The bad news: It's only five episodes and doesn't launch until August.
Still, this is going to be fun. I saw Ellroy in person years ago when he made an appearance at an L.A. bookstore in support of the film version of his novel The Black Dahlia, and he did not disappoint (although the movie did). The best way I can describe him is that he is a James Ellroy character, a throwback to another era, a larger-than-life legend in his own mind (and in the minds of many others, mine included).
From the article:
The series, based on his own true crime reporting, will be narrated by Ellroy and will tell the story of a slew of memorable mid-century murders.
Episodes include Glamour Jungle, which explores the 1963 unsolved murder of Karyn Kupcinet, daughter of Irv Kupcinet, famed columnist and friend to mobsters. Stephanie tells the haunting tale of Stephanie Gorman, who met an untimely end in the Cheviot Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1965. Clash by Night fast forwards to 1976, to the murder of Rebel Without a Cause star Sal Mineo. The series concludes with a two-part episode - Body Dumps and My Mother's Killer, which tells the story of the 1958 murder of Ellroy's own mother.
Yesterday I read that John Stamos (apparently a big Rat Pack fan with connections) will be doing a podcast in late July about the kidnapping of Frank Sinatra, Jr., and now this. Lots of cool podcast goodness to look forward to.