At the TCAs: Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders

NBC brought “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” to the TCAs, to introduce this latest exciting addition to the Law & Order universe. The panel included Gus Halper (Erik Menendez), Miles Gaston Villanueva (Lyle Menendez), Edie Falco (Leslie Abramson), Lesli Linka Glatter (Director/Executive Producer), Rene Balcer (Showrunner/Executive Producer), and Mr. L&O himself, Dick Wolf (Creator/Executive Producer).

Four-time Emmy winner Edie Falco stars as the defense attorney of two rich young men accused of murdering their parents. While Law & Order’s franchise has always “ripped from the headlines” their stories, this is the first foray into telling a true crime story.

Falco was intrigued by Rene Balcer’s script, which felt more than the same old thing. With extensive research, the “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” had more to say on a sensational crime that filled the headlines for months.

Dick Wolf explained, “We’ve made some great shows from the headlines. This is on a different level. It’s also the only time that we’ve had sort of a collective agenda, which is this is one of the crimes of the century.  It’s absolutely horrible, but when you see the information, I think people are going to realize, well, yeah, they did it, but it wasn’t first-degree murder, with no possibility of parole.” He went on, “They probably should have been out 8 or 10 years ago, because they should have been convicted of first-degree manslaughter, which is a different punishment than first-degree murder.  So, yes, this is a show that has an agenda to it.”

The young unknown actors, Gus Halper (Erik Menendez), Miles Gaston Villanueva (Lyle Menendez), playing the infamous Menendez brothers admitted to nightmares when they went home for the night after filming. The show has no interest from shying about from the accusations of molestation and dysfunction in the household, or the fact that the D.A.’s office had lost several very big losses before the Menendez trial and was hunting for a win.

With an incredible 27 year history, the “Law & Order” franchise is ready to take on the Menendez Murders.  The limited series, “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” begins Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 10 p.m. on NBC.