11:47am PT by Michael O'Connell
TNT Renews Dick Wolf's 'Cold Justice'
TNT finally has an unscripted success story. After several lackluster launches over the last two years, the Turner network has given a second-season renewal to Cold Justice.
The reality series debuted to strong ratings in September, bringing in 2.9 million viewers to make it one of cable's top 10 unscripted series launches of 2013. It also stands as one of basic cable's top five new unscripted series of the third quarter -- averaging 2.5 million viewers in Live+Three Day returns.
Cold Justice, from Dick Wolf's Wolf Films and Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz's Magical Elves, follows former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former crime-scene investigator Yolanda McClary. The duo's work in solving old murder cases has already led to a confession and three indictments for murder.
"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," said TNT and TBS' unscripted senior vp David Eilenberg. "Viewers have come to see Kelly and Yolanda as a real-life counterpart to such crime-drama duos as Cagney & Lacey and even our own Rizzoli & Isles."
The freshman season wraps Oct. 22, with the 10-episode sophomore run planned for early 2014. It will join Boston's Finest as the only other returning reality offering.