Category Archives: Law & Order: True Crime

‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’ Fails To Break Out Of OJ’s Shadow

One of the surprise hits of 2016 was FX’s limited series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. Despite depicting one of the biggest news stories of the 1990s, The People v. O.J. Simpson succeeded because it subverted some of the common narratives and stereotypes about the O.J. Simpson trial, and explored the social and racial issues around the case. Because television networks love to copy previous hits, it was no surprise when NBC announced that it was making its own limited series about a notable murder trial from the 1990s, Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. Despite booking Edie Falco as its star, Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders does not even come close to reaching the level of The People v. O.J. Simpson (this review will focus on,

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‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’ Fails To Break …

One of the surprise hits of 2016 was FX’s limited series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. Despite depicting one of the biggest news stories of the 1990s, The People v. O.J. Simpson succeeded because it subverted some of the common narratives and stereotypes about the O.J. Simpson trial, and explored the social and racial issues around the case. Because television networks love to copy previous hits, it was no surprise when NBC announced that it was making its own limited series about a notable murder trial from the 1990s, Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. Despite booking Edie Falco as its star, Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders does not even come close to reaching the level of The People v. O.J. Simpson (this review will focus on,

Read more at: https://abovethelaw.com/2017/10/law-order-true-crime-the-menendez-murders-fails-to-break-out-of-o-j-s-shadow/

‘Law & Order True Crime’ Season 1, Episode 4: There’s the Rub

John Conte (Raphael Sbarge), another in a long line of experts brought in to analyze the boys, has a term for that: “idealizing his abuser.”

A new narrative begins to develop, and the motive begins to sharpen: Both boys tell their respective shrinks and social workers that they were afraid José would kill them. “Dad always threatened that — that he could kill us and get a new family,” Lyle says. It seems like a stretch, but the experts on-hand agree that victims of abuse, even two athletic young men, often have an exaggerated physical fear of their abusers. Any traces of doubt on Leslie’s team are erased when one of Leslie’s investigators, Cindy Erdelyi (Rya Kihlstedt), uncovers sexually explicit photos of Erik and Lyle in the family home, taken when they were young children.

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/17/arts/television/law-order-true-crime-menedez-murders-recap-season-1-episode-4.html

‘Law & Order True Crime’ Season 1, Episode 4: There’s the Rub …

John Conte (Raphael Sbarge), another in a long line of experts brought in to analyze the boys, has a term for that: “idealizing his abuser.”

A new narrative begins to develop, and the motive begins to sharpen: Both boys tell their respective shrinks and social workers that they were afraid José would kill them. “Dad always threatened that — that he could kill us and get a new family,” Lyle says. It seems like a stretch, but the experts on-hand agree that victims of abuse, even two athletic young men, often have an exaggerated physical fear of their abusers. Any traces of doubt on Leslie’s team are erased when one of Leslie’s investigators, Cindy Erdelyi (Rya Kihlstedt), uncovers sexually explicit photos of Erik and Lyle in the family home, taken when they were young children.

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/17/arts/television/law-order-true-crime-menedez-murders-recap-season-1-episode-4.html

‘Law & Order True Crime’ Star Heather Graham Talks Menendez Brothers’ ‘Dark’ Therapist (Video)

Heather Graham stars on “Law Order True Crime” as Judalon Smyth, the ex-girlfriend of the Menendez brothers’ therapist who went from key prosecution witness to testifying for the defense.

“It’s a really interesting case,” Graham said in an interview with TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “You find out so many interesting details,” including about abuse of Lyle and Erik Menendez the brothers say happened at the hands of their own parents.

Smyth testified in 1993 that she was “brainwashed” by her then-boyfriend Dr. L. Jerome Oziel (played on the show by “The Good Wife” alum Josh Charles) when she went to the police to inform them that she had overheard the brothers confess to killing their parents. She also said Oziel pressured the brothers to discuss the killings during recorded sessions, tapes which became part of the prosecution’s case.

