'Serial' Announces Two New Seasons

Sarah Koenig reveals new details about the popular podcast.

Serial host Sarah Koenig announced today that she and her team are working on not one, but two new seasons of the popular podcast.

The second and third season will be "distinct new stories" that are "very different" from the first season, Koenig announced via the podcast's newsletter. The first season of Serial focused on Adnan Syed's conviction for the Baltimore murder of ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999.

"We hope it means we can reduce the amount of time between the end of Season Two and the beginning of Season Three," wrote Koenig. "As it stands, we intend to launch Season Two this fall and Season Three next spring. Sorry — we can’t tell you details about the new stories yet. What we can say is that they’re very different from Season One, but no less interesting to us."

Syed's case has seen a bevy of legal developments since Serial's first season ended. His case was recently remanded back to the circuit court in light of possible alibi witness Asia McLean's January affidavit. Koenig addresses this news in the newsletter, saying, "What’s hard to know is whether all the outside attention to even the smallest wrinkles in Adnan’s case has influenced the Court of Special Appeals to take this unusual step."

"I don’t presume to know the judges’ minds, or ascribe extra-judicial motives to their rulings," wrote Koenig. "But clearly the appellate judges are aware the public is watching, and while I don’t imagine they’d order anything they didn’t think was just, I do think it’s possible that they’re being extra careful to make this process as transparent as they can, so that the public will fully understand their ultimate decision."