9:14am PT by Rick Porter
Amanda Peet, Christian Slater to Star in 'Dirty John' Season 2
True-crime anthology series Dirty John has found its next case.
Amanda Peet and Christian Slater are set to star in the second season of the show, which is moving to USA Network after a breakout first run on Bravo. The new installment, subtitled The Betty Broderick Story, will focus on an infamous divorce case that ended in a double homicide.
The story will begin in the 1960s and span a couple of decades as it tells the story of Betty (Peet) and Dan Broderick (Slater). After years of sacrifice and suffering while supporting Dan through both medical and law school, Betty is finally enjoying the fruits of their labors after Dan becomes a superstar in the San Diego legal community. Until, that is, he hires Linda, a bright and beautiful young woman with whom he can forget the struggles of his past.
Betty's attempts to fight back and refusal to accept reality only serve to isolate and destabilize her — to the point where she loses her identity. Dan's cold confidence, meanwhile, blinds him to the bear he won't stop poking until it's too late.
"The first season of Dirty John was a story of twisted love and coercive control — and both these insidious elements are also present in and integral to the story of Betty Broderick, whom I have wanted to write about since I became a writer," said series creator Alexandra Cunningham, who will return as showrunner for season two. "I can't wait to see Amanda and Christian bring it to life."
For Slater, Dirty John is a continuance of his relationship with USA, where he has starred on Mr. Robot for three seasons (the show is ending with its upcoming fourth season). Peet's recent TV credits include IFC's Brockmire, Amazon's The Romanoffs and HBO's Togetherness.
Season one of Dirty John was Bravo's most successful scripted series ever, ranking second among 2018's new cable scripted series in adults 18-49 and finishing in the top five in total viewers and adults 25-54. The move to USA will give it a potentially larger platform and make for a good tonal fit with the likes of The Sinner, Queen of the South, the upcoming Briarpatch and repeat staple Law & Order: SVU.
Dirty John comes from Universal Content Productions; Netflix co-produces and has first-run rights to the show outside the U.S. Cunningham executive produces with Jessica Rhoades (Sharp Objects), season one star Connie Britton, Atlas Entertainment and Los Angeles Times Studios (season one was based on a Los Angeles Times series of articles and accompanying podcast). Maggie Kiley (Riverdale) is a co-exec producer and will direct four episodes, including the premiere and finale. Other directors for season two include Kat Candler (Queen Sugar), Meera Menon (The Terror), Shannon Kohli (The Magicians) and Cunningham.