I write this as I’m about to leave for Mipcom, the international television market held each year in Cannes, France. It’s hard to believe that Forensic Files has been broadcast and distributed in the U.S. and internationally now for 20 years. What a journey.
Forensic Files is still finding new audiences everywhere. Here, HLN has virtually become the Forensic Files network, airing hours and hours of programs in succession. I hear from viewers who weren’t even born when the series premiered. My two youngest children appeared briefly in the Forensic Files pilot as the children of the notorious Woodchipper Killer. Today they’re out of college, living on their own.
It was with great sorrow that I attended the funeral services for my friend, colleague and the true star of this series, Peter Thomas, who passed away in Naples, Florida this past June. The church was packed to overflowing with family, friends, colleagues, fans and dignitaries, including the Mayor of Naples and Florida’s Governor. It was a beautiful service.
Words cannot express how kind, considerate, unbelievably talented, patient, warm and hilariously funny he was to work with. Years ago, I begged him to write a book about his 60 plus years in the entertainment business. That didn’t happen but there is a wonderful YouTube video of a one-hour interview he did on Florida Public Television with clips from his on-camera days as a CBS News Anchor and other early pieces in television’s early years.. It’s well worth a look if you have the time.
The next time you watch a Forensic Files episode, listen closely. Peter isn’t doing a voice over narration. He’s a master story teller, painting pictures on the canvas of your mind just as he would if you were sitting around the campfire with hm. That was his genius.
There will never be another like him. .