‘Cold’ hot for Internet

A CBS special, “Cold Case,” is using the Internet as more than just a “chat” venue for fans: The exec pro-ducer is hoping users can help solve crimes.

The reality-based show, slated to air April 18, focuses on unsolved homicides from police departments around the country. Internet users can visit the show’s Web site, http://www.coldcase.com, and download actual police files from cases shown on the special. Crime scene photos, incident reports, autopsy reports, witness statements and detec-tives’ notes will be available to the public.

The show and Web site are the first ventures for exec producer Tim Johnson’s production company. Prior to this, he was a producer on “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” for six years. Johnson said the Web site was created with the hope that viewers will use the ancillary material to “e-mail or phone the detectives to help solve the murders.”

Johnson, who is new to Internet content creation, plans to debut the site today at the Spring Internet World confab at the L.A. Convention Center. “Cold Case” is hosted by Richard Crenna. Johnson is hoping for a series pickup…..

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