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Dirty John is changing its residence.
The scripted anthology is moving from its original home at Bravo to fellow NBCUniversal-owned cabler USA Network. Season two of the series will air in 2020. Sources say producers have a new subject in mind that is currently being refined. It’s unclear if any of the season one cast, including star Connie Britton and Eric Bana, will return.
The move will give the drama a larger platform on USA for which to find an audience in its previously announced second season, while also allowing Bravo to focus more on premium unscripted fare, returning and new series in the short term. Dirty John launched as Bravo’s most successful scripted series and wrapped its eight-episode freshman run with 1.84 million same-day viewers, up 23 percent week over week.
Dirty John winds up being a better thematic fit for USA Network. The crime drama — whose first Season starred Britton in the story about “Dirty” John Meehan — joins a roster that includes anthology The Sinner, Queen of the South, the upcoming Briarpatch and repeats of Law & Order: SVU, among other shows. Meanwhile, fellow true crime anthology Unsolved — whose first season focused on the slayings of Tupac and the Notorious BIG — remains active as it awaits word on a creative premise for season two.
Dirty John‘s move should not be taken as an indication that Bravo is exiting the scripted space. The cabler has other scripted fare in development, including the previously announced new take on Queer as Folk. Instead, Bravo will turn its attention to Project Runway, Top Chef, expanding franchises including Below Deck and Below Deck Sailing Vessel and recently announced competition series Spy Games, with more still to be announced in the coming weeks.
Dirty John is a co-production between Universal Content Productions and Netflix. The streamer signed on to co-finance the series (and secure SVOD rights) early on, which allowed UCP to control the cost of production for Bravo. Alexandra Cunningham wrote season one. She will return for season two, which will also be exec produced by Britton, Jessica Rhoades, Atlas Entertainment and the L.A. Times Studios as the first season was based on the latter’s investigative reporting and popular podcast.
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