The CW Is Now Moving Into True Crime

The CW is venturing further into unscripted territory under its new ownership.

The in-transition broadcast network has placed a 10-episode order for Crime Nation, its first true crime series. Per the official press release, the show — which is set to launch in early 2024 — is a “captivating true-crime and justice anthology series that thrusts viewers into the gripping world of real-life mysteries, cold cases and heart-stopping investigations…. Each two-hour episode features ripped-from-the-headlines stories, shocking new details and exclusive on-camera interviews with those at the center of each of these cases.”

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The CW’s unscripted boss, Heather Olander, said in a statement, “As the first true crime series in the history of The CW, Crime Nation will provide a fresh new spin on the genre, giving viewers a deeper look into a variety of thrilling and compelling cases. The social media conversation around true crime is bigger than ever, and the Crime Nation team will explore the relationship between the public narrative and official investigations for each case.”

Among Crime Nation‘s Season 1 subjects: The Delphi murders, the Lori Vallow Daybell case, the Gabby Petito murder and the Gilgo Beach murders.

Nexstar bought The CW last October, and has in the months since made sweeping programming changes that included cancelling most of its existing scripted programming and replacing it with live sports, reality television and international acquisitions.

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