It was the other trial of the century, televised live nationwide with millions of viewers watching, just two years before the O.J. Simpson trial usurped the title of “Trial of the Century.”
The trial of the Menendez brothers, Lyle and Erik, in the 1989 killing of their parents is at the center of the first venture by NBC’s “Law & Order” franchise into true crime, with the series “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” premiering tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 26.
Executive producer Dick Wolf gave the backstory on the series recently at the Paley Center for Media’s Fall TV Preview, noting that details that were kept out of the trial help explain the brothers’ motivations — and making the point that if the trial were held today, the outcome would likely be different.
Also on hand was Edie Falco, who plays defense attorney Leslie Abramson in the series, along with showrunner Rene Balcer and cast members including Heather Graham, Lolita Davidovich, Miles Gaston Villanueva (Lyle Menendez) and Gus Halper (Erik Menendez).
Please click here to read TVWeek Open Mic writer Hillary Atkin’s full report and watch a sneak peek video.