TV: 20/20 on Dating Game Killer, serial killer Rodney Alcala


ABC’s “20/20” reports serial killer Rodney Alcala, known as “The Dating Game Killer”.

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Danger! (7 p.m., WTVD) – Tonight is the last episode hosted by Alex Trebek, shot in October shortly before his death on November 8, 2020. Tonight’s episode will feature a special tribute to Trebek, who hosted the show for 37 years.

The Bad Fiance (8 p.m., Lifetime Movie Network) – In Vivica A. Fox’s latest series “Wrong”, Abby (Jessica Morris), a photographer, is sent out of town on a mission by her boss Charlotte (Vivica A. Fox), she thinks it’s is the perfect opportunity to get away from her nightmarish ex-fiancé, Richard (Jason-Shane Scott). But Abby quickly discovers that it may be impossible to escape Richard. (Note that this is Lifetime Movie Network, not Lifetime.)

20/20: The Dating Game Killer (9 p.m., ABC) – Tonight’s “20/20” tells the story of Rodney Alcala, an American serial killer who appeared on the game show “The Dating Game” in 1978, in the midst of his killing spree. As far as investigators know, Alcala began his series of attacks across the country in 1968, when he lured a young girl into his car in Hollywood and took her to his apartment where he raped her. and beaten almost to death. “20/20” contains a lot of stuff in this special: testimonies from investigators, victims, eyewitnesses and even the court-appointed psychologist from Alcala. We will have interviews with Tali Shapiro, who miraculously survived an attack in Alcala when she was only eight years old; Chris Camacho, a former LAPD officer who saved Shapiro’s life; Jed Mills, who sat next to Alcala on “The Dating Game” as a contestant; Gina Satriano, LA district attorney; Matt Murphy, Orange County District Attorney; family members of the victims; and more.

Date Line (9 p.m., NBC) – Dateline tells the story of Micki Kanesaki, a Californian woman who disappeared from a Mediterranean cruise ship in 2006, on a trip Kanesaki believed was meant to rekindle romance with her ex-husband, Lonnie Kocontes . Investigation reveals secret tapes, a surprising star witness and an undercover hitman. Josh Mankiewicz interviewed Kocontes friends Bill Price and Susan McQueen, prosecutors Susan Price and Seton Hunt, Kanesaki’s brother Toshi Kanesaki and more.

Imagine it’s a city (Netflix) – This documentary series from New York critic and essayist Fran Lebowitz presents his thoughts on topics ranging from tourists, money, subways and the arts to the not-so-easy act of strolling through Times Square (there has a good way to do it). Directed by Lebowitz’s longtime friend Martin Scorsese, and sprinkled with his own mindsets on a city he knows best.

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Brooke Cain is originally from North Carolina and has worked for The News & Observer for over 25 years. She is the editor of service journalism and writes on television and local media for the blog The N&O’s Happiness is a Warm TV.

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