Investigation Discovery is ‘Cleaning Up’

Series examines messiness of murder and more

Investigation Discovery has given a three-episode order to docu series “Cleaning Up,” about a business that takes care of the messes associated with everything from murder to biohazards.

From New Wave Entertainment, the concept was developed by Matt Ogens, who will exec produce with Barry Katz and Brian Volk-Weiss.

Greenlight is the latest in a slew of programs that either have recently premiered or are about to debut on Investigation Discovery. Network topper Henry Schleiff called the skein “one of the few shows that has been inspired by ‘Pulp Fiction.’ It allows us to tell the backstory of how a crime occurred as well as what type of people are in this line of work.”

Net’s top-rated programs just launched in January — “Stolen Voices, Buried Secrets,” “Stalked” and “Nightmare Next Door.” Both “Voices” and “Secrets” are averaging 1.2 million. Net has eight original series that are averaging 500,000-plus viewers.

“It’s been just an extraordinary run,” Schleiff told Daily Variety. “I didn’t know there was a number left of the decimal.”

Investigation Discovery’s slate will increase over the next two months as five new shows prepare to air. Schleiff said the network is now on the minds of reality producers looking to sell their projects.

“We’re getting approached by A-list producers — those who are established, have done their homework and know our brand,” he said. “These people can execute on the pitch they’re giving us.”