9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
True Crime Satire Series 'American Vandal' Set at Netflix
File this one under It Was Bound to Happen.
Netflix, the streaming giant that found success with docuseries Making a Murderer, has greenlighted a true-crime satire series called American Vandal. (Watch the trailer, above.)
The eight-episode scripted comedy from Funny or Die and CBS Television Studios was created by Tony Yacenda (Pillow Talking) and Dan Perrault (Honest Trailers) with Dan Lagana (Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous) set as showrunner. It will premiere Friday, Sept. 15 across the globe. Yacenda directs and Jimmy Tatro (22 Jump Street) stars.
Here's how Netflix describes the show: "American Vandal is a half-hour true-crime satire that explores the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left 27 faculty cars vandalized with phallic images. Over the course of the eight-episode season, an aspiring sophomore documentarian investigates the controversial and potentially unjust expulsion of troubled senior (and known dick-drawer) Dylan Maxwell. Not unlike its now iconic true-crime predecessors, the addictive American Vandal will leave one question on everyone's minds until the very end: Who drew the dicks?"
The cast includes Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Camille Hyde, Eduardo Franco, Jessica Juarez, Lou Wilson, Camille Ramsey, Calum Worthy and G. Hannelius. Yacenda, Perrault and Lagana exec produce alongside Joe Farrell for Funny or Die, Ari Lubet, Josh Lieberman and Michael Rotenberg for 3Arts. American Vandal hails from CBS Television Studios, Funny or Die and 3Arts.
American Vandal arrives as true-crime fare — scripted and unscripted — has exploded on the small screen following the breakout success of shows like Making a Murderer, The Jinx and FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, among others. For Netflix's part, the streamer is also readying a second round of Making a Murderer as new developments in the case depicted on the series continue to emerge.