Crime series have always been the mainstay of primetime television schedule on both sides of the Atlantic, but it seems like TV network bosses have definitely got the true life crime bug for the 2016-2017 season.
Fresh from FX’s success with Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson and with a second season centering on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the news that NBC will be adding a new series to the Law & Order franchise which will feature the story of the Menendez brothers doesn’t seem too much of a shock. It also seems like CBS are dipping their toe into the true life crime pool but with a slight difference.
Both American Crime Story and Law & Order: True Crimes are and will be dramatised series based on the actual events. The new as yet untitled CBS series, however, will be an unscripted show featuring investigators from the original cases and experts who will re-examine the evidence from the cases.
The first season, which has yet to be given an episode count, will centre on the 1996 murder of the six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey. The little girl was found dead in her parent’s home, and her parents were originally treated as suspects in the case of their daughter’s death. They were later cleared of any involvement in the crime. To this day, JonBenét Ramsey’s killer has never been found.
It is refreshing to see television networks moving away from reboots and superheroes. As a fan of crime dramas, it will be interesting to see this new series.