Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers
The latest addition to the Law & Order franchise rips a page straight from Ryan Murphy's playbook with an eight-episode dramatization of one of the most notorious crimes of the last quarter century: Eric and Lyle Menendez's gruesome murder of their parents in 1989. Two relative unknowns (Gus Halper and Miles Gaston Villanueva) star as the titular homicidal duo, bolstered by a supporting cast of seasoned, talented actors in comically era-appropriate hairpieces. Edie Falco (The Sopranos, Nurse Betty) plays charismatic and controversial defense attorney Leslie Abramson, Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) is Deputy D.A. Pam Bozanich, and Anthony Edwards (ER) presides as Judge Stanley Weisberg, bringing to life some of the most gripping courtroom testimony in true crime history: Eric and Lyle's tearful allegations that they murdered their parents after enduring years of psychological, physical and sexual abuse. It may not have been enough to convince a jury to acquit, but whether the emotion was real or a performance, Eric and Lyle's testimony was gut-wrenching – and could mean Emmy gold for Halper, Villanueva and Falco.