For homicide detectives, the clock starts ticking the moment they are called. Their chance of solving a case is cut in half if they don't get a lead in THE FIRST 48™.
If you're into reality TV like millions of others, then the A&E hit series is no foreigner in your household. The First 48 is an intense, real-life crime investigation show located in selected cities throughout the US. I've been a fan of the The First 48 for quite some time. My affair began with the Memphis crew: Detectives Armstrong and Mason. Everyone, including myself, was so intrigued on how Detective Mason remained so fly while solving some of the grittiest crimes around. After the Memphis crew changed cast members, many fans shifted their attention to the Birmingham crew and for good reason.
The Birmingham episodes of The First 48 did not disappoint viewers. The crimes were intense, engaging, and drew viewers in with hopes for closure. In addition, this cast had a detective that attracted a huge female following. If you haven't guessed the reason already, the newest variable was Detective Anderson.
Detective Anderson is the handsome, 6'5 embodiment of masculine style, intellect, and modest charm. According to his many fans, it is his calm, mysterious nature that captivates their attention.
I had the opportunity to speak with Detective Anderson about his role on the show and life as plain ole Chris. As I anticipated, chatting with Detective Anderson (Chris) was like speaking with an old classmate or brother. I was tickled by his southern drawl and humor. I inquired about life in Birmingham, balancing an emotionally charged job with home life, and life after The First 48.
Anderson shared that he's able to maintain balance and peace in his life by relying on his faith, family, and friends. In his free time, he mentors and coaches youngsters. He added that he enjoys attending his children's events particularly sporting events. He too was a athlete in school but has passed the torch to his children. His family enjoys his celebrity but they mostly see him as "hubby and dad". We concluded our conversation with chats about life's transitions such as our upcoming class reunions, friends from high school, and approaching the big 40 in a few years.
It was a pleasure chatting the Detective Anderson; he's truly "the boy next door".