Welcome back to the "Making a Murderer" beat. It's been a while; remember where we left off with Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey still being in prison?
After every media organization spent the last half year trying to hop on board the true crime craze and come up with the next "Making a Murderer," Netflix today officially decided that maybe the next "Making a Murderer" ... is another season of "Making a Murderer."
Deadline Hollywood reported today that Netflix ordered another season of the now Emmy-nominated docu-series and that it is currently in production under the watch of returning executive producer/director tandem Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos.
According to Deadline's report, there is no word yet on how many episodes this new season will be or when it will premiere. It will remain on Avery and Dassey's story "as their respective investigative and legal teams challenge their convictions and the State fights to have the convictions and life sentences upheld."
Which is weird, because while the last documentary took 10 years to make and ended in 2015, not much has happened to fill another season of TV. Or has it?
We don't know if fan favorites Dean Strang and Jerry Buting will return, but Deadline says:
"The episodes will offer exclusive access to Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner and Dassey’s legal team, led by Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin, as well as intimate access to the families and characters close to the case."
How will the show avoid becoming the next "Serial" season two? Staying on the same case, the one that captivated people in the first place, is probably a smart move instead of trying to get lightning to strike twice. At the same time ... they are still trying to get lightning to strike twice, and thanks to the media insanity still perpetually keeping an eye on the case, it's hard to imagine much sneaking up on viewers the way the first season did. If something shocking is discovered, one imagines we'd hear about it well before the show airs. However, perhaps the second season can dive further into the legal problems and questions that surround the case – and the presentation of the first season.
We'll find out when Manitowoc County courtroom transcripts take over our lives once again.
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.