True-Crime Series 'Killing Fields' Gets Additional Episode Order at Discovery (Exclusive)

The network has ordered a minimum of six additional episodes of the project, which hails from Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana.
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The case is far from closed for Discovery.

The cable network has ordered a minimum of six more episodes of true-crime series Killing Fields, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

From Emmy-winning executive producers Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana, Killing Fields is shot in real time and centers on homicide detectives as they reopen the case of a young woman found in the Louisiana swampland.

Because it's shot in real time, Levinson spoke with THR about the potential lack of closure and how far he saw the series going.

"We're not going to leave the case open forever either. There's a point where they'll say, 'Okay, we've done what we've done, let's call it a day,' " he said. "We may not resolve the case, but just like in life, certain things aren't answered."

Killing Fields premiered to solid numbers in early January. Thanks to the success of HBO's The Jinx and Netflix's Making a Murderer, true crime has become a hot trend in Hollywood. SundanceTV has followed suit, making its 2005 true crime series The Staircase available again on its website and app.

"This is not your typical true-crime series,” said Discovery Group president Rich Ross. “It is uniquely Discovery by allowing viewers to experience what it’s like to track an active and real criminal investigation."

Killing Fields is produced by Sirens Media, a Leftfield Entertainment Company. The series airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on Discovery.

 

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