Nellie Andreeva

Law & Order repeats provided the foundation on which TNT built its original programming. Now the cable network is getting in business with Law & Order mastermind Dick Wolf on a crime drama procedural but on the unscripted side. TNT has greenlighted Cold Justice, which follows two top female investigators as they dig into cold murder cases. The network has ordered eight episodes of the project, from Wolf Films and Magical Elves, for summer 2013 premiere. Dick Wolf, Dan Cutforth & Jane Lipsitz and Tom Thayer executive produce.

In TNT’s Cold Justice, Kelly Siegler, a Texas prosecutor for 21 years who has successfully tried 68 murder cases, and Yolanda McClary, a crime scene investigator who worked more than 7,000 cases in her 26 years on the Las Vegas Police Department, are putting their vast knowledge and experience to work helping local law enforcement officers and families of violent-crime victims get to the truth. Taking on a different unsolved crime each week, they will carefully re-examine evidence, question suspects and witnesses, and chase down leads in order to solve cases that would have otherwise remained cold indefinitely.

Cold Justice joins three other new unscripted series set to debut in 2013, beginning in February with Boston’s Finest, an unscripted look at Boston law enforcement officers from executive producer Donnie Wahlberg. This summer, TNT will launch The Hero, a competition series headlined by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and 72 Hours, a race-against-the-clock competition show set in the wild.

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