The CW is officially moving into true-crime.
The broadcaster has ordered Crime Nation, a 10-part series, from former ABC News president James Goldston.
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It comes after Deadline revealed that the Nexstar-owned network was developing its own true-crime strand in the vein of NBC’s Dateline, CBS’ 48 Hours and ABC’s 20/20.
The series, which will premiere in 2024, will follow mysteries, cold cases and investigations. Each episode will be two hours long and will feature ripped-from-the-headlines stories and interviews.
Cases will include the Delphi murders, the Lori Vallow Daybell case, the Gabby Petito murder and the Gilgo Beach murders.
The series is produced by Candle True Stories, the production arm of Candle Media set up by Goldston. He will exec produce will Steven Baker and Mike Sheridan.
“What’s nice about true crime is it also can be scaled, you can do a lot of episodes, and it’s very efficient,” Heather Olander, Head of Unscripted Programming at the CW, told Deadline in June.
“As the first true crime series in the history of The CW, Crime Nation will provide a fresh new spin on the genre, giving viewers a deeper look into a variety of thrilling and compelling cases,” she said this morning. “The social media conversation around true crime is bigger than ever, and the Crime Nation team will explore the relationship between the public narrative and official investigations for each case.”
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