Law & Order is returning to the ’90s, but it won’t be with a cyborg Jerry Orbach in tow. It’s for a new spin-off series that should activate the repressed tabloid TV memories part of your brain just like the O.J. saga mining American Crime Story was able to do.
NBC has trotted out an early look at their new fall series Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders which deals with the highly publicized case of Lyle and Erik Menendez being put on trial for the murder of their parents Jose and Mary “Kitty” Menendez. The trailer doesn’t reveal too much outside of a swirl of crime scene video, stylized reenactments and Edie Falco rocking a spectacular perm as defense attorney Leslie Abramson. That’s perfectly alright seeing as Falco does a captivating job portraying the former Court TV staple.
“What these boys did is not the issue,” says Falco/Abramson as blood dips on-screen. “It’s why they did it.”
The Law & Order branding will definitely attract Dick Wolf enthusiasts, although L&O has had a somewhat iffy track record with their assorted spinoffs. SVU will outlive us all, but odds are you haven’t thought about Law & Order: LA or Law & Order: Trial by Jury in a while. We’re intrigued, though. If nothing else, Edie Falco’s as good a reason to watch television as any.
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders hits NBC Thursdays this fall.