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Spike TV's 'CSI'-like 'Murder' reality series to premiere July 31


By Christopher Rocchio, 06/06/2007 

Spike TV has announced the premiere of Murder, a new CSI-like reality competition series where amateur gumshoes will try to correctly solve a real homicide that has been recreated for them. 

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The 10-episode series is scheduled to debut Tuesday, July 31 at 10PM ET/PT. An encore presentation of the premiere episode will immediately follow the show's 10PM broadcast..

Each one-hour episode of Murder will give two groups of civilians the chance to solve a real-life homicide by working at an exact replica of a crime scene.  With "every pertinent detail" being recreated, the groups will assess the crime scene, collect evidence and even meet with the an actual coroner who reviews the findings of the original autopsy.

After receiving 48 hours to conduct their investigations, each group will then make a presentation on their findings to Murder host Detective Tommy Le Noir, a 20-year Arlington, TX law enforcement veteran with multiple capital murder convictions.  Following the presentations, Le Noir reveals to the contestants what actually happened at the crime scene and which group came to the correct case conclusion.  The winning group will have a donation made in their names to a selected victim's charity. 

First announced in February, Murder is produced by Bunim-Murray Productions, the folks behind MTV's long-running The Real World reality series.  Kevin Lee of Tollbooth Television -- who created Murder -- and Murray serve as executive producers for the series.

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