Spike TV has announced that it has ordered 10 episodes of Murder, a new reality competition series where amateur gumshoes try to correctly solve a real homicide that has been recreated for them. The series is scheduled to premiere in Summer 2007.
Murder will be produced by Bunim-Murray Productions, the folks behind MTV's long-running The Real World reality series. 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.
"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," Bunim-Murray co-founder Jon Murray stated. "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."
Kevin Lee of Tollbooth Television -- who created Murder -- and Murray serve as executive producers for the series.