Judging from the same interview, it seems that not everyone was expecting the true crime boom, including Josh Mankiewicz. “When I joined 27 years ago, I didn’t see the real crime wave coming,” he marveled. Nonetheless, Mankiewicz is equally anxious to ensure that “Dateline” is recognized for his role. While it’s not clear if Andrea Canning saw it coming, who can really say he’s able to predict pop culture trends? – She seems pretty clear about how her program’s approach to crime as storytelling has influenced the way audiences see and appreciate the genre. In 2021, she did an interview with Town & Country magazine, where the very first question was why viewers feel they have such a connection to true crime.
“I think people are generally interested in true crime because they love seeing a mystery unfold from start to finish,” Canning replied. “We are all curious. So many families look perfect on the outside, but there are so many secrets behind those walls.” If the sheer volume of true-crime documentaries and docuseries on streamers like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and others is any indication, it’s an interest , which won’t go away anytime soon.