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NBC orders Law & Order: True Crime anthology series

FX's American Crime Story is to thank

Following the success of FX's American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson, NBC is pushing ahead with the development of Law & Order: True Crime.

Much like American Crime Story, the new series — which will see Dick Wolf return as executive producer — will take on an anthology format, with each new season addressing a different true crime that occurred in America. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first season will focus on the Menendez brothers of Beverly Hills, who at the ages of 21 and 18, murdered their parents and were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 1996.

At the time, the jury believed the brothers had killed their parents in an attempt to claim the large inheritance they were going to come into. The boys' defense lawyer, however, argued that they had been subjected to years of abusive behavior from both parents, including ongoing sexual abuse from their father.

This will mark Wolf's fifth show with NBC and the fifth spinoff of his original series, Law & Order, which premiered in 1990 and ran for 20 seasons. Last year, Wolf commented that he wanted to do something with members of the original series, but nothing ever came of it because of schedule conflicts.

NBC did not announce when Law & Order: True Crime would be airing, but taking into account time for writing, casting and filming, this could be potentially slated for the network's winter programming block in January 2017.

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