Spike TV has ordered 10 one-hour episodes of the alternative/reality series Murder from reality innovator Bunim-Murray Productions, set to premiere in the Summer of 2007. Following in the dramatic tradition of CSI and Law and Order, Murder is an unscripted series in which amateur sleuths try to correctly solve a real homicide pulled directly from police files.
Each episode of Murder begins with series host, 20-year Arlington, TX law enforcement veteran with multiple capital murder convictions, Detective Tommy Le Noir escorting two groups of civilians into an exact replica crime scene pulled from the files of an existing homicide case. The original crime scenes are re-created down to the very last detail, so that teams experience exactly what the original detectives encountered when they first entered the crime scene and began their investigation. Every pertinent detail available to the original detectives has been recreated and is available to the teams, who have the opportunity to assess the crime scene and collect evidence. Our real-life homicide detective also reveals a list of potential suspects, along with their backgrounds and alibis. The teams also meet with a coroner who reviews the findings of the original autopsy report.
The contestants are given 48 hours to complete their investigation, collect and catalogue their evidence and use their own smarts and instincts to find the murderer. Each group makes a dynamic visual presentation with its findings to Detective Le Noir. After the presentations, Detective Le Noir presents what actually happened at the crime scene and reveals which group came to the correct case conclusion. Each week, the group that made the correct, or more compelling case, will have a donation made in their names to a selected victim's charity.
"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," said Jon Murray, Executive Producer and Chairman and President, Bunim-Murray Productions. "We are excited to be working with Spike TV on such a cutting-edge series and hope the audience will take away a sense of how strategic and meticulous crime detectives must be on a daily basis.", Dr. Ludwig resides in New York City.