It looks like CBS is the latest to move into the true crime genre.
Sources tell Deadline that the network is in final negotiations with Emmy winner Tom Forman (9/11, 48 Hours, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) and Critical Content to produce an unscripted, limited-run series on the JonBenét Ramsey murder case.
We hear the plan is for the series to air this fall, ahead of the 20-year anniversary of Ramsey’s death on Christmas Eve 1996. The project would re-unite original investigators, accompanied by new experts, to re-examine the infamous unsolved case. We’re told the series has the potential to become a recurring limited-run program with a different case each season.
Police found the 6-year-old girl’s body in the basement of the family’s Boulder, CO, home about eight hours after she was reported missing. She had been struck on the head and strangled. The case remains unsolved, even after several grand jury hearings, and it continues to generate public and media interest.
True-crime fare has picked up steam following the success of podcast Serial, HBO’s The Jinx and Netflix’s Making a Murderer. FX also pulled strong ratings for its scripted series American Crime Story, whose just-ended first season focused on the O.J. Simpson murder trial. NBC announced yesterday that it’s developing with Dick Wolf Law & Order: True Crime, a scripted series in the vein of FX’s American Crime Story, with the first installment focusing on the Menendez brothers murder case.