Crime is paying for 48 Hours Mystery
After fighting each year for a spot on the prime-time schedule, the long-running newsmagazine is looking more secure since it's been turned into what could be called CSI: CBS News
The show still has its single-topic format, but gone are the long-winded intros by a CBS anchor, so viewers now get right into the story.
The changes have resulted in decent ratings and a different kind of show for CBS News. While 60 Minutes
wouldn't touch the Laci Peterson
murder case — which has offered up endless fodder for lurid supermarket tabloid covers — 48 Hours Mystery
dove right in.
But the show is at its best when it takes a Law & Order
-esque look at less high-profile whodunits drawn from real life, such as the murder of a Williamsport, Penn., woman by her surgeon husband.
This week's episode (Saturday at 10 pm/ET on CBS) features the grisly tale of an unassuming fourth-grade teacher who hacked her husband to death, then ran errands with his body in her car.
Says executive producer Susan Zirinsky
, "I wanted to call that show 'A Very