Coming Soon: The Vow

An HBO documentary series about a self-help cult that allegedly involved sexual slavery and used a Smallville actress to recruit young women will screen on SoHo next month.

The Vow (8.30 Wednesdays from October 21) is billed as taking “a deep, nuanced look at the [NXIVM] organisation faced with various charges, including sex trafficking and racketeering conspiracy, against its highest members – most notably founder Keith Raniere, who was convicted in June 2019 and is currently awaiting sentencing”.

Directed by Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer (The Great HackThe SquareControl Room), it “vividly illustrates the seductive and insidious ways these groups lure intelligent, well-meaning people into servitude,” Entertainment Weekly says.

Smallville star Allison Mack, who pleaded guilty last year to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges related to her role in NXIVM, does not participate directly in The Vow, but she appears throughout the series …

The NXIVM scandal was global news three years ago, and plenty of viewers will already know how Raniere’s story ends. But The Vow may be the closest we ever get to understanding why it was allowed to begin in the first place.

The New York Times thought it “an impressive and even transfixing achievement” while Variety says the nine-part series “pushes back against its slack pace to become television that compels“.

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2 Responses to “Coming Soon: The Vow”

  1. Off topic Philip but will the recently announced Paramount+ having any effect on the content deals in NZ? Will TVNZ and Sky lose out?

  2. Hey, Leo, I imagine impact will be modest. Sky and Prime will be most affected but Prime’s CBS shows have never fired here while those that screen on Three have been useful but not crucial. Sky’s entertainment channels could be heavily hit, depending on how ViacomCBS programmes P+, but I would expect to see much of the content on multiple platforms here.

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