LA Journalist Ana Garcia to Host Lifetime’s ‘Beyond the Headlines’ True Crime Docuseries

Ana Garcia and Lifetime logo. (Credit: Lifetime)

Lifetime’s Beyond the Headlines is set to return with a new addition, longtime Los Angeles journalist Ana Garcia, who joins the true crime docuseries as host.

Garcia currently hosts the true crime podcast, “True Crime Daily,” which investigates the week’s biggest and under-the-radar cases.

The Emmy-winning journalist worked at KNBC-TV from 2001 to 2013, co-anchoring the midday and evening newscasts. Her work has also been featured on the syndicated series Crime Watch Daily and the Investigation Discovery network.

Beyond the Headlines draws inspiration from past Lifetime movies and revisits crime stories that have shocked the nation.

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The network has released several standalone specials under the Beyond the Headlines banner since 2010.

In a press release Tuesday, Lifetime said the six-episode series will chronicle “shattered families torn apart by crime, survival stories of abduction, toxic love triangles, cases of brainwashing, fights to protect endangered children, and crimes committed by parents.”

Each hour-long installment features first-person interviews, exclusive footage and expert commentary.

The series is produced by A+E Networks for Lifetime. Ted Butler executive produces and Eryana Hundhausen directs. Amy Winter executive produces for Lifetime.

Beyond the Headlines premieres Saturday, Aug. 5 at 11am ET/PT.

In addition to the series, Lifetime will air a standalone documentary special titled Beyond the Headlines: The Elizabeth Thomas Story about Elizabeth Thomas, who at age 15 was abducted by her married teacher in Tennessee, taken across the country and sexually abused.

The special will follow the premiere of the original movie Abducted by My Teacher: The Elizabeth Thomas Story on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 8pm ET/PT.

Below are details on the six new episodes of the Beyond the Headlines series:

Beyond the Headlines: Shattered Families
Premieres Saturday, Aug. 5 at 11am ET/PT
This heart-wrenching episode tells the stories of families torn apart by crime. Viewers will hear the accounts of individuals like Ashley Wallace, who survived an attempt on her life by her own mother Stacey Castor; and Jenny Carrieri, whose relentless pursuit of her sister’s killer consumed her life.

Beyond the Headlines: Surviving Abduction
Premieres Saturday, Aug. 12 at 11am ET/PT
Five brave women share their harrowing experiences of abduction and imprisonment, shedding light on the aftermath and their healing journeys. This episode includes the accounts of Abby Hernandez and Mary Stauffer, each with their own heartbreaking stories of survival.

Beyond the Headlines: Toxic Love
Premieres Saturday, Aug. 19 at 11am ET/PT
This episode explores the dark side of love triangles, featuring wives who strayed from their husbands with devastating consequences, a case of deadly online catfishing, and a lonely young woman who had an affair with a killer. The episode will focus on four spousal murders that were the subject of previous Lifetime movies, including Cari Farver, Toby Young, and Erin Corwin.

Beyond the Headlines: Dark Influences
Premieres Saturday, Aug. 26 at 11am ET/PT
Uncovering shocking firsthand accounts of people who were manipulated, abused, and ultimately found the strength to break free. This episode will feature former members of the late Gwen Shamblin’s controversial Remnant Fellowship Church; a survivor of conversion therapy; a victim of sex trafficking; and three women who were sent to abusive reform camps for troubled teens by their parents.

Beyond the Headlines: Fighting for the Kids
Premieres Saturday, Sept. 2 at 11am ET/PT
Highlighting chilling accounts of children in danger and the heroic individuals who fought to protect them. The episode covers stories of unimaginable horrors, including the murder of six girls in their neighborhoods; a teenager betrayed and left for dead; two little girls taken out of the United States by their abusive father; and a young boy tortured by his own parents. The episode features interviews with Lizbeth Meredith, whose daughters were stolen; as well as the investigators in the case of Ashley Reeves, who was left for dead after a brutal attack.

Beyond the Headlines: Parents Gone Bad
Premieres Saturday, Sept. 9 at 11am ET/PT
Exploring the stories of mothers and fathers who committed crimes driven by malice, extremism, and desperation. This episode includes the notorious Lori Vallow case, involving the deaths of children aged 16 and 9, as well as the Joel Steinberg and the Martin McNeil cases.