ABC orders crime scene reality show from 'CSI' creator

If you think you’re good at picking the killer on TV crime shows, this is the reality series for you.

ABC has ordered a new unscripted show from the creator of the CSI franchise called Whodunnit? The show puts 13 contestants’ investigative skills to the test in a mystery competition from producers Anthony E. Zuiker (CSI) and Cris Abrego (Rock of Love).

Here’s the official description: “Each week players will use a variety of crime scene investigation techniques to meticulously uncover evidence that will ultimately reveal who among them is the killer. The interactive series will pit 13 amateur sleuths against each other in a quest to solve a series of puzzling murders. Some will form alliances and others will choose to go it alone just to get them closer to the grand prize. The contestants will reside in a glamorous estate where each week they must solve a new crime in order to advance in the game. Failure to solve the crime will lead to each player’s demise until only three are left standing. In the final episode, only one player will unmask the killer and take home the $250,000 prize.”

The show could be described as “CSI meets Clue.”

Said Zuiker in a statement: “I’ve built a career telling crime stories, and if there is one thing that I’ve learned, especially from “CSI”, it is that the audience loves to solve the mystery. Whodunnit? allows everyday fans to be in the show themselves, and get the chance every week to do what they love best, which is ultimately solve the case.”

Added Abrego: “The mystery fans who suddenly find themselves in the middle of an unfolding murder mystery won’t actually be playing for their lives, of course, but they’ll certainly feel like they are, and it promises to be just as engaging, and suspenseful, for the viewers at home.”

Whodunnit? will premiere this summer on ABC.

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