Read more at: https://www.thewrap.com/law-order-true-crime-star-heather-graham-talks-menendez-brothers-dark-therapist-video/

Edie Falco (‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’): Will she make awards history thanks to NBC’s limited …

Edie Falco already has a place in the Emmy record books as the only woman to win lead actress trophies for both a comedy series (“Nurse Jackie”) and a drama series (“The Sopranos”). (Carroll O’Connor holds the title for men with his wins for “All in the Family” and “In the Heat of the Night.”) With her stellar performance in NBC’s limited series “Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders,” she is now in place to increase her Emmy record title to being the first woman to win all three of the lead acting trophies: comedy, drama and limited series/movie.

Reviews have been strong for Falco in this “Law and Order” spinoff that takes a look back at two Beverly Hills brothers, Erik and Lyle Menendez, who murdered their parents back in the 1990s. Falco plays their lawyer Leslie Abramson who tried to get the brothers acquitted

Read more at: http://www.goldderby.com/article/2017/edie-falco-law-order-true-crime-the-menendez-murders-awards-news/

Edie Falco (‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders …

Edie Falco already has a place in the Emmy record books as the only woman to win lead actress trophies for both a comedy series (“Nurse Jackie”) and a drama series (“The Sopranos”). (Carroll O’Connor holds the title for men with his wins for “All in the Family” and “In the Heat of the Night.”) With her stellar performance in NBC’s limited series “Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders,” she is now in place to increase her Emmy record title to being the first woman to win all three of the lead acting trophies: comedy, drama and limited series/movie.

Reviews have been strong for Falco in this “Law and Order” spinoff that takes a look back at two Beverly Hills brothers, Erik and Lyle Menendez, who murdered their parents back in the 1990s. Falco plays their lawyer Leslie Abramson who tried to get the brothers acquitted

Read more at: http://www.goldderby.com/article/2017/edie-falco-law-order-true-crime-the-menendez-murders-awards-news/

‘Law & Order True Crime’ Season 1, Episode 3: Court TV

“If you knew Erik and Lyle, you would know that they are not spoiled,” Abramson tells the cameras. But even the boys’ family, watching at home, knows this doesn’t look good.

For we viewers of this series, however, the imaging is worse for Dr. Oziel, who has swiftly become the ascendant villain among a cast of lawyers, brats and killers. Judalon is an unmitigated disaster, and her testimony to police and in court contradicts his assertions at every turn. She’s clearly enjoying the media spotlight, which is growing ever hotter; Diane Sawyer has contacted her, and she’s thrilled. She is also told that she’ll be tossed out as a witness if she goes on TV.

But that can’t stop her from causing a stir in court. Her impossibly low-cut blouse notwithstanding (“Please ask her to stop flashing her impressive bosom at you,” Abramson begs the

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/arts/television/law-order-true-crime-menendez-murders-season-1-episode-3-recap.html

‘Law & Order True Crime’ Season 1, Episode 3: Court TV – The New …

“If you knew Erik and Lyle, you would know that they are not spoiled,” Abramson tells the cameras. But even the boys’ family, watching at home, knows this doesn’t look good.

For we viewers of this series, however, the imaging is worse for Dr. Oziel, who has swiftly become the ascendant villain among a cast of lawyers, brats and killers. Judalon is an unmitigated disaster, and her testimony to police and in court contradicts his assertions at every turn. She’s clearly enjoying the media spotlight, which is growing ever hotter; Diane Sawyer has contacted her, and she’s thrilled. She is also told that she’ll be tossed out as a witness if she goes on TV.

But that can’t stop her from causing a stir in court. Her impossibly low-cut blouse notwithstanding (“Please ask her to stop flashing her impressive bosom at you,” Abramson begs the

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/arts/television/law-order-true-crime-menendez-murders-season-1-episode-3-recap.html

‘Law & Order’ breaks new ground with ‘True Crime’

The “Law Order” name is not to be taken lightly. Over the course of two-and-a-half decades, writer and producer Dick Wolf amassed one of the largest franchises in the history of television, with a library of over 1,000 episodes, one TV film and five video games. 

The franchise is now in its sixth American television iteration with the premiere of “Law Order True Crime.” In contrast to previous iterations, “True Crime” is not a police procedural or legal drama, but rather an anthology series of real crime stories ripped from recent history, with the first eight-episode season being a dramatization of the investigation, arrest and trial of Beverly Hills socialites Joseph and Erik Menendez for the brutal murders of their parents in 1989.

Since “True Crime” is borrowing from a true story, there is effectively no mystery, so the series makes a number of style departures from previous

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