Crime 360: A reality TV police show, Cleveland style

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Since August, film crews from A&E have been following Cleveland police for a new police drama called Crime 360. “We take viewers inside an actual investigation,” explains spokeswoman Emily Spitale. “We go right in with the detectives as they go through the scenes of the crime.” Each week, the show premiers a different case. The first Cleveland episode airs March 20 at 10 pm. In the premier, Detectives Wally Everett and Mike Smith are summoned to the body of a murdered boy, found between two East Side homes. As detectives investigate, they discover clues about the victim's alternate lifestyle, wondering whether it may be connected to his murder… Producers say Cleveland was on their short list of cities they wanted to shoot in. And they insist – not quite convincingly – that it had nothing to do with our high crime rate. “We were really interested in the quality of the investigators [we chose],” says producer Laura Fleury. “Cleveland has a lot of experience.” And a lot of storylines. And unsolved crimes. – Rebecca Meiser

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