Law & Order: True Crime receives series order at NBC
'Law & Order' veteran René Balcer will serve as showrunner
NBC is throwing its hat into the true crime miniseries game. The peacock network picked up Law & Order: True Crime —The Menendez Murders , exceutive produced by Dick Wolf, for an eight-episode first season, EW has confirmed.
The series will focus on the trial of the Menendez Brothers. In 1996, Lyle and Erik Menendez were sentenced to life in prison without a parole for murdering their parents when they were just 21 and 18 years old, respectively. They were tried separately and eventually convicted in a third trial after hung juries rendered no verdicts in the first two trials.
The show will be written and executive-produced by Law & Order veteran René Balcer. “René 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 Wolf in a statement. “Law & Order won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series under his watch.”
This will be the sixth Wolf-produced series currently on NBC. The other five shows are Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago Justice, and, of course, Law & Order: SVU.