Season 1 Finale Airs Wednesday, October 30 at 10/9c
LIVED TO TELL: SURVIVORS WHO STARED DEATH IN THE FACE REVEAL THEIR TRUE-LIFE HORROR STORIES ON INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY'S "SURVIVING EVIL"
-- Hosted by Actress Charisma Carpenter, Herself the Survivor of a Near-Fatal Attack, SURVIVING EVIL Premieres August 28 at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery --
(Beverly Hills, CA) - What would you do if you were attacked, abducted, abused, your life suddenly in the hands of a cold-blooded criminal, and you are your only hope for survival? Investigation Discovery's new series SURVIVING EVIL presents stories of victims who fought back against their attackers and, against all odds, survived. Recounted in each survivor's own words, the series is an empowering and inspiring look at true-crime stories in which the victim turns the table on their assailant in order to stay alive. Actress Charisma Carpenter, best known for her role as Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel, hosts the 10-episode series, providing viewers with a first-person point of view as the survivor of a near-fatal incident endured when she was 22 years old. The world premiere of SURVIVING EVIL debuts with Carpenter's episode on Wednesday, August 28 at 10/9c, only on Investigation Discovery.
"The stories in SURVIVING EVIL sound like a terrible nightmare, but the tales are all true and, thankfully, the victims all heroically survived," said Kevin Bennett, general manager of Investigation Discovery. "Investigation Discovery is humbled by Charisma's courage and honored to have her host this new series where she can uniquely share her personal perspective as a fellow survivor. It is our hope that SURVIVING EVIL will give a voice to people who have suffered through the unimaginable and provide a vehicle for them to tell their remarkable stories of courage."
"SURVIVING EVIL is about finding empowerment in the face of evil and taking fate into your own hands at a moment when all hope seems lost," said Carpenter. "Through sharing my story and shedding light on the fearlessness of many others, it is my hope that someone watching this program may be inspired to find the strength to survive their own personal battle, whether it's an abusive relationship or the grips of an attacker."
The series premieres on Wednesday, August 28 at 10/9c with Carpenter's story of terror transforming into triumph. The actress and two friends were swimming at San Diego's Torrey Pines State Beach in 1991 when they were violently attacked by an armed, rogue police officer. Carpenter fought for her survival after being held at gunpoint, but her two friends were both shot by the attacker and seriously wounded. The police officer was sentenced to 56 years in prison for the attacks in addition to a series of rapes and robberies.
In support of SURVIVING EVIL's premiere, Carpenter will also be featured in a public service announcement in partnership with the National Center for Victims of Crime, providing resources to individuals, families, and communities harmed by crime. The PSA airs as part of Investigation Discovery's public affairs initiative, Inspire a Difference. Launched in April, Inspire a Difference weaves together ID's ongoing national awareness efforts around civil rights, wrongful convictions, and violence against women under one informative and inspiring banner designed to empower viewers to make an impact in their own communities.
SURVIVING EVIL is produced by Cineflix (I Survived) Inc. with Nick Godwin and Simon Lloyd as executive producers. For Investigation Discovery, Pamela Deutsch is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is group president of Investigation Discovery, Military Channel, and Destination America.