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‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’ Finds Its Attorney Jill Lansing

Julianne Nicholson joins the NBC drama, marking her fourth series with Dick Wolf

Julianne Nicholson has landed the role of defense attorney Jill Lansing in NBC’s “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.” 

This marks Nicholson’s fourth series with “Law & Order” franchise creator Dick Wolf. The actress guest-starred on the original “Law and Order,” was a series regular on “Conviction” and co-starred in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

Launching this fall, “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” is an eight-episode series offering a dramatization of the real-life murder trial of Lyle and Erik Menendez that dominated headlines in the 1990s.

Previously announced cast members for “The Menendez Murders” include Miles Gaston Villanueva as Lyle, Gus Halper as Erik and Edie Falco as defense attorney Leslie Abramson.

Lansing, who was Abramson’s partner on the case, is described as a caring professional who was dedicated to the brothers’ defense after they were charged with murdering their parents.

Rene Balcer will write and executive produce, while Lesli Linka Glatter will direct and executive produce. Wolf, Peter Jankowski and Arthur W. Forney are also onboard to executive produce. Universal Television and Wolf Films are behind the series.

Nicholson is repped by manager Davien Littlefield and UTA.

True-crime shows continue to be trendy for networks: Netflix has had success with such docuseries as its recent “The Keepers,” while FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” nabbed nine Emmys at last year’s ceremony.

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