Real People Solve Real-Life Crimes in Spike TV's 'Murder'
Series Produced By Bunim-Murray Productions
Premieres Tuesday, July 31 at 10 PM, ET/PT
Sneak Peek Of The Premiere Episode Of "Murder" Will Be Available On July 24
At spiketv.com And xBox
LOS ANGELES, July 13 -- Following in the dramatic
tradition of "CSI," Spike TV's new unscripted series, "Murder," follows
real people as they try to solve a real homicide pulled directly from
police files. Produced by reality innovator Bunim-Murray Productions, this
compelling and all-too- real alternative series premieres on Tuesday, July
31 (10:00 - 11:00 PM, ET/PT) on Spike TV.
"Murder" is hosted by Detective Tommy Le Noir, a 27-year Arlington,
Texas decorated law enforcement veteran who is responsible for multiple
capital murder convictions. Each episode begins with Detective Le Noir
escorting two groups of civilians into an exact replica crime scene pulled
from the files of a solved homicide case. The original crime scenes are
re-created down to the very last detail so that each group can experience
exactly what the original detectives encountered. Every pertinent detail
available to the original detectives has been recreated and is available to
the groups, who then assess the crime scene and collect evidence. The
groups are given a list of potential suspects, an opportunity to analyze
the suspect's interrogation tapes and then meet with a coroner to review
the findings of the original autopsy report.
The participants are given 48 hours to complete their investigation,
collect and catalogue their evidence and use their own smarts and instincts
to find the murderer. Each group makes a dynamic visual presentation with
its findings to Detective Le Noir. After the presentations, Detective Le
Noir presents what actually happened at the crime scene and reveals which
group identified the correct killer. Each week, the group that made the
correct or most compelling, case will have a donation made in their names
to a selected victim's charity.
Kevin Lee of Tollbooth TV, who created the series and Jon Murray of
Bunim- Murray serve as executive producers for "Murder." Sharon Levy is
Spike TV's senior vice president of alternative programming. Tim Duffy is
Spike TV's executive in charge of production.
Bunim-Murray Productions is the leading independent producer of
innovative entertainment content. The company is widely credited with
creating the reality television genre with its hit series "The Real World"
(just completed its 18th season on MTV). Bunim-Murray's other current
programming includes "Real World Road Rules Challenge" (MTV),"The Simple
Life" (renewed for its fifth season on E!),"Bad Girls Road Trip"(airing now
on Oxygen) and "The Bad Girls Club" (renewed for its second season on
Launched in 2006 to better reach the digital generation, Bunim-Murray's
M Theory Entertainment is a spin-off entity focusing on new media
initiatives. Bunim-Murray also recently launched BMP Films, a documentary
film division, which premiered its first documentary, "Autism: The
Musical", at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Bunim-Murray Productions is
based in Van Nuys, CA. It was founded in 1987 by Jonathan Murray and the
late Mary-Ellis Bunim.
Spike TV is available in 91.6 million homes and is a division of MTV
Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the
world's leading creators of programming and content across all media
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