Episodes: 8 (hour).
TV show dates: September 26, 2017 — November 14, 2017.
Series status: Cancelled/ended.
Performers include: 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.
TV show description:
The Law & Order True Crime TV series is the latest spin-off from the prolific Dick Wolf. The franchise began with the original Law & Order, which aired on NBC between 1990 and 2010. Where the flagship series and its spin-offs have often touted the “ripped from the headlines” nature of their storylines, Law & Order True Crime lives up to that claim and its title. The anthology series chronicles a real-life crime in each season.
The first edition of this series is Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. On August 20, 1989, entertainment executive José Menendez (Gómez) and his wife, Mary a.k.a. “Kitty” (Davidovich) are shot to death with a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, in their Beverly Hills home.
While elder son Lyle (Villanueva) keeps a stiff upper lip, younger son Erik (Halper) seems consumed by grief. As they work the case, detectives Les Zoeller (Jaeger) and Tom Linehan (Chamberlain) uncover evidence which suggests the brothers are the killers.
Defense attorney Leslie Abramson (Falco), takes an interest in the young men and decides to take their case. She works alongside Jill Lansing (Nicholson) on their defense.
The Menendez brother’s first trial aired on national TV and created a media circus. Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders recounts the daily courtroom battles as well as how things played out, off camera.
After the first trial ends with a hung jury and the District Attorney refuses to offer the defense a deal, a second trial gets underway with Barry Levin (Harry Hamlin) joining the defense team. Political collusion between the District Attorney’s office and Judge Weisberg (Anthony Edwards) reaches an apex as Garcetti (Mark Moses) fights to repair the office’s reputation following a string of high-visibility losses. When Judge Weisberg disallows Lyle and Erik’s family members to testify, it’s up to Erik to once again recount the stories of abuse before the jury determines a verdict. As the trial comes to a close, Leslie learns revealing information about Jose and Kitty’s childhoods.
First aired: November 14, 2017.
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