NBC and Dick Wolf have forged a lucrative partnership with both his Law & Order and Chicago TV show franchises. His newest entry is the Law & Order True Crime TV show. The new series doubles down on that “ripped from the headlines” feel, by recreating stories featuring real-life crimes, victims, and criminals. As FX‘s American Crime Story has shown, the public still has quite an appetite for true crime dramas. Will season one, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, be just what the customer ordered? Cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
A scripted, true crime anthology drama, each season of Law & Order True Crime chronicles a historical crime and all the players involved. The first season on NBC, The Menendez Murders, stars Edie Falco, Gus Halper, Heather Graham, Josh Charles, Miles Gaston Villanueva, Anthony Edwards, Julianne Nicholson, Constance Marie, Chris Bauer, Carlos Gómez, Sam Jaeger, Cliff Chamberlain, Sterling Beaumon, Molly Hagan, Dominic Flores, Lolita Davidovich, Elizabeth Reaser, Larry Cedar, and Ezra Buzzington. It follows the aftermath of the slaying of entertainment executive José Menendez (Gómez) and his wife, Mary a.k.a. “Kitty” (Davidovich), Defense attorneys Leslie Abramson (Falco) and Jill Lansing (Nicholson), defend their sons, Lyle (Villanueva) and Erik (Halper) Menendez, against murder charges.
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Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you like the Law & Order True Crime TV series? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a second season on NBC? Which other true crimes would you like to see it cover?