Network pushing trifecta of reality shows
A&E is looking to capitalize on the success of its nonfiction detective series “The First 48,” commissioning three reality series in the genre for scheduling over the next few months.The one likely to get on the cabler’s primetime lineup the soonest is “Crime 360,” a one-hour the net is touting as the reality version of “CSI.” “Crime 360” will use “CGI visualizations and state-of-the-art 3-D photography,” according to A&E, to give viewers “a look at the evidence from a microscopic level” in investigations of actual crimes. Net’s order is for 17 episodes. The second series, a half-hour, is “Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force,” which focuses on the work of a federal agency based in midtown Manhattan whose job is to join with state and local agencies to track down dangerous felons on the lam in the Greater New York/New Jersey area. Each week’s episode deals with one fugitive. A&E’s commitment is to 11 half-hours. The third series falls under the umbrella title “Rookies” and features two separate eight-episode programs, fronted by different production entities. Cameras and microphones trail after the rookies as they patrol crime-ridden neighborhoods after eight months of police academy training. One program is set in Jefferson Parish, La., the second in Tampa, Fla. “The one common denominator of these shows is that nothing is staged,” said Rob Sharenow, senior VP of nonfiction and alternative programming for A&E. “These shows put people in real situations that have the feel of scripted drama.” “Crime 360” comes from Base Prods., and its exec producers are John Brenkus and Mickey Stern. Sharenow and Laura Fleury are exec producers for A&E. Stars & Stripes Media’s Gary Tarpinian, Stuart Goodman and Vincent Scarza are the co-exec producers of “Manhunter,” with A&E’s Sharenow and Fleury. The Jefferson Parish edition of “Rookies” comes from Tiger Aspect USA and its exec producers Charles Brand, Jamie Munro, Lawrence Cumbo and Christine Connor. Sharenow’s co-exec producers for A&E are Neil A. Cohen and Stephen Harris. The Tampa edition is a Greif Co. production. Leslie Greif and Adam Reed are exec producers, sharing the title with A&E’s Sharenow, Cohen and Andy Berg.