Is Dick Wolf bored? Does he have too much time on his hands? What other explanation could there be for the veteran producer to have developed yet another TV series in the form of Oxygen’s true crime Murder for Hire, which premieres on April 7.
The network describes the show as follows: “The series gives an exclusive look into the dark world of contract killings, showcasing some of the most fascinating murder for hire cases ever caught on tape. In an alarming trend, investigators are seeing a sharp increase in hired hits across the country, and those attempting shockingly include: housewives, wealthy bankers, military officers and even grandmothers. From scorned lovers to jealous relatives, the show explores in rare, never-before-seen footage, how a seemingly good relationship can go wrong and the emotions surrounding the reveal when an intended victim discovers a hit has been taken on their life. Each standalone episode will feature a different case of undercover agents immersing the viewer into the real life sting and investigation as they attempt to catch the perpetrator and ultimately prevent a murder.”
Comments Dick Wolf, “Some of the most horrifying crimes are crimes of passion and money, and we are the first to explore in depth the motives and tactics used in these ‘murders for hire.’ Viewers will be stunned when they understand the lengths to which aggrieved parties go to get revenge.”
Currently he has the following series on the air: Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. Chicago Med and the long-running Law & Order: SVU on NBC; FBI on CBS, and Cold Justice on Oxygen. Oh, and coming this year to NBC is Law & Order: Hate Crimes.
Wolf began his career back in 1978 with the screenplay for Skateboard, and by 1984 was named executive script consultant of Michael Mann’s Miami Vice. Five years later he was credited with creating the shows Gideon Oliver (Louis Gossett, Jr.) and Christine Cromwell (starring Jaclyn Smith). One year after that — in 1990 — he created the original Law & Order and the rest is history.
Murder for Hire premieres April 7.