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NBC Orders Renee Zellweger True Crime Drama “The Thing About Pam”

NBC has greenlit a six-episode limited series called “The Thing About Pam” based on the 2011 murder of Betsy Farina, which was explored on the network’s newsmagazine “Dateline” as well as in a 2019 podcast with the same name as the upcoming show. Two-time Oscar winner Renee Zellweger will star and executive produce the series.

Faria was fatally stabbed 55 times on Dec. 27, 2011. Initially, her husband, Russ, was charged in connection with her death, though he insisted he was innocent. Convicted of her murder in 2013, he served more than two years in prison before he was acquitted in a new trial in 2015. The tragic crime set off a chain of events exposing a diabolical scheme involving Pam Hupp, played by Zellweger.

The real-life Hupp is now in prison for life after pleading guilty in 2019 to the 2016 murder of Louis Gumpenberger, 33, a random man she killed to frame Russell Faria, authorities said at the time.

“The Thing About Pam” will also be executive produced by Carmella Casinelli, Borsiczky, Cole, Oppenheim, Blum, Chris McCumber and Jeremy Gold. Blumhouse Television, NBC News Studios and Big Picture Co. will produce.