CBS truncates Critical Content’s “JonBenet Ramsey” series

The U.S. broadcaster has altered its broadcast plans for The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey (pictured), scaling the true crime series back from six hours to four.
September 12, 2016

CBS has altered its broadcast plans for The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey (pictured), scaling the true crime series back from a six-hour series to four hours.

The series, which revisits the notorious 1996 murder of the six-year-old beauty queen, wrapped production earlier this month and is currently in the process of being edited.

Producers on the Critical Content-made series determined that a two-part, four-hour docuseries would deliver a faster-paced and more compelling experience for viewers to arrive at the investigators conclusions on the case.

Exec produced by Tom Forman, the series reunites the original team of investigators as they re-examine evidence in the notorious 1996 case when six-year-old Ramsey was found dead in her Boulder, Colorado home. Her older brother and parents became suspects, but the family members were later cleared by DNA evidence.

The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey was previously slated to air as a three-part series on Sept. 18, Sept. 19 and Sept. 25. The series will now premiere as a four-hour limited series on Sept. 18 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT and Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The switch to a shorter series now frees CBS to launch the new season of scripted crime series NCIS: Los Angeles in its new time slot on Sept. 25 with a two-hour premiere on Sept. 25, with the added benefit of an NFL double header on Sunday night as a lead-in.

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