On the heels of its strong debut, the Dick Wolf-produced TNT unscripted series Cold Justice has been renewed for a second season to air in early 2014. It is the second TNT reality series to earn a sophomore-season renewal, after Boston’s Finest. The procedural, from Wolf Films and Magical Elves, pulled in 2.9 million viewers total with 942,000 among adults 25-54 in its September premiere, by far the biggest opening for a TNT reality series, with the No. 2, Boston’s Finest, at 1.3 million total viewers. The series, which wraps its first season on October 22, has averaged 2.5 million viewers season to date (most current ratings) to rank as one of basic cable’s Top 5 new unscripted series of Q3 2013. Cold Justice follows female investigators Kelly Siegler, a Texas prosecutor for 21 years who has successfully tried 68 murder cases, and Yolanda McClary, a crime scene investigator, as they dig into cold murder cases. Wolf, Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz and Tom Thayer executive produce.
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.