NBC and “Law and Order” have jumped on the bandwagon of true crime drama and announced that they will be having their own crime anthology like the hit series “American Crime Story.”
Due to the success of true-crime stories nowadays such as HBO’s “The Jinx,” Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” and FX’s “People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” NBC has decided to have their own of such kind. The recently-concluded season one of “American Crime Story” received widespread critical acclaim and an average of 7.7 million viewers has tuned into the series every week, The Hollywood Reporter noted.
These may push NBC and “Law and Order” producer Dick Wolf to develop their own anthology series, titled “Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Brothers Murders.”
USA Today quoted Wolf saying that the NBC executives and himself “have been focused on the natural evolution of the Law and Order brand for the last several years, and are excited to extend the franchise with a scripted limited anthology series that focuses on a high-profile trial. There is no shortage of compelling real-life criminal cases, and the Menendez trial was more scintillating than most crime fiction.”
The first eight-episode season will be about the Menendez Brothers murders. It would tackle the notorious case of two Los Angeles brothers, Lyle and Erik Menendez, who were convicted of murder for the deaths of their wealthy parents in 1989. The Menendez brothers were sentenced to life imprisonment in 1996.
The “Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Brothers Murders” marks the first time the franchise is tackling true cases, Entertainment Weekly noted.
The original “Law and Order” series ran from 1990 to 2010. The franchise has produced several spinoffs including “Criminal Intent” (2001-2011), “Trial By Jury” (2005-06), “Los Angeles” (2010-11). To date, the only remaining series is the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” which is also produced by Wolf.
Wolf’s “Law and Order: SVU” has been interconnected with other series of his own such as “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.” and “Chicago Med.” He is also developing his fourth Chicago show, “Chicago Justice,” as well as unscripted series “You the Jury.” All of these are part of Wolf’s lengthy deal with NBC, which extends to 2020, The Holywood Reporter noted.
Meanwhile, NBC has not given any details on the cast of the new “Law and Order: True Crime” and when it will premiere.