CBS All Access: Interrogation series adds Kodi Smit-McPhee to cast


CBS All Access has announced the addition of Kodi Smit-McPhee to the cast of new true crime series Interrogation, also starring Kyle Gallner.

CBS All Access isn’t all reruns and Star Trek anymore. The streaming service has announced Interrogation, a new original series based on the true story of a man convicted of brutally murdering his mother and his two-decade struggle to prove his innocence. The series stars Kyle Gallner as the convicted man.

Gallner has appeared as a recurring character on series such as Veronica Mars, Big Love, Smallville, and Outsiders. Kodi Smit-McPhee, who is best known as Nightcrawler in X-men Apocalypse and the upcoming Dark Phoenix movie, will play a troubled teen who meets Gallner’s character at a drug rehabilitation facility.

The series is co-created by Swedish writer-director Anders Weidemann (Monky) and John Mankiewicz (House MDHouse of Cards). The series also stars Peter Sarsgaard (The Looming Tower) as the detective on the case, and David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck) will play the suburban father whose life is torn apart when his 17-year-old son commits and heinous crime.

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Perhaps the most interesting and innovative thing about the series is that it is designed and intended to be watched in any order. The episodes do not follow each other in any particular order, allowing the viewer to watch the series in their own unique narrative flow.

Depending on the order in which you watch the episodes, presumably, some plot points and events would take on new and nuanced meaning, perhaps emphasizing the importance of some events over others or forming interesting narrative connections. The viewer is turned into a detective, looking at the case from different angles, with the final episode and solution to be released at a later date.

I cannot think of another series that does this purposefully, but some cult series have multiple orders in which it was aired depending on the country and the network on which it was broadcast. Patrick McGoohan’s The Prisoner consistently reveals new details upon each viewing but is made even more interesting because there are multiple orders in which you can view the episodes to make a narrative whole.

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While I applaud the creative innovation of the idea, I also applaud the development of an artistic idea that would prompt multiple screenings of the series from a single viewer. Very clever indeed.

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Source: Deadline