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TLC's quickly axed 'Women of Homicide' is resurrected on ID as 'Inside Homicide'

Summer Benton earned her fedora after closing her first homicide case. She is a star of the docu-series, now dubbed "Inside Homicide" for ID. CREDIT: TLC

Homicide victims don't come back to life - at least in this non-zombie world of ours.

But homicide shows apparently can.

TLC in April debuted a crime reality series called "Women of Homicide" featuring Atlanta Police Department homicide detective Summer Benton. The show, which also focused on two Cincinnati female homicide detectives, did so poorly, TLC dumped it after two episodes. (My original story on the show.)

Cable networks rarely kill shows off that quickly but executives clearly figured out this was the wrong show on the wrong network. TLC is better known for profiling individuals and families outside the norm of society (e.g. "Long Island Medium," "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," "19 Kids and Counting," "Breaking Amish," "Gypsy Sisters').

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Crime shows? Not so much.

But Discovery Communications also owns Investigation Discovery, where crime stories are in its DNA.

So Discovery re-named the program under the new hard-boiled name "Inside Homicide" and moved it to ID, where it will debut October 9 at 10 p.m.

This is an unusual situation where a quickly axed show is resurrected under a different name on a different network. Honestly, I can't recall another example, though they may exist.

The first episode will focus on Det. Benton’s investigation of the murder of William Carter, for which former fiance Victoria Rickman is now set to stand trial. (We at the AJC covered the case, too.) The title of the episode? "Black Widow."

Here's how ID describes the case:

Frantic Victoria Rickman calls 911 and reports that she has been sexually assaulted and has shot her attacker, William Carter, in an act of self-defense. Once Atlanta’s Detective Benton begins her investigation, she quickly finds out there may be much more to this story, including the victim’s history with the man she just killed.

All episodes that were previously set to go on TLC have been updated, a spokeswoman said. Eight episodes were created. Benton is featured in five of them.

TV preview

"Inside Homicide"

10 p.m. Thursdays, starting October 9, ID




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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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