Amanda Peet (“The Romanoffs”) and Christian Slater (“Mr. Robot”) are going to lead the cast of “Dirty John” season 2. The next installment in this anthology series will be called “Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story.”
The show will be based on one of “America’s messiest divorces,” according to Oprah Winfrey. Set in the 1960s to 1980s, Alexandra Cunningham will take the reins once again in writing the story.
The press release is below.
Peet will play Betty Broderick, the perfect Southern California blonde wife and mother. Married to her handsome college boyfriend Dan, played by Slater, Betty charms everyone she meets. After years of sacrifice and suffering, while supporting Dan through both medical and law school until he exploded into the San Diego legal community as a superstar, Betty is finally enjoying the fruits of their labors. That is, until Dan hires Linda, a bright, beautiful young woman without baggage with whom he can happily forget the struggles of his past. Betty’s attempts to fight back and enraged refusals to accept reality only serve to isolate and destabilize her until she loses her very identity. And Dan’s cold confidence blinds him to the bear he has created, and 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. “I can’t wait to see Amanda and Christian bring it to life.”
Produced by UCP, DIRTY JOHN moves from Bravo to USA, cable’s #1 entertainment network, for its second season. Season 2 is written by Cunningham, who also executive produces along with Jessica Rhoades (“The Affair,” “Sharp Objects”), season one star Connie Britton, Atlas Entertainment and Los Angeles Times Studios. The directors of season 2 will be led by Maggie Kiley (“Riverdale”) who will serve as co-executive producer/director on the season and direct four episodes, including the premiere and finale episodes. Additional directors include Kat Candler (“Queen Sugar”), Meera Menon (“The Terror”), Shannon Kohli (THE MAGICIANS) and showrunner Cunningham, who will make her directorial debut. Netflix co-produces and has first-run rights to the series outside of the U.S. The series is currently in production in Los Angeles on the Universal Studios lot.
DIRTY JOHN’s first season, based on the Los Angeles Times articles and breakout true crime podcast of the same name, premiered on NBCUniversal’s Bravo and was 2018’s second highest rated new cable scripted series (ad-supported and premium) among P18-49. It had the largest ratings growth from premiere to finale among any new ad-supported cable scripted series in all key demos. Season 1 also garnered Bravo its first Golden Globe(R) nomination (Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for Connie Britton).