Ahead of the premiere of A&E’s true crime series Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48, realscreen presents an exclusive clip.
Produced by ITV Entertainment, the 7 x 120-minute series features former prosecutor and defense attorney Marcia Clark as she looks into some of America’s most shocking crimes that have yet to be solved or that have ended with controversial outcomes. Cases explored include those of Casey Anthony, Drew Peterson and Chandra Levy.
Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48 premieres March 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on A&E starting with the Casey Anthony case. A&E holds worldwide distribution rights to the series.
Realscreen caught up with ITV Entertainment’s David Eilenberg ahead of the premiere of the new series to learn more.
What was the genesis for this series?
It was a happy confluence of two conversations. On the one hand, we had forged a relationship with Marcia and were exploring what projects we might undertake together. On the other, Amy Savitsky at A&E, who was then very new to her position, had expressed a great appetite for expanding upon the First 48 brand. People talked to people who talked to those people’s people, and here we are.
Why do you think there is an appetite for this type of story?
The human desire to understand the criminal mindset and what propels deeply transgressive behavior is universal and eternal. And in this first season, where we concentrate mostly on very well-known crimes, there’s an equally powerful desire to unearth that one bit of evidence that might have been missed in the past. Luckily, I think we accomplish that task.
What challenges did you face with production?
Because this series is a genuine reinvestigation rather than just a recapitulation of past events, securing access and eliciting candor are very tricky, high-stakes tasks. There are real stakes involved, and not everyone is inclined to be forthcoming, as you’ll see. That said, the level of new evidence, insight, and anecdote we do manage to secure should be, I think, highly satisfying.
Can you name two or three elements that you think will make this series appeal to audiences?
The application of the First 48 filter to past-tense cases should be appealing to both fans of the original franchise and true crime fans in general, who will find a new way to look at some of our most infamous cases. I credit our producers with bringing real urgency to the storytelling. And most of all, I think audiences will be blown away by Marcia — her acuity, empathy, and passion for justice are genuinely unique and compelling.