Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Siegler seeks affirmation from 'Cold Justice' audiences that voters wouldn't provide

There was a time not long ago when politics was openly considered "show business for ugly people." But in the YouTube/reality-TV era, politicians increasingly look like TV news anchors and show business offers a second career, even, for failed politicians. Further blurring those lines in Grits' own neck of the woods, former Harris County District Attorney candidate Kelly Siegler last night launched a new reality TV show on cable staple TNT called "Cold Justice," I've been everywhere reminded by the TV press. Here's a two-minute preview for the show, which laments the "epidemic" of unsolved murder cases in small towns. Reported the Houston Chronicle:
In "Cold Justice," which premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday on TNT, Siegler travels to small towns to investigate unsolved murders.

Siegler has always had a flair for the dramatic. Before she left the district attorney's office, she tried and won 68 murder cases in Harris County - many of them the grisly, high-profile variety. In 2004, she got national attention when she brought a bloody mattress straight from a crime scene into the courtroom and tied a colleague to the bed, pretending to stab him so the jury could get a clear picture of the murder scene. (A Lifetime TV movie was made about that case last year.)

Siegler pitched the idea for "Cold Justice" to executive producer Dick Wolf, who created "Law & Order."

"That was probably three years ago," Siegler said. "Right away, Dick Wolf said, 'That's a great idea. We're going to do that idea.' "

In "Cold Justice," each case unfolds with the tick-tock pace of a "Law & Order" episode. Siegler is paired with Yolanda McClary, a former crime scene investigator for the Las Vegas Police Department. The duo arrives in a small town and meets with local detectives, learning the twists and turns of an unsolved murder case. Then they spend about 10 days examining the evidence, re-interviewing witnesses and family members and trying to bring the case to some sort of resolution.

Eight episodes have been filmed to complete the show's first season.

"Cold Justice" will visit towns all over the country, but it starts in Texas: In the first episode, Siegler and McClary go to DeWitt County to investigate a 2001 death in Cuero. A woman's death was ruled a suicide, but her daughter believes she was murdered by her live-in boyfriend. They revisit the crime scene and interview family members, plucking the truth out of their wildly conflicting stories.
Kelly Siegler showed a flair for the dramatic when she was a prosecutor for the district attorney's office in Harris County.

In next week's episode, Siegler and McClary investigate the 2006 stabbing death of a Louisiana woman. Without a weapon, fingerprints or a witness, local police haven't been able to break the case open - but the "Cold Justice" team interrogates a few suspects and pieces the story together.
We'll see if the show takes off. After Duck Dynasty, who can tell? I can see why Siegler would be an almost perfect made-for-reality-TV prosecutor. To say she earned a reputation for the theatric as a real-world ADA in Harris County would be an understatement. And her brief introduction to retail politics should prepare her to promote the show. If Siegler had been elected Harris County District Attorney in 2008 instead of losing in a runoff to Pat Lykos, IMO she'd have been a media darling and instant Texas GOP star with an inside track to becoming Attorney General in the 2014 election cycle. In that sense, "Cold Justice" was a shorter step for Siegler than it might appear from a distance. The Republican Party's loss was reality TV's gain. Grits wishes her luck; I bet she's a natural.


doran said...

Grits, your comment about modern politicians being not-ugly is right on.

The Texas GOP has taken advantage of the public's desire for eye-candy politicians and has perfected the process of getting them elected. You may have noticed how most Texas GOP politicians tend to be pretty (male as well as female), not too bright (male as well as female), and possessed of a really impressive ability to lie convincingly.

Texas Dems are starting to move in the direction of the first characteristic above. However, I doubt that they will be able or willing to dumb down to the level of most local GOP pols. The real test for Dems will be to avoid appearing to be too smart. Ted Cruz got away with it, but only because he is an expert at dissembling.

Lee said...

I watched the show and it was more documentary in nature more suited like Dateline or the Discovery channel. I did not see it as the legal Drama of Law and Order or Shark (2006-2008) as they are marketing it out to TNT viewers.

Anonymous said...

I will be very interested to see if any of the cases "solved" on the show result in successful prosecutions. Cold cases are hard (that's usually why they're cold!) and, in my opinion, one isn't truly solved until a jury finds the actual perpetrator(s) guilty and an appellate court (or two)agrees. That being said, I wish them all the luck in this endeavor.

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