Josh Charles Joins 'Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders'

The Emmy-nominated actor will play the Menendez brothers' psychiatrist.
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Josh Charles is returning to court.

The former Good Wife star has joined Dick Wolf's forthcoming anthology series Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The eight-episode first installment of the anthology is described as a "gripping in-depth dramatization" of the famed murder case that took America by storm in the early 1990s. When brothers Lyle and Erik Menendez were tried on national TV for brutally killing their parents in Beverly Hills on Aug. 20, 1989, their story became a nationwide obsession. Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders dives into the players, the crime and the media circus, detailing the day-to-day battles of the trial and unveiling the shocking truth of what really went down behind the scenes.

The Emmy-nominated Charles will play Dr. Jerome Oziel, the Menendez brothers’ controversial psychiatrist who plays a pivotal role in the case.

The cast also includes Edie Falco, Gus Halper, Miles Gaston Villanueva, Chris Bauer, Cliff Chamberlain, Lolita Davidovich, Anthony Edwards, Carlos Gomez, Heather Graham, Sam Jaeger, Constance Marie, Julianne Nicholson and Elizabeth Reaser. 

The role reunites Charles with Nicholson and Reaser, both of whom played his love interests on The Good Wife during his five-season run on the acclaimed CBS legal drama. Since leaving the drama in 2014, he has recurred on Masters of Sex, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Inside Amy Schumer. Charles is next to set to appear on the sequel series Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. The WME-repped actor's recent film roles include Freeheld and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

Ordered to series last July, Law & Order True Crime follows in the vein of true-crime scripted dramas like The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime StoryLaw & Order vet Rene Balcer serves as showrunner, while Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland) will direct several episodes. The two will executive produce with Wolf, Peter Jankowski and Arthur W. Forney. Universal Television will produce in association with Wolf Films.

Principal photography on the drama began Monday.

Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders is set to premiere Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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