True crime fans might want to take a look at a new scripted show on CBS All Access called Interrogation because it turned a real-life, 30-year case into a 10-episode season investigating if a 17-year-old brutally murdered his mother in 1983. The show drops Thursday, February 6 and here’s how to watch online.
The show is exclusive to CBS All Access, which is available via either of the following options:
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If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber or you want to start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch all CBS content–including CBS All Access exclusives such as this one–via the CBS All Access Amazon Channel, which comes with a seven-day free trial:
Once you’re signed up for the Prime CBS All Access Channel, you can then watch the show on your computer via the Amazon website, or you can watch on your phone (Android and iPhone compatible), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or other streaming device via the Amazon Video app.
This option, which also comes with a free trial, is ultimately the same as the Amazon option, only you’ll watch on CBS’ digital platforms instead:
Once signed up for CBS All Access, you can watch the show on your computer via the CBS website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone compatible), tablet, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or other streaming device via the CBS app.
With the advent of streaming services dropping entire seasons at one time, Interrogation is attempting something new — viewers are advised to watch the first episode of the season, then they are told to skip around among the next eight episodes, acting like a cold-case detective by pursuing the truth in a non-linear fashion. After they have seen all aspects of the case on which the season is based, they can watch the season finale, which puts forth a theory about what really happened.
The season is the dramatization of a real-life crime that spanned more than 30 years. The names have changed, but the facts remain the same — Eric Fisher (Kyle Gallner) was accused of brutally murdering his mother in 1983 when he is only 17 years old. Detective David Russell (Peter Sarsgaard) is the lead investigator and he is convinced that Eric is guilty — so much so that he will stop at nothing to get a conviction, which he does eventually get. But that’s not a spoiler because Eric spent the next two decades fighting to prove his innocence.
Gallner and Sarsgaard anchor the cast, but they are surrounded by a very strong supporting cast in David Strathairn as Eric’s father, Henry, Joanna Going as Eric’s mother, Mary, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Eric’s roommate, Chris, Vincent D’Onofrio as another officer on the force, Sgt. Ian Lynch, Frank Whaley as Russell’s partner, and Andre Royo as the private investigator Eric hires to help him, Charlie Shannon.
The creators came upon this case by working with consultants and though they changed the names, they kept pretty much every other detail intact.
“As soon as you start to invent things that don’t even have a sparkle of truth, that wouldn’t work,” executive producer Anders Weidemann told us in an interview at the 2020 Television Critics Association winter press tour. “So even the stuff that we had to fill in the holes, it’s derived from real authentic things that can be used. We used a lot of consultants to help us with that.”
“What happened for real and what does [Eric] know? That’s really hard for us to answer,” he adds, but says that with the season finale, they are presenting “a very plausible theory of what happened” — but viewers should also remember that “it’s still a theory.”
Interrogation drops in its entirety on Thursday, February 6 on CBS All Access.
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