NBC has ordered eight hourlong episodes for the anthology’s first installment which will focus on brothers Lyle and Erik Menendez, who were convicted of murdering their parents and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole in 1996. The brothers, who were 21 and 18 years old, respectively, at the time of the murders, were tried separately but eventually convicted in a third trial after no verdicts were rendered in the first two trials because of hung juries.
Balcer one of the original writers on Law & Order and rose through the ranks to become executive producer and showrunner. He then developed Law & Order: Criminal Intent and was EP/showrunner for 10 seasons.
“Rene and I have been working together over the past three decades and he is one of a handful of truly great showrunners with whom I’ve worked,” said Law & Order creator/executive producer Dick Wolf. Law & Order won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series under his watch.”
“Rene is one of the creative foundations of the Law & Order brand and we couldn’t be in better hands for ‘True Crime’ with Rene and Dick at the helm,” added Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment
Wolf will executive produce through Wolf Entertainment in association with Universal Television. Peter Jankowski and Arthur W. Forney will also executive produce.
Balcer is currently writing the upcoming drama series The Council, which will air on Canada’s CBC-TV in fall 2017. The series is set against the unfolding drama of our changing planet and draws inspiration from the true-to-life fight over the vast and valuable resources of the Arctic. It traces the journey of two cops who uncover a small-town murder that is at the heart of a global conspiracy. The Council is produced by Lark Productions, Keston International Productions and NBC Universal International Studios.
Balcer is repped by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and the legal firm Rohner & Walerstein.