The “Trial” is just beginning for Dick Wolf and Studios USA now that Chris-Craft stations in Gotham, Los Angeles and Baltimore have committed to access deals for the new reality-courtroom strip “Arrest and Trial.”
With early deals in place with Gotham’s WWOR, L.A.’s KCOP and Baltimore’s WUTB, Studios USA has given a “firm go” to the strip, which follows criminal cases from the initial police investigation through the final courtroom verdict using footage, re-creations and interviews. The syndicated gaveler-reality series was created by “Law and Order” creator/exec producer Wolf and Maury Povich’s MoPo Entertainment.
“With a ratings decline for aging firstrun shows and a lack of strong off-network sitcoms coming into the syndication marketplace, Chris-Craft’s purchase of ‘Arrest and Trial’ reflects that fact that now, more than ever, there is a need for strong original programming in the critical access time period,” said Steve Rosenberg, prexy of Studios USA Domestic TV.
“This is one of the few times in the past 10 years that a top station group has provided a major access commitment to a firstrun strip — a testament to the talented producers who have created a show that combines real footage and re-enactments better than any program seen on TV,” he said.
Rosenberg said a search is now under way to find a host for the strip.