The executive producers of ABC's new murder mystery reality series "Whodunnit?" talked to Channel 7 about the new show and why you need to watch!
"CSI" creator and forensic science expert Anthony Zuiker and reality show mogul Cris Abrego answered questions about their collaboration and how "Whodunnit?" came together, as well as what audiences can expect.
"Whodunnit?" puts 13 guests' investigative skills to the test, as contestants will use a variety of crime scene investigation techniques to meticulously uncover evidence in a series of puzzling murders and to ultimately reveal who among them is the killer.
Some guests will form partnerships in the competition, while others will choose to go it alone in their quest for the reward of $250,000.
The guests will reside on a glamorous estate called Rue Manor, complete with Butler Giles (Gildart Jackson), and each week must solve a new crime in order to advance in the game.
Failure to solve the crime will lead to a guest's demise, until only three are left. In the final episode, one guest will unmask the killer and take home the grand prize.
Here's what Zuiker and Abreg had to say.
1. Explain what the show is, for those who might not know.
2. Your respective backgrounds seem like a perfect marriage for this show. How did it come about, and how did you two end up working together?
3. Anthony, particularly with your experience in serious drama, what was it like to get that call and to have the chance to do something like this?
4. Murder mystery? Gotta have a butler! Talk about the search for Giles and how you settled on Gildart Jackson.
5. Some contestants have a crime-related background, i.e. a prosecutor, an ex-detective, a crime reporter, etc. Then you have a cheerleader and a trivia host thrown in. Talk about the mix of contestants.
6. Who got to think up all the different murders, and how much fun was it to do so? And did the fact that they have to act out their own deaths affect casting?
7. Can you give us any examples of murders that didn't make it?
8. Chris, how is this different from other reality shows you've done in the past?
9. Anthony, you're writing a companion book series to go along with the show. Talk a bit about that.
10. There are serious elements to the show, but there's also a lot that's tongue in cheek. Do you expect the audience to take it seriously? Or is it just a fun summer show?
Be sure to tune in to the premiere, Sunday, June 23 at 9 p.m., only on ABC!