New CBS Series Lets Viewers do some Detective Work

Interrogation is an innovative new crime series on CBS All Access that lets the audience decide what the truth might be. The CBS All Access series (which premieres today) focuses on the true story about the unresolved 1983 murder of Mary Fisher in Sherman Oaks, California.

Her drug-addicted son, Eric, was blamed for the brutal killing, but has for decades denied killing his mom. He instead points the finger at someone else for the slaying, and insists the crime was pinned on him by a corrupt detective.

Viewers are encouraged to jump around and pick which of the 10 episodes to watch in any order they like. Each episode focuses on a different main character and the audience is supposed to actively decide which they want to follow, just like a choose-your-own-adventure novel.


“That’s exactly what cold case detectives do,” John Mankiewicz, who created the series with Anders Weidemann, said. “They throw out the original linear narrative, because the original linear narrative of a first investigation is always wrong, that’s why they’re reinvestigating it.”

It will be interesting to see how interactive tv grows now that the streaming ecosystem is making innovation possible.

What we like about Interrogation, is the creators found a way out of the binary choice model, which we think will be key to a series breaking out into the mainstream and making a splash.


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