The A&E Network is reviving a pair of its classic original true crime series this summer in Cold Case Files and American Justice.
First, Cold Case Files examines long-unsolved murders and the evidence that cracked them, often involving advancements in technology and methods to solve cases, and the unwavering dedication of victims’ families, law enforcement and the public. The series is narrated by veteran journalist Bill Kurtis (pictured), who was the original host and producer of Cold Case Files. Each hour-long episode features interviews with family, friends, detectives and others close to the cases.
The revived series will also be accompanied by a podcast hosted by Brooke Gittings (whose other podcasting credits include Convicted and Actual Innocence). Gittings’ podcast will explore the investigative process in some of the most difficult cases.
In American Justice, actor Dennis Haysbert (24, The Unit) narrates a newly imagined version of the series that originally aired for 13 years on A&E. The series looks at recent criminal cases in the U.S. through the prism of the criminal justice system, and from the first-hand perspectives of the prosecutors, defense attorneys, investigators, victims and perpetrators involved. The series explores crimes adjudicated in the last few years from trials that made national headlines to lesser-known cases.
“A&E has long been a leader in true crime programming and we are thrilled to bring back two of our original series that defined and shaped the genre,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and head of programming for A&E, in a press release. “Both Cold Case Files and American Justice were beloved when they first premiered, and with more stories to tell, these new iterations continue their legacy of riveting and powerful storytelling at its finest.”
Both series are produced by Category 6 Media group. Cold Case Files premieres on Aug. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, with American Justice following at 10 p.m. ET/PT. A&E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for both series.
Cold Case Files is executive produced by Sharon Scott and Laura Fleury, with Frontain Bryant and Peter Tarshis executive producing for A&E. Hillary Heath serves as showrunner and executive producer, and Grace Miller serves as co-EP.
Scott, Fleury, Frontain Bryant and Tarshis also serve as executive producers for American Justice with Tiff Winton. Anne Garofalo Paterno is the showrunner and executive producer, and Mary Lively is the co-EP.