Keith Morrison, a seasoned news broadcaster with a distinguished career spanning over three decades, is widely recognized for his soothing narration on NBC’s Dateline. Beyond his impressive journalism accolades, Morrison also takes pride in being the stepfather of the renowned Friends actor, Matthew Perry.
In 1995, Morrison first joined Dateline as a correspondent, making a significant mark in various journalistic avenues, particularly in the realm of true crime reporting. In recent times, true crime has gained immense popularity in the podcasting world, with shows like Crime Junkie and Last Podcast On the Left captivating audiences with well-known stories. Now, it appears that Morrison is venturing into the podcasting arena himself. The question arises: will he be contributing to the already thriving true crime podcast genre with his new series?
Contrary to expectations, Keith Morrison’s latest podcast venture delves into fiction. Timed perfectly for the eerie atmosphere of the spooky season, Morrison is leveraging his iconic voice to narrate “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving on his podcast series, Morrisons’ Mysteries. Originally penned in 1820, this timeless tale has served as the inspiration for various pop culture adaptations, including Tim Burton’s cinematic rendition of Sleepy Hollow and a short-lived television series on Fox. The narrative revolves around Ichabod Crane, who finds himself entangled in supernatural phenomena in upstate New York.
Given its supernatural elements and evocative ambiance, Sleepy Hollow is a fitting story for release on Halloween. While Washington Irving’s iconic tale is relatively concise, it will unfold over several episodes. The podcast series, Morrisons’ Mysteries, is labeled as season 1, implying the potential for more captivating and enigmatic stories in the future. Should Morrison explore similar material, investigating murder mysteries or delving into Agatha Christie’s beloved investigator Hercule Poirot could be a compelling route. Christie’s work has garnered renewed interest in pop culture, with acclaimed actor and director Kenneth Branagh taking on the iconic character in cinematic adaptations of her novels.
Venturing into these narratives could offer a diverse range of content for Morrison’s podcast, with the added bonus of injecting humor for listeners to enjoy. However, given that these books are longer than Washington’s short story, it may lead to more extended seasons in the future. While there is no definitive confirmation regarding the extent of Morrison’s plans for the show, it undeniably promises to be a delightful addition for fans of the accomplished correspondent.