Due to its popularity, CNN executive vice president Ken Jautz, who oversees sister network HLN, has renewed Forensic Files II for two more seasons, he announced on Tuesday. Each of the two new seasons will have sixteen 30-minute episodes, airing in 2021.
“We are thrilled to continue our association with what is still the most iconic brand in the genre,” said Jautz in a prepared statement. “Thanks to the skill and creativity of [executive producer] Nancy Duffy and her team, Forensic Files II exceeded expectations and was an unequivocal hit among viewers. And we of course have Paul Dowling to thank for trusting us with his exceptional creation,” he added.
“Our goal was to continue the Forensic Files legacy, telling new stories about how science and advanced forensic techniques are used to crack the most difficult cases. . . and the loyal Forensic Files fan base responded enthusiastically,” said Duffy. “I second Ken by offering gratitude to Paul who provided guidance as we rebooted the series,” she added.
Forensic Files II is HLN’s top original series to date and delivered its time best time period performance in 20 years (Sundays, 10-11pm). The series was also #1 in cable news and among true crime networks (ID, A&E and Oxygen) in its time period.Follow @CommentaryCNN