A generally agreed upon demarcation of what constitutes ‘reality TV’ rules out documentaries – even though much of what is considered proper reality TV derives many techniques and tropes of documentaries to prop themselves up as a vein of documentaries on their own. Nevertheless, the simplified idea seems to be that the bulk of reality TV will take a look at the same subject matter in a more populist and accessible way, whereas the documentary, rather than pure entertainment, would also focus on the quality and thoroughness of the research conducted, making them more suitable for academic purposes. If such is the rift, then true crime possibly treads the middle ground between the two binaries. It assumes a sincere posture to (ideally) make itself out as a work of investigative journalism, but it also has the upper hand over many other niche documentary subjects and sub-genres because true crime piggybacks on its greater popular interest.
While admittedly the largest part of the shows usually sell themselves by jumping bandwagons of trend – like a torrent of shows about notorious serial killers that seemed to throng the TV cloud in the early 2000s, but for the most part, they are a dial upwards in terms of quality compared to the general paraphernalia of reality TV. The shows are usually either something particular, like a multi-episode special on a certain government operation, crime family, or a famous case, or a show that weaves together a series of cases with common themes. Autopsy: The Last Hours Of… falls into the latter category. Other than grazing the genre of true crime, the show’s appeal also thrives on the fame of celebrities it covers, because it is exclusively about the mysterious, sudden, and often tragic deaths of celebrities. It first premiered as a UK show on Channel 5 in 2014, but after two seasons, it was adapted into a U.S. rendition on Reelz that continued the show with a new host, new narrator, and a largely new creative team to operate it.
Autopsy: The Last Hours Of… Cast: Who’s in it?
It goes without saying that the central focus of the show is on the cases that it documents, and therefore the cast is only secondary to the subject matter. But it is an important factor particularly for this show because many of its investigations entail a hypothetical autopsy – conducted by a real doctor. This role, in the opening U.S.-produced season (the third season overall), was played by Dr Michael Hunter, the chief medical examiner in Panama City. The UK-produced episodes generally feature Dr Richard Shepherd as the host (also Dr Jason Payne-James for a few of the early episodes), but the show also features a number of experts on different medical fields – including a handful of psychologists. Linda Papadopolous has appeared twice in seasons 8 and 10, and it is very likely that we will be seeing her on upcoming seasons too if the occasion so demands.
Autopsy: The Last Hours Of… Plot: What is it about?
The show conducts the titular ‘autopsy’ first by collecting whatever data there is on the circumstances leading up to a celebrity’s sudden death, first through archived documentation, interviews with persons of interest and relatives, as well as original research at times, and then by a more literal autopsy in the medical sense, where the host doctor analyzes the situation to try and track down the cause of death. Season 10 conducts an examination into the deaths of Lucille Ball (I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show), Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile (1999), Armageddon (1998)), Christopher Reeve (Superman (1978)), and Howard Robard Hughes Jr., among others.
Autopsy: The Last Hours of Season 11 Release Date: When will it premiere?
Autopsy: The Last Hours of season 10 premiered on February 10, 2019, on Reelz. The show went on hiatus after April 7, 2019 and is expected to make return to tv screens on July 26, 2019. The fact that the show has continued for ten season clearly proves that it has been one of the top rated shows for both Channel 5 and Reelz. So, there’s no reason for them to not conitue it further. Going by past release trends, we expect Autopsy: The Last Hours of season 11 to release sometime in February 2020. We will update this section as we learn more.
Autopsy: The Last Hours of Trailer:
Fans of the show, keep your fingers crossed and meanwhile watch reruns of the existing seasons, which occasionally occur on Reelz, and Channel 5 for the old UK seasons. Alternately, the show is also available for online streaming on platforms like DirecTV. There is roughly six months wait before a season follows up the previous one, but this gap also presents a great opportunity to get up to speed and dig into the show if you were planning to watch it – especially since there is quite a lot of content to burn through in that case. If you want to get a head start or want to get a rough estimation of how the show looks, here is a sneak peek of an episode on James Dean from the ninth season of the show (2018).