime stories to come out of its venerable Dateline series and its companion podcast. Zellweger, who will also executive produce, will make her broadcast TV series debut in the six-episode series.

Zellweger will embark on her first regular role on a broadcast show with The Thing About Pam/ She starred in Netflix’s “What/If” in 2019. She won a best actress Oscar for “Judy,” which she portrayed Judy Garland, in 2020, adding to her illustrious list of cinema credits, including her Oscar-winning turn in Cold Mountain, Jerry Maguire, Chicago, the Bridget Jones franchise and more.

The Thing About Pam centers on the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria. Her husband was convicted of the crime but insistently proclaimed his innocence. His conviction was overturned, but the crime would set off a series of events that revealed a sinister plot involving Pam Hupp. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.