‘Dateline’s’ Andrea Canning additionally writes Lifetime and Hallmark motion pictures
Andrea Canning’s true-crime narratives have riveted “Dateline” viewers for eight years.
However within the “Who Knew?” division, Canning doubles as a author of TV flicks, together with “Homekilling Queen,” “Killer Promenade” and “Til Ex Do Us Half” (on Lifetime) and “Ruby Herring Mysteries” and the upcoming “Christmas She Wrote” (starring Danica McKellar) on Hallmark.
“I’ve been an enormous fan of Lifetime and Hallmark for such a very long time,” Canning, 47, tells The Submit. “I’d watch their motion pictures and suppose, ‘Why can’t I do that?’ Particularly the thriller motion pictures, since I used to be working at ‘Dateline’ and have a wealth of knowledge swirling round in my head.
“I contacted one of many [Lifetime] producers whose identify I stored seeing again and again within the credit,” she says. “He stated, ‘Ship me some concepts and a pattern script. Your dialogue is sweet and also you appear to know what you’re doing’ … he was a mentor to me and guided me by means of the method and we ended up making a film collectively [‘A Daughter’s Revenge’].”
4 years and greater than 10 motion pictures later, Canning remains to be cranking them out amidst a busy dwelling life — she and husband Tony Bancroft have 5 daughters and a son — and her work on “Dateline” (airing Friday at 10 p.m. for the primary time in Season 29).
“Usually, after I’m touring for ‘Dateline’ that’s my ‘spare time,’ ” she says. “Once I’m on a aircraft and have already performed my analysis for a ‘Dateline’ story, or at evening in a resort, then I’ll transfer on to the flicks. That’s after I normally write them.
“The Lifetime motion pictures are thrillers, undoubtedly ‘ladies in jeopardy’ who’ve to avoid wasting themselves,” she says. “I’ve a [movie] collection on Hallmark known as ‘Ruby Herring Mysteries’ which is form of a comedy/drama. She’s against the law reporter and pairs up with a detective — they form of bump heads and find yourself falling in love with one another.” (Effectively, it is Hallmark Channel, in any case.)
Canning’s real-life backstory rivals any of her fictional TV motion pictures. She spent a number of years babysitting for “Baywatch” star David Hasselhoff and his spouse — and was roommates with Ryan Seacrest earlier than he shot to fame on “American Idol.”
The Canadian-born Canning first met Hasselhoff when, nonetheless a pupil at Ryerson College in Toronto, she talked her approach right into a summer time internship at “Baywatch” in LA, working, for essentially the most half, at Hasselhoff’s workplace on the studio lot. “They did some [‘Baywatch’] condominium scenes and had the [water] tank there the place they did all of the underwater scenes,” she says. “Every thing else was performed on the seaside. I used to be largely within the manufacturing workplace and would exit to the set and do what was wanted.”
After Canning returned to highschool, she as soon as once more crossed paths with Hasselhoff. “David was making a movie-of-the week in Toronto and my cousin stated, ‘I feel David Hasselhoff is within the subway down the road capturing one thing’,” she says. “I hadn’t talked to David and his spouse as a result of I’d left LA. So I discovered them on the set and he or she stated, ‘Would you come again with us?’ In order that’s how that occurred.”
Returning to LA, Canning finally landed at “Further,” first on the project desk after which on-camera — which led to her assembly Seacrest, then a widely known radio character on Star 98.7 FM.
“I’d moved out of the Hasselhoffs’ place — I’d nonetheless babysit for them part-time, however I wasn’t residing there anymore,” she says. “A pal drove me to a celebration, which Ryan was internet hosting with one other gentleman and one other lady. It was a four-room townhouse. Their roommate had moved out the day earlier than and by some means it got here up that I used to be on the lookout for a spot to reside and [Seacrest’s roommate, Mark] stated to me, actually on the spot, ‘Do you need to transfer in right here?’ ” She then spoke to Seacrest. “I used to be like, ‘Positive,’ so I moved within the subsequent day.”
October marks Canning’s eighth 12 months on “Dateline”; she’s logged 100 hours of first-run reveals and says there’s one story, specifically, that continues to resonate for her.
“It was a couple of cheerleader who was being stalked by her boyfriend — he shot by means of her home and killed her,” she says. “It’s a narrative that haunts mother and father and … and it simply broke my coronary heart. They’re all onerous [to report] and a few of them simply actually get you — they seize you and break your coronary heart.
“It’s actually crushing when somebody is taken away from you for the worst causes.”
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