2017 is just beginning, but this year has been promised to be one of the biggest years for new true crime series and it would appear that there’s a little something for everyone. Whether you’re into investigating a mystery, justice and punishment, or re-examining old cases, armchair sleuths and true crime buffs are not going to want to miss a minute of these up and coming programs. Without further ado, here is our list of our most anticipated crime time series for 2017.
Making a Murderer Season 2
Making a Murderer was an unexpected hit with Netflix subscribers during its initial 2016 release. Now producers have announced that they will be returning with a second season. Though the date is still unconfirmed, a spokesperson has announced that the breakthrough series will return in 2017. Producers have not revealed exactly what they have in store for us, but it is believed that the second instalment of the series will focus on Brendan Dassey as he walks us through the appeals process in hopes of getting his case overturned.
Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.
Director Anthony Hemingway, best known for his series The People vs. O.J. Simpson, has recently announced that he is working on a series for the USA Network investigating the unsolved murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace AKA The Notorious B.I.G. With the help of former LAPD Detective and author of Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations, Greg Kading, the series will reenact the investigations into both rappers’ deaths. Unsolved is just one of several serials due out this year documenting the investigation and aftermath of the murders.
Law & Order: True Crime – The Menendez Murders
Following suit with their cable predecessors, NBC is using their wildly popular series Law & Order and their various spin-off series to launch their own true crime serial. NBC has announced that they will air an eight-episode anthology series documenting the trial and conviction of the Menendez Brothers, who in 1996 were convicted of killing their own parents and are currently serving life in prison. An official date for the series has not been announced but is set to debut sometime in 2017.
The Murder of Chandra Levy
The TNT network has announced that they will also be rolling out their very own limited-run true crime series based on the book Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery by Scott Higham and Sara Horowitz. Chandra Levy had been working as an intern for the Federal Bureau of Prisons when she mysteriously disappeared in 2001. A year later her remains were found in a creek bed. Though California Congressman Gary Condit had once been considered a prime suspect in her murder, he was later cleared as a suspect and her murder remains unsolved.
American Crime Story: The Versace Murder
So far, the FX channel has brought us a great of American Crime Story, season two sounds, and season three sounds like no exception. FX has announced that the subject of the third instalment of the popular series will document the shocking murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace in front of his own home in July of 1997 by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. The series will follow Cunanan throughout his shocking murder spree, leading up to his suicide in a houseboat after killing his fifth and final victim, the famous Gianni Versace.