Category Archives: TV Programs

True-crime story to premiere on HBO May 15

Mommy-Dead-and-Dearest-e1477597428560Viewers in search of a very strange, true-crime story should definitely check out the documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest, which premieres on HBO on Monday, May 15.

The film details the story of Dee Dee Blanchard and her wheelchair-bound daughter, Gypsy Rose, who were once beloved residents of Springfield, Mo. That tight-knit community was rocked when Dee Dee was found murdered in her home in June 2015, with Gypsy Rose missing. Investigators found Gypsy Rose in Wisconsin after they tracked a graphic Facebook status post stating “that Bitch is Dead.” An unimaginable sequence of events ensues in which Gypsy Rose was implicated in her mother’s murder – and it was discovered that Gypsy Rose had been the victim of her mother’s abuse via Munchausen by proxy syndrome since early childhood.

Dee Dee had taken Gypsy Rose to hundreds of doctor’s appointments and had her treated for a variety of diseases, including leukemia, epilepsy and waist-down paralysis. At the time of Dee Dee’s murder, Gypsy Rose was 19 years old and wheelchair bound. It was later discovered Gypsy Rose could walk and everything about her health was pure fiction.

Nicholas Godejohn, a young man with Asperger syndrome who confessed to committing the murder at Gypsy Rose’s behest, is portrayed as the prince who rescued Gypsy Rose from her house of torture.

Watch the exclusive trailer for Mommy Dead and Dearest.

Mommy Dead and Dearest was well-received at its world premiere at South by Southwest Film Festival. Her psychological abuse is recounted in recovered VHS tapes and interviews. Reviewers credit the filmmakers for presenting the story with care and for bringing this troubling story to life for the public, so more can understand Munchausen by proxy syndrome.

Most disturbing, said one reviewer, is how “every institution that was supposed to help her – medical, educational, social workers, the criminal justice system – failed and allowed the conditions that produced this bizarre and disturbing situation to continue.”

The film includes candid interviews with Gypsy Rose from prison, her father and stepmother, medical personnel, Gypsy Rose’s lawyer, a journalist who covered the story and an expert on Munchausen by proxy syndrome.

Gypsy Rose pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of her mother. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison and will be 32 upon release.

Check your local listings for start times.

Catch Mariners baseball on Root Sports!

No Major League Baseball team made more offseason moves than the Seattle Mariners this past winter. The Mariners, who went 86-76 last season and finished three games back of the American League’s second and final postseason wild card spot, got younger, faster and more athletic. Will new players like shortstop Jean Segura and outfielders Jarrod Dyson… Continue Reading

LAFF TV dropped from channel lineup

Effective today, the LAFF network will no longer be available to BendBroadband customers on channels 70 (standard definition) and 670 (HD) in the Preferred package. LAFF TV specializes in comedy programming, airing a mix of feature films and sitcoms. You can still watch their web series videos, such as “Big City,” “Cuddling with Carlin” and… Continue Reading

PBS KIDS launched, OPB Plus on the move

Kids and parents of kids, rejoice: BendBroadband is now carrying the PBS KIDS network on channel 93 in the Limited, Essentials and Preferred packages! This new channel features high-quality PBS KIDS programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including popular shows like “Sesame Street,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Thomas and Friends,” “Dinosaur Train” and… Continue Reading

Resolve to save money on Showtime

It’s a new year, which means you probably have new goals. Eat better. Exercise more. Spend less. Here’s another one to add to your list: Get a tremendous deal on Showtime®! For a limited time, you can add Showtime’s array of blockbuster movies, critically acclaimed original series and award-winning sports coverage to your BendBroadband® channel lineup… Continue Reading

Resolve to save money on Showtime
NBA schedules, Thanksgiving Day football, Christmas movies, and more

NBA schedules, Thanksgiving Day football, Christmas movies, and more

Another calendar page has turned in the book of 2016, and with it comes good entertainment on television. Here’s a look at what’s coming up on the boob tube in November. And, as always, check out your BendBroadband channel listing by clicking here. COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS Yes, Halloween is barely past and we’re looking ahead… Continue Reading