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Dirty John Season 2's Story Tells One of America’s Messiest Divorces

Dirty John season 2, which tells the story of one of America's messiest divorces, casts Christian Slater and Amanda Peet as the two leads.

Dirty John season 2 casts Amanda Peet and Christian Slater in leading roles. Based on the riveting podcast of the same name, the anthology true-crime series premiered on both Bravo and Netflix last year, to rave reviews. Donning a satisfying and concluding ending to season 1, Dirty John reveals details on where the story is going next. 

Created by Alexandra Cunningham, Dirty John season 1 follows interior designer Debra Newhall (Connie Britton), who falls into a whirlwind romance with charming John Meehan (Eric Bana). The duo hastily conjoins in marriage, however, Newhall quickly ascertains her marital bliss is riddled with lies and deception. Adapted from interviews from real-life Newhall, Dirty John unravels the details that exposed Meehan as a deadly con artist. The eight-episode season concluded with a surprising twist, portraying the violent ending as it genuinely happened. Following the renewal for a sophomore season, Dirty John announced it would transition from Bravo to USA Network. Now, Dirty John is about to chronicle another sordid tale with fresh faces. Recently seen in Amazon’s The RomanoffsPeet partners with Mr. Robot star Slater to bring an infamous couple to life.

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According to Deadline, Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story has tapped Peet and Slater to portray the titular roles. Dirty John season 2 will follow the unbelievable epic tale of suburban housewife Betty Broderick (Peet) who was convicted of murdering her ex-husband and his second wife. College sweethearts Betty and Dan Broderick (Slater) had a seemingly ideal marriage, with Betty dutifully keeping house while supporting high-profile lawyer, Dan. Infused with coercive control and twisted love, the Broderick’s relationship takes a sharp turn when Dan hires a young woman, Linda. The official logline for Dirty John season 2 states: 

In Season 2, it is the story of convicted murderer Betty Broderick (Peet) and her ex-husband (Slater) that spans the 1960s to the ’80s and chronicles the breakdown of their marriage that Oprah deemed one of “America’s messiest divorces” even before it ended in double homicide.

Dirty John season 2 is in the creative hands of executive producers, Cunningham, Britton, and Jessica Rhoades (Sharp Objects). Helmed by an all-female directing team, season 2 will find Maggie Kiley (Riverdale), Kat Candler, Meera Menon, Shannon Kohli (The Magicians), and Cunningham taking turns in the director’s chair. 

Revered as Bravo’s most successful scripted series of all time, Dirty John moving to USA looks to prove an ideal fit for the network’s crime drama slate which includes The Sinner, Queen of The South, and Law & Order: SVU. Toting an impressive list of credits and versatile roles, Peet and Slater are the perfect choices to bring the complex, intense, and raw true crime story to life. Audiences tend to flock to adaptations of shocking true headlines, anxious to witness the events in a new light. Dirty John season 2 will no doubt prove a satisfying fix for true crime junkies.

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Source: Deadline

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