TV: documentary series “Reframed” on Marilyn Monroe on CNN


CNN’s four-part documentary series “Reframed: Marilyn Monroe” premieres January 16 and concludes January 23.

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The Real Atlanta Murders (8 p.m., Oxygen) – This new series depicts homicide cases that highlight the lines between gentrified Southern dynasties, hip-hop hustlers and the new rich in this metropolitan mecca of music, entertainment and technology. Told by investigators, witnesses, journalists and relatives who have direct ties to the cases.

Cropped: Marilyn Monroe (9:00 p.m., CNN) – This year marks the 60th anniversary of the death of movie icon Marilyn Monroe, and this new documentary series from CNN revisits her films, marriages and career to uncover the themes of feminism, sexuality and power that continue to animate our cultural conversation. The four-part series, inspired by the book “The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe” by Sarah Churchwell, is narrated by actress Jessica Chastain and features a cast of female voices (and an all-female editorial team) including Joan Collins, Ellen Burstyn , Mira Sorvino, Amber Tamblyn, Molly Haskell, Alicia Malone, Angelica Jade Bastien, Christina Newland and more. The series combines rare archival footage with first-person accounts from women close to Monroe. The first two parts will air tonight and the last two will air next Sunday.

Yellowjackets (10 p.m., Showtime) – In the Season 1 finale: On the night of their 25th reunion, the girls navigate overwhelming evidence, false alibis, and a dubious attempt at a “cure.” In the desert, the Doomcoming lets everything derail as simmering resentments reach a fever pitch.

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