USA Network announced today that Amanda Peet (The Romanoffs) and Christian Slater (Mr. Robot) will star in Dirty John Season 2, titled Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story. This second installment will be based on another epic true tale of love gone wrong — a story that spans the 1960s to the ’80s, through the breakdown of a marriage that Oprah deemed one of “America’s messiest divorces” even before it ended in double homicide.
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, the series moves from Bravo to USA for its second season. Dirty John 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 in 2018. It had the largest ratings growth from premiere to finale among new ad-supported cable scripted series in all key demos, and was one of only two series to grow every week but one in total viewers. Season 1 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).