Court TV laces suburban tales with 'Secrets'


Court TV is going into the heart of suburbia with a new nonfiction series that covers stories of crime committed by the unlikeliest of people.

The network has given the green light to "Suburban Secrets," which is described as "City Confidential" meets "Desperate Housewives." The series tells the true tales of criminal acts that take place in suburban towns — committed by devoted mothers, community leaders and hardworking neighbors — and shows how a scandal can affect a small town. The stories are told from the people who lived it.

The 15-episode half-hour series, which will be shot in various U.S. locations through February, is set to premiere in the first quarter. It's produced in association with Sirens Media.

"The crimes in this series are real, and by going back to the actual locations — many of which are in small, peaceful-looking towns — and meeting the real people involved in these shocking events, viewers for the first time get to go totally inside a true crime story," said Marc Juris, general manager of programming and marketing at Court TV. " 'Suburban Secrets' is the perfect complement to our growing roster of entertaining original programming fare for 2007."

Robyn Hutt, senior vp current programming and specials at Court TV, is the executive in charge of production. Valerie Haselton Drescher and Rebecca Toth Diefenbach are executive producers for Sirens Media.