Anthony E. Zuiker, creator of the CSI franchise, brings the world of murder and intrigue to his first primetime reality series, Whodunnit?, airing in nine episodes this summer on the ABC Television Network. Cris Abrego partners with Zuiker for the new series.
Whodunnit? puts 13 guests' investigative skills to the test in a riveting mystery reality competition. Guests 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 with a steward, 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 $250,000 reward.
Whodunnit? is produced by Dare to Pass and 51 Minds. Anthony E. Zuiker and Cris Abrego are executive producers. Matt Weinberg, president of Dare to Pass, also serves as producer.
Anthony E. Zuiker is the creator of television's hugely successful "CSI" franchise, which includesCSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami and CSI: New York. He also serves as executive producer alongside Whit Anderson on Wonderland, a new drama pilot currently in production. Zuiker's production company, Dare to Pass, has a three-year first-look deal with ABC Studios to develop new scripted series in partnership with Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Zuiker is also credited as one of the most groundbreaking cross-platform storytellers today. He created and executive-produced Cybergeddon, the digital blockbuster for Yahoo! which launched in September of 2012 as a series of installments that rolled out sequentially over three days in 25 different countries and in 10 different languages. He also pioneered the "Digi-novel" genre as author of the Level 26 series, published by Dutton/Penguin Group.
Cris Abrego is a name that is synonymous when referencing reality television. He formed his own production company, 51 Minds, where he created and served as executive producer onNext Action Star with producing partner Joel Silver. Abrego created and executive-producedThe Surreal Life, which in its third season made a move to cable and became the cornerstone of the network's Celebreality programming block, which included Flavor of Love and Rock of Love.
Abrego has produced more than 11 different franchise series, including T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, La La's Full Court Life and CMT's Top Secret Recipe.