'Serial' to Return for Second Season

Sarah Koenig - H 2014
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Sarah Koenig - H 2014

The true-crime podcast is relying on financial support from its listeners to continue

Serial's fans have helped ensure the podcast's future.

The show's staff posted a message to its site Wednesday thanking fans for donating enough money to fund a follow-up run. "Between the money you donated and sponsorship, we'll be able to make a second season," the message read.

Last week, Serial's producers reached out to listeners to help keep the show alive. This American Life has provided most of the funding for the ongoing first season, but will not be doing so for season two. 

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"We don't know yet what the story will be or exactly when we'll be airing season two, but we'll be working on it as soon as this season ends," the staff added.

The true-crime podcast's first season, which focuses on the 1999 death of Hae Min Lee and her ex-boyfriend Adnan Musud Syed's conviction for her murder, continues through Dec. 18. The Sarah Koenig-hosted podcast has garnered a great deal of buzz, racking up 1.26 million listeners per episode and earning the attention of TV and film producers for a possible adaptation.

Donations for the new season can still be made by clicking here or by texting the word Serial to 25383, which adds a $10 charge to your phone bill. 

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