True crime continues to be a hot TV genre, with a series that has been performing well for Discovery Channel, “Killing Fields,” now having its episode order expanded. Discovery announced that it has ordered at least six additional episodes of the series.
The announcement comes as Netflix is enjoying success in the genre with its Steven Avery project “Making a Murderer” and follows the success of HBO with the 2015 miniseries “The Jinx,” about Robert Durst.
“Killing Fields” is produced for Discovery by Sirens Media, a Leftfield Entertainment Company known for its work in the crime space in unscripted television. It examines a 1997 cold case from Louisiana about the death of LSU grad student Eugenie Boisfontaine.
“The series had a strong debut and continues to grow week to week across key measures,” the cable network said in Tuesday’s announcement. “The series also has cemented Discovery as the #1 unscripted general entertainment cable net in the 10 p.m. hour across key demos, with last week’s episode setting new ratings highs among both men and women.”
In the announcement, Rich Ross, Group President of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel, said: “This is not your typical true crime series. It is uniquely Discovery by allowing viewers to experience what it’s like to track an active and real criminal investigation.”
“Killing Fields” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on the Discovery Channel, with its season finale set for Feb. 9.
The series is produced by Sirens Media and co-executive produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Tom Fontana (“St. Elsewhere,” “Homicide: Life On The Street,” “Oz” and “The Philanthropist”) and Academy Award-winning director Barry Levinson (“Rain Man,” “Diner,” “Bugsy,” “Wag the Dog” and “Good Morning, Vietnam”).