Dick Wolf, Who Created the Popular 'Law & Order' Franchise, Sells New Reality Cop Series to Cable Network Variety

Dick Wolf, who has gone from creating commercials for Crest toothpaste early in his career to creating one of the most enduring franchises in TV history -- the original "Law & Order" and all of its spinoffs -- has sold a new reality cop series.

"A&E has greenlit 'D.O.A.' (working title), an eight-episode non-fiction series [from Wolf] which will follow an elite team of detectives who will re-investigate controversial murder cases," writes Debra Birnbaum in a scoop for Variety.

Her story continues: "The team includes Chicago homicide police officer Michelle Wood; Miami detective Joe Schillaci, a 30-year veteran; and Kevin 'Spider' Gannon, a retired NYPD detective."

The executive producers for the series are Wolf and Tom Thayer.