AT&T-owned pay-TV network HLN is to produce the forthcoming season of iconic true crime docuseries Forensic Files.
The channel has acquired the rights from Paul Dowling‘s Medstar Television to produce new episodes of the series, which will be refreshed as Forensic Files II and produced in-house by CNN Program Development.
The updated crime series is slated to debut across the channel in February 2020 with 16 new episodes – running 30 minutes each – with an investigative deep-dive into fresh crime cases.
Forensic Files II will feature the same format, title music, story type and similar content as the original. The docuseries, however, will feature a new narrator (to be announced in the coming months) following the passing of the original series narrator Peter Thomas in 2016.
HLN has served as the exclusive cable home of the Forensic Files library for nearly a decade, having broadcast repeats since the program ceased production in 2011.
Gary Lico will handle exclusive international distribution of Forensic Files II. Committed channels currently include RTL, Foxtel, AMC International and Atresmedia.
“Forensic Files is the most recognized, celebrated and imitated series within its genre,” said Ken Jautz, EVP of CNN, in a statement.
“After more than 20 years, it’s amazing that one of the earliest crime docuseries still boasts the most loyal viewers and fan base. It’s a testament to the excellent work of Paul Dowling and his team, and HLN is honored to continue the Forensic Files legacy.”
“For the past eight years, a multitude of networks have vied for the rights to this exceptional program,” added Nancy Duffy, VP of program development at CNN and executive producer of Forensic Files II. “We are so grateful to Paul Dowling who agreed that HLN was the logical choice to pick up the mantle and refresh, not re-invent, the series.”
In addition, HLN will air the “Best of Forensic Files” weeknights at 10 p.m. ET/PT, featuring iconic episodes and fan favorites from the series library.