A limited series centered on JonBenet Ramsey is in the works at CBS, according to a source with knowledge of the project. Tom Forman and Critical Content plan to produce the unscripted series, about the 6-year old Colorado girl who was murdered on Christmas Eve in 1996.
CBS may get it on air as soon as fall 2016, according to the source, in advance of the 20-year anniversary of Ramsey’s death.
CBS would not confirm.
True crime is suddenly the rage on television, following Netflix’s smash limited series Making a Murderer. FX recently concluded The People v. O.J. Simpson, the first installment in its American Crime Story anthology.
Ramsey, a child beauty pageant participant, was murdered in her home, sparking a media firestorm. The case remains unsolved. The series will reunite its investigators.
The project could potentially turn into a recurring limited run series offering a close-up of a different crime case each season.
The Hollywood Reporter previously reported the Ramsey project.
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Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.