Networks Jockey for First Amanda Knox Interview; Lifetime Modifies Its TV Movie on Her and Rushes It Back Into Schedule

Oct 4, 2011  •  Post A Comment

As an Italian appeals court overturned the murder charges against American Amanda Knox and freed her from prison, ABC, NBC and CBS each had representatives in Italy trying to secure the first sit-down interview with Knox, the New York Daily News reports.

Lifetime, meanwhile, was busy adding bumpers to its television movie based on the case, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker blog.

As previously reported, Knox was cleared of murder charges on Monday and freed almost immediately after the verdicts were read.

Among the contenders for the first interview with Knox are ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas; CBS’s Peter Van Sant, who has been covering the case for "48 Hours" and was in Italy on Monday; and NBC’s Matt Lauer, who was in Italy last week, although he departed over the weekend, the Daily News piece notes.

"Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy," first aired on Lifetime in February, stars Hayden Panettiere as Knox, an American student who traveled to Italy to study in 2007, the story notes. While living in Perugia, her roommate was murdered and Knox was charged with killing her.

Lifetime will now add several sentences to the TV movie explaining the latest development in the case, with the lines appearing before and after the telefilm, the L.A. Times story says. The amended TV film will air for the first time tonight, the piece adds.

"There’s no story more appealing to the public than someone who was convicted of murder and overturned on appeal," said Paul Levinson, a professor at Fordham University, according to the New York Daily News piece.

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