Journal Star readers will want to keep an eye out for the capital newspaper on two different cable TV series Monday night.
The diary will be used as a prop on the hit AMC series “Better Call Saul,” and also featured in the HBO documentary “Mind Over Murder,” which ends Monday night.
As the sixth and final season of “Better Call Saul” was being filmed last summer, a member of the production team contacted the Journal Star to use the paper as a prop for the show.
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The “Breaking Bad” universe has already detailed some connections to the Cornhusker state.
Saul Goodman, the sleazy lawyer who helped Walter White in his transformation from mild-mannered Albuquerque science teacher to meth kingpin in the original series, ended the original series by working at a Cinnabon in a mall. from Omaha.
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“Better Call Saul,” which began airing in 2015 on AMC, briefly showed Saul’s hidden life in Nebraska after the events of “Breaking Bad.”
Meanwhile, the origin story of Kim Wexler (played by Emmy-nominated Rhea Seehorn), one of the main characters in the prequel series, begins in Red Cloud in Webster County.
A fifth-season episode showed Wexler being picked up in a 45-county vehicle in a fictionalized version of “Red Cloud Junior High School” in a flashback scene.
Monday’s episode, which airs at 8 p.m., features a main character reading the October 13, 2010 sports pages of the Journal Star.
The issue predicted the upcoming game between the fifth-ranked Huskers, 5-0, led by quarterback Taylor Martinez, and the Texas Longhorns (3-2).
It is unknown how much of the paper will be visible in the show. A production member said some of the photos on the original page had been replaced with stock photos.
Some other items from the Journal Star were also used as background props.
Also airing Monday night is “Mind Over Murder,” an HBO-produced documentary series examining the wrongful conviction and exoneration of six people in Beatrice’s 1985 rape and murder of Helen Wilson. The series will end on Monday evening. The episode will air at 9 p.m.
Nanfu Wang’s six-part series showed the Journal Star’s masthead and the signatures of former and current reporters throughout its run, highlighting the newspaper’s coverage of the case for more than three decades.
“Mind Over Murder” also featured reporting from the Beatrice Daily Sun, also a newspaper owned by Lee Enterprises, as well as several local television stations.
The cold-blooded investigation into the murder of 68-year-old Helen Wilson in her downtown apartment in Beatrice ultimately led to the arrest and conviction of six people – Joseph White, Thomas Winslow, Ada JoAnn Taylor, James Dean, Debra Shelden and Kathy González.
Together, the so-called Beatrice 6 spent 75 years in prison before DNA evidence showed another man – Bruce Allen Smith, an initial suspect in the case who died in an Oklahoma prison in 1992 – has committed the crime.
The six were freed and cleared of any wrongdoing, and in 2016 a federal jury ruled that Gage County officials violated their civil rights and awarded them $28.1 million.
The county continues to make payments to the six.
“Mind Over Murder” told the story of the mishandled case through interviews with some of the six, their lawyers, as well as law enforcement officers who investigated the murder and family members. Wilson.
The documentary also features actors and actresses from the Beatrice Community Players, who in 2021 staged a stage production re-enacting key moments from the investigation for a Beatrice audience.