Murder reality series will re-create crime scenes for cast to investigate

Spike has ordered a new reality series from Real World producers Bunim-Murray in which real people will investigate recreated murder scenes.

On the creatively titled Murder, “two groups of civilians [are led] into an exact replica crime scene pulled from the files of an existing homicide case. The teams assess the crime scene, collect evidence, receive a list of potential suspects and meet with a coroner who reviews the findings of the original autopsy report,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Then, they “are given 48 hours to complete their investigation and identify the killer. Each group makes a presentation to [host and detective Tommy] Le Noir, who then reveals what actually happened at the crime scene.” Perhaps most interestingly, the winners won’t receive prizes; instead they “will have a donation made in their names to a selected victim’s charity.”

The 10-episode series will air this summer, between episodes of CSI and CSI: New York. Jon Murray said, “For the viewer, ‘Murder’ fuses the authenticity of a real-life crime scene with the suspense of trying to solve the murder before the contestants on the show,” and called his new show “a cutting-edge series.”

Spike plotting ‘Murder’ with Bunim-Murray [The Hollywood Reporter]
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