Farrah Fawcett’s estate sues producer over “sensationalized” documentary, but he didn’t like it, either

Farrah Fawcett’s estate is suing the documentary filmmaker who produced Farrah’s Story, a documentary about her final years that aired last June on NBC.

Her estate’s lawyers say Craig Nevius, who also produced her TV Land reality series Chasing Farrah, had “access to private and personal information, film footage” and created a documentary that was “amateurish and sensationalized, and looked like tabloid journalism, which was not at all what Ms. Fawcett wanted.” That’s according to TMZ.

TMZ ignores the most fascinating part of the story: the producer basically agrees with those assertions, and sued last summer because he said the documentary was no longer under his control. The LA Times reported last June that “Nevius launched a lawsuit last week claiming that creative control of the TV special was yanked from him six weeks ago by junior producer Alana Stewart, Fawcett’s onetime boyfriend Ryan O’Neal and his business manager.”

Nevius told the paper back then, “it’s not the show Farrah Fawcett wanted.”

Farrah Fawcett’s Estate Sues Documentarian [TMZ]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.