“Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders”
Premieres: Sept. 26 at 10 p.m. (NBC)
The real story: In August 1989, entertainment executive Jose Menendez and his wife, Kitty, were found brutally murdered in their Beverly Hills, Calif., mansion. Their 22-year-old son, Lyle, made a hysterical call to 911, telling an operator that he and his 19-year-old brother, Erik, had come home from a movie to find their parents dead.
Police thought it was a mafia hit. But the brothers — sole heirs to their parents’ $14 million estate — quickly aroused suspicion through lavish spending sprees and bizarre interviews with detectives. They were arrested in March 1990 and later sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The cast: Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”) plays Erik’s defense attorney, Leslie Abramson, who argued that the brothers had endured years of sexual and psychological abuse from their father. Anthony Edwards (“ER”) portrays trial judge Stanley Weisberg, and Gus Halper (“Power”) and Miles Gaston Villanueva (“The Young and the Restless”) star as Erik and Lyle Menendez. Josh Charles (“The Good Wife”) plays the brothers’ psychologist, L. Jerome Oziel, whose audio recordings of their therapy sessions played a pivotal role in the case.
Edie Falco as Abramson