A&E Greenlights 'Cold Case Files' Reboot From 'The Jinx' Producers

Danny Glover will narrate the new episodes of the Emmy-nominated unscripted series.
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A&E is bringing Cold Case Files back from the dead with the help of the producers behind true crime hit The Jinx.

The A+E Networks cabler has greenlit a reboot of the unscripted series from Blumhouse Television, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Pulling from the 120,000 cold cases in the U.S., each episode will spotlight a single case that has been left unsolved for years, brought to life through cinematic dramatizations and first-person storytelling from the detectives who reopen the case and loved ones who lived through the harrowing experiences. The series will examine different approaches to solving cold cases that are more wide-ranging than ever before, enlisting crowd-solving and social media, as well as new technological advancements to lead to further breakthroughs in each case. 

Danny Glover will narrate the 10-episode season, which launches on Feb. 27 at 9 p.m.

"Cold Case Files remains one of A&E's most beloved and successful series of all time," said A&E executive vp and head of programming Elaine Frontain Bryant. "The new creative team has infused the franchise with a rejuvenated approach to storytelling at a time when true crime investigation is capturing the nation's attention more than ever."

Cold Case Files premiered in 1999 and ran for nearly a decade, resulting in 125 episodes and two Emmy nominations for outstanding nonfiction series. (Bill Kurtis served as the host of the original series, which was produced by his banner Kurtis Productions.)

The reboot comes in the midst of a surge of unscripted true crime TV projects, brought on by the HBO limited series The Jinx, which focused on three such cold cases involving real estate heir Robert Durst, as well as Netflix's hit docuseries Making a Murderer, which has new episodes in the works.

Blumhouse Television (The Jinx) will produce the new Cold Case Files with Ample. Ari Mark and Phil Lott will exec produce for Ample, along with Blumhouse Television's Jason Blum, Marci Wiseman, Jeremy Gold and Jessica Rhoades. Laura Fleury and Evan Lerner will exec produce for A&E. Cold Case Files will be distributed internationally by A+E Networks.

Blumhouse Television continues to expand its TV offerings. The studio's upcoming projects include Amy Adams' HBO drama Sharp Objects and a limited series about former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes' fall from grace that hails from journalist Gabriel Sherman.

Reboots continue to draw heavy interest in Hollywood. Other unscripted reboots include game shows Love Connection at Fox, Celebrity Family Feud, Match Game and $100,000 Pyramid at ABC, with a revival of The Gong Show in the pipeline.

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