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Cold Justice cancelled by TNT

Cold Justice, the series that chronicled the investigation of cold cases and had real-world consequences, has been effectively cancelled by TNT, reality blurred has learned. The show aired three seasons and one spin-off, Cold Justice: Sex Crimes. Its very first episode led to a confession of murder.

Though the network has not announced its cancellation, it seems to be a victim of new management at Turner’s networks, which also includes TBS’ King of the Nerds, which was unceremoniously cancelled last summer. Both shows were strong ratings performers, but both shows predate new Turner executive Kevin Reilly, who is changing both networks, and there was apparently no room for these reality series.

It’s possible another network will pick it up.

I’ve reached out to stars Kelly Siegler and Yolanda McClary, and production company Magical Elves, for their thoughts, and will update if I hear back. I’ve repeatedly asked TNT representatives for comment or explanation, and have not received either.

Cold Justice: popular and now cancelled

The final season three episode aired Sept. 18, 2015.

Now, Cold Justice has become cold itself, at least online: The show’s network web site no longer functions, and it is not on TNT’s list of series. The show’s Facebook page hasn’t been updated since late January.

In May, TNT called the show “the hit investigative series” and bragged that its May 8 episode “landed 2 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery for its premiere telecast and encore,” and was “reaching an average of 3 million viewers per episode in its third season” across all devices.

Last March, announcing additional episodes of Cold Justice, TNT noted that “the show’s premiere in September 2013, Siegler and McClary have assisted local law enforcement in a long string of successful investigations, securing a total of 22 arrests, 11 criminal indictments, four confessions, three guilty pleas and three convictions,” and many more episodes aired after that.

On Twitter, Kelly Siegler gives occasional updates on what’s happening currently with cases featured on the series.