TV's true-crime craze shows no signs of slowing down. CBS is developing a true-crime anthology series that will center on the still-unsolved JonBenét Ramsey murder case, Us Weekly can confirm.
Sources tell Us that the network is in final negotiations with Emmy-winning producer Tom Forman (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) and Critical Content for the unscripted, limited-run series. The case's original investigators are set to team with new experts in an attempt to shed new light on the 6-year-old's tragic December 1996 death.
The series is aiming for a fall 2016 launch and would have the potential to continue, with each future season focusing on a different case.
Ramsey's case continues to generate interest, with nearly 20 years having elapsed since the little beauty queen was found murdered in her home in Boulder, Colorado. The case remains unsolved despite multiple grand jury hearings. Court documents were unsealed in October 2013, revealing that a Colorado grand jury had voted in 1999 to indict JonBenét's parents, John and Patricia Ramsey. However, the district attorney had refused to sign the indictment, citing insufficient evidence. New DNA tests cleared the parents of the crime in 2008, with Patricia dying from cancer in 2006.
CBS is hardly the only network looking to feed the public's current appetite for true-crime programming. On Wednesday, April 6, NBC announced that its forthcoming scripted series Law & Order: True Crime will focus on Erik and Lyle Menendez, who murdered their parents in 1989. This follows the popularity of Netflix's Making a Murderer, HBO's The Jinx and FX's scripted series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which aired its finale on Tuesday, April 5.
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