Will 'The Case Of' Return With A New Case? The CBS Docuseries Has Already Undergone Some Changes
Investigators are digging deep into the unsolved murder case of 6-year-old JonBenét Ramsey for the docuseries The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey on CBS. While who killed Ramsey has been a mystery for 20 years now, experts — some who had worked on the original case and some who are new to the case — are trying to see if there is any new evidence that could help them solve this murder for The Case Of. Although the two episodes of this CBS special are strictly focused on who killed Ramsey, if you're interested in true crime, then you may be rooting for The Case Of to return to CBS as an anthology series. That would mean CBS could use this platform to have investigators look into other cold cases after the series about Ramsey concludes on Monday, Sept. 19.
When covering the plethora of JonBenét Ramsey specials that will be happening in 2016, Cosmopolitan reported, " The Case Of … will be an ongoing anthology series at CBS, with future seasons delving into other unsolved or mysterious cases." However, CBS has released no official statement about continuing the series and when Bustle reached out to the network about the prospect of The Case Of becoming an anthology series, a representative had no comment.
The Case Of is an evolving series for CBS since as recently as Sept. 12 it was announced that the series was going to be cut from six hours to four hours, based on the material that was filmed for it. That change, along with the first part of The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey going over evidence that has already been repeatedly analyzed by the media, doesn't make me feel confident that there will be more episodes of The Case Of.
If CBS did want to make this a reoccuring docuseries, then its success may be directly tied to the cases that The Case Of would cover and the experts used to investigate them. Since retired FBI supervisory special agent and profiler Jim Clemente and former New Scotland Yard criminal behavioral analyst Laura Richards are taking on the Ramsey case with a fairly fresh perspective for The Case Of, the two of them could tackle another unsolved case if the series were to continue. However, Clemente was brought in on the Ramsey case in 1998 and The Case Of features other experts who also worked on the original case. Because of that, if The Case Of became serialized, the series may want to bring in different experts, specific to future cases the show would cover, to ensure the specialists have the right résumés to examine these unsolved crimes.
As intriguing as the Ramsey case is, it becomes exhausting to rehash the same details over and over again and I always feel bad for those personally affected by her devastating death since they'll never get any peace with the media's obsession with the crime. That same issue would plague any potential future iterations of The Case Of to some degree, but I'm sure that wouldn't stop people who are into solving mysteries and learning about true crime from tuning in.
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