TNT ordered a second season of “Cold Justice,” an unscripted crime drama starring former Harris County Assistant District Attorney Kelly Siegler.
TNT announced Oct. 8 that it has ordered 10 more episodes of the crime series, which is broadcast on Tuesday evenings. The series, which aired its first show on Sept. 3, is scheduled to end Oct. 22, and the second season is set to run in early 2014.
According to TNT, “Cold Justice” has averaged 2.5 million viewers during the first season, and is one of basic cable’s Top 5 new unscripted series during the third quarter of 2013.
Siegler and Yolanda McClary, a former Las Vegas Police Department investigator and their team investigate unsolved murder cases in small towns around the country in the series.
TNT notes that following the “Cold Justice” investigation into a murder in Cuero, Texas, “the case resulted in a guilty plea.” And, TNT notes in the release, three indictments for murder came down after the “Cold Justice” team investigated a murder in Parrish, La.
Siegler, who was working out of state on a case on Oct. 8, wrote via email that she is excited TNT ordered a second season of the show. She wrote that the progress they made on investigations helped improve viewership.
“Had we not been able to help the local law enforcement agencies further their investigations and in most towns, solve their cases, I don’t think as many viewers would have tuned in,” Siegler wrote.
She wrote that they are “already hard at work on season two” and are looking for a few more cases to investigate. She says at least one of the episodes will be set in Texas “because we know so many people here at home.”
In a press release, David Eilenberg, senior vice president of unscripted development at TNT, wrote, “We’re very proud to be renewing Cold Justice, which has already delivered real-world results for several of the cases featured on the show.”
Eilenberg compared Siegler and McClary to crime-drama duos Cagney & Lacey and TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles.
--Brenda Sapino Jeffreys