Amanda Peet and Christian Slater are teaming up for USA Network’s “Dirty John,” which is coming back with an another installment. The new season’s full title is “Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story,” and will it will be based on another true story. According to USA Network, Peet will play Betty Broderick, the Southern California wife and mother, who married her college boyfriend Dan, played by Slater.
The network describes the show adding, “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.”
“Dirty John: Season 1” was a hit on Bravo, but Season 2 is moving to the USA Network. Cunningham will write the second season and serves as an executive producer with Jessica Rhoades, Connie Britton, Atlas Entertainment, and Los Angeles Times Studios. The network also confirmed that the Season 2 directors will be led by Maggie Kiley, who will serve as co-executive producer and direct four episodes. Those four episodes include the premiere and finale episode. Additional directors include Kat Candler, Meera Menon, Shannon Kohli, and showrunner Cunningham, who will make her directorial debut with the second season.
The first season of the anthology series is based on the Los Angeles Times articles and true-crime podcast of the same name. The show premiered on Bravo and was 2018’s second highest-rated new cable scripted series in its demo. The show also had the largest ratings growth from premiere to finale among any new ad-supported cable scripted series in all key demos. The first season also garnered Bravo its first Golden Globe nomination (Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for Connie Britton).
Amanda Peet was most recently seen in “The Romanoffs” and “Brockmire.” Before that, she starred in “Togetherness,” created by the Duplass Brothers, and Aaron Sorkin’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” Christian Slater is reprising his role as the title character in “Mr. Robot,” which returns for a final season on October 6th. His performance has earned him a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award. Most recently, Slater starred alongside Glenn Close in Bjorn Runge’s “The Wife.”
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