Final Witness

Final Witness TV series on ABCNetwork: ABC
Episodes: Seven (hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: June 27, 2012 — August 8, 2012
Series status: Cancelled/ended

Performers include: (no series regulars)

TV show description:      
This TV series takes a unique approach to true crimes and answers a simple question: What if a murder victim could tell you about their final moments?

The show focuses on some of the most shocking murder cases in the United States. Each episode examines one case from start to finish, taking viewers inside the murder from the victim’s point of view. A mixture of documentary and drama, the voices of the dead come to life through scripted recreations and interviews with real-life witnesses, prosecutors, law enforcement, family and friends.

Final Witness is shot on location around the world and infused with an indie-band soundtrack and cinematic style.

Series Finale:     
Episode 7 — What the Boy Saw
When Nina Reiser doesn’t show up for a dinner date, Ellen Doren, Nina’s best friend, is curious. When Nina fails to pick her kids up from school the next day, Ellen knows something is terribly wrong.

Five days later, Nina’s minivan is found abandoned on the side of the road. In it, police find her purse, cell phone and three bags of groceries rotting in the back — but there’s no sign of Nina. When investigators dig into this soccer-mom’s past they are surprised by what they find: a messy divorce, a tangle of tempestuous affairs and two lovers vying for her favor.

Nina Sharanova grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia. An OB/GYN, Nina is a go-getter and a beauty, turning heads wherever she goes. In 1999 she meets an American entrepreneur and hotshot software designer Hans Reiser who is in Russia on business. He’s brilliant and ambitious; she’s intellectual and exotic. After a whirlwind romance, Nina and Hans marry and head to Northern California to start their life together.

It’s all passion at first and they have two children right away. But soon there is trouble. Hans wants more kids; Nina wants a career. Hans is away nine months out of the year trying to run his business; Nina is alone and lonely. The relationship slowly disintegrates and Nina hopes that she and Hans will be able to end things amicably. But when Nina files for sole custody of the children, the real trouble begins.

Accusations fly from both sides: infidelity, child abuse, Munchausen’s-by-proxy, immigration fraud. Nina just wants to move on — to divorce Hans, to extricate herself from these messy relationships and to focus on the one thing that matters to her: her kids. But before any of that can be resolved, she goes missing.

When investigators finally sort out the lies from the truth and put the pieces of the puzzle together, they learn just how much a mother will risk for her children and they discover what happened to Nina Reiser.

The DA tries to prosecute her computer-genius husband for her murder, but with minimal evidence and no body, it’s an uphill battle. However, when a surprise witness takes the stand and tells what he saw the night Nina disappeared, it forces the killer to reveal himself and leads authorities to Nina’s body.

On October 30, 2008, Hans Reiser attempted to appeal his second-degree murder conviction and sentence due to ineffective assistance of counsel, amongst other claims. Trial judge Larry Goodman denied the request on November 13, 2008, stating that Reiser had waived his right to appeal as a condition of his plea.

The children of Nina and Hans Reiser filed a wrongful death suit against their father, suing him for $25 million. The civil suit was tried on July 16, 2012, and after just three hours of deliberation the jury awarded the children $60 million.
Information courtesy ABC.
First aired: August 8, 2012


What do you think? Do you like the Final Witness series? How does it compare to the other true-crime shows? Are you sorry there won’t be a second season?

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  1. Anonymous says

    The show will start in October on INDIS (Investigation Discovery Channel) on cable. I am not sure if there will be original episodes but I hope so.

    • Anonymous says

      The show will start airing on INDIS (Investigation Discovery Channel) on cable, starting in October. I love the show.

  2. Colombiana says

    I like the show. I’ve always been obsessed w/SVU, Forensic Files, 1st 48 hours, etc. I have watched every episode so far, but was confused last night when I could not find it. Has the show been canceled?????? I hope not. Would love to watch this every wednesday night @ 10 pm!!!!!!!

  3. David Friend says

    It is a great show; my favorite dramatic show on TV. Hope it stays on for years to come. Excellent writers for non-fiction script for each specific show. It is absolutely amazing how the characters playing the main characters for each story look so similar to the real individuals. Very well done and very creative. Good musical background for each program too. I’m sure each show takes a long time and a lot of work to make it so real; would love to see more episodes each season. When is the next season supposed to begin for Final Witness?

  4. Anonymous says

    LOVE this show!!! Hope it stays on for years to come. The soundtrack to each episode is amazing! The music on the show is one reason i watch it!

  5. beverly mccleave says

    it is a very good series i was talking too mt daughter in ind. tonight she said was finale show next week i tape the show just watched last nights show i sure hope it isnt going off aie is a very good show there is a couple good ones yours ny med one of themi have told everyone about your showi used too live in springfield ill. that one hit home the other one that i like is person of interest good one too thanks for the work please keep it on the tv thanks bev

  6. Barbara and Jim Fuller says

    I think this is probably a good series BUT the ‘background’ music far out trumps the show. It is the most INTRUSIVE ‘background’ music we’ve ever heard. One fourth to one third of the dialogue was lost to us beccause of this. If this isn’t changed, we won’t be watching anymore.

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