“Cold Justice,” an unscripted crime drama starring Kelly Siegler, a former Harris County Assistant District Attorney, premiers on TNT on Sept. 3.
Siegler and co-star Yolanda McClary, an investigator who worked more than 7,000 cases in 26 years with the Las Vegas Police Department, investigate unsolved murder cases in small towns around the country in the new series.
In the first episode, Siegler and McClary travel to Cuero to investigate the 2001 shooting death of Pamela Curlee Shelly. Shelly’s death was ruled a suicide in 2001, but her children and a detective from the Dewitt County Sheriff’s Office have always suspected a murder, according to TNT online information about the episode.
Siegler says she can’t reveal results of the investigations for the eight episodes of the show.
The first episode was filmed during the summer of 2012, Siegler says. Then after TNT announced in January that it had ordered eight episodes of the show, they filmed another seven episodes from March through July.
While she did get short breaks to come home during the filming process, Siegler says they worked incredibly long days and spent eight to 10 days on each cold case.
In addition to the first episode in Cuero, two other episodes are set in Texas, in Palacios and Seagraves.
Siegler says getting used to the filming process was an adjustment. She says “the whole hair and makeup and what- you- wear thing” for TV stressed her out because that’s not what she worried about while on the job. At first, Siegler says, the cameras made things awkward, but eventually “it’s like the cameras weren’t even there.” For the most part, the show depicts her and McClary and others “being completely ourselves,” she says.
Siegler says the local police – who had sought assistance from the show’s producers – were very welcoming and appreciative of the help solving the cold cases. They also liked learning from the veteran investigators who worked on the show, including Johnny Bonds, a retired investigator from the DA’s office.
“Those cops want to learn from the masters,” Siegler says. “They want to see tips and pointers from them.” Siegler says she hopes
“Cold Justice” is renewed for a second season.“It was wonderful. It was like a dream come true,” says Siegler.
Executive producers on the show are Dick Wolf, whose shows include “Law & Order,” Jane Lipsitz, whose shows include “Top Chef,” and Tom Thayer, whose recent productions include 2012’s “Hitchcock.”
Siegler says she will watch the premier episode at a party on Sept. 3. at the LA Bar on Richmond.
-- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys