February 9, 2021 – Dateline NBC will debut an all-new true-crime podcast series hosted by Keith Morrison on Tuesday, February 16th. The six-episodeseries, Mommy Doomsday, features Dateline’s year-long exclusive and original reporting on Idaho mom Lori Vallow, who made world-wide headlines after her children, JJ and Tylee, vanished.

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Mommy Doomsday reveals a rare inside look at Vallow and her husband, Chad Daybell, and the events surrounding the disappearance of JJ and Tylee, including Vallow and Daybell’s participation in a fringe religious group that believed doomsday was near. Both Vallow and Daybell have denied any wrongdoing in the case, which Dateline has reported on since the beginning. They are facing charges of destruction, alteration, or concealment of evidence.

The first two episodes of Mommy Doomsday, produced by Dateline and NBC News in partnership with Neon Hum, will be available for download and streaming on any podcast platform on February 16, with the following four episodes debuting over the next three weeks.

This marks the second original true-crime podcast from Morrison, who previously hosted the #1 podcast The Thing About Pam, which has received over 14 million downloads since its September 2019 launch and was listed on Apple’s top 25 most popular new shows of 2019. It was also announced last week that NBC greenlit a straight-to-series based on the story featured in the podcast series. Two-time Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger will star and executive produce the series, in collaboration with Blumhouse Television, NBC News Studios and Zellweger’s Big Picture Co.

Mommy Doomsday is produced by Dateline and NBC News. At Dateline, Shane Bishop and Vincent Sturla are the producers and Linda Zhang is the associate producer. Susan Nalle oversees digital programming, Joe Delmonico is the senior producer and Adam Gorfain is the co-executive broadcast producer. Liz Cole is the executive producer and David Corvo is the senior executive producer. From Neon Hum Media, Odelia Rubin and Hayley Fager are producers. Jonathan Hirsch is the executive producer. Production support from Hansdale Hsu and Nafula Kato with mixing and sound design from Scott Sommerville. Theme music by Andrew Eapen.


Dateline NBC is the longest-running series in NBC primetime history and is in its 29th season. Dateline is anchored by Lester Holt and features correspondents Andrea Canning, Josh Mankiewicz, Natalie Morales, Keith Morrison and Dennis Murphy. Airing Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT, Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT, Dateline is the #1 Friday newsmagazine and reaches more than 17 million people every week through its broadcast, and millions more through its social media platforms and podcasts. Additionally, Dateline closed out 2019-2020 broadcast season as the #1 Friday newsmagazine across the board. David Corvo is the senior executive producer, and Liz Cole is the executive producer.

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February 10, 2021 10:15am ET by NBCUniversal  

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