Netflix Chief Talks About Potential Second Season of MAKING A MURDERER
Buzz surrounding Netflix's true crime documentary series Making a Murderer is slowly dying down, and while the show had an undeniable impact in the first few weeks of release, we've already experienced the normal cycle for a show like this: the initial high, the backlash, and the backlash to the backlash, with all of us awash in a sea of thinkpieces. (I've contributed to this as well.)
Still, there have been some rumblings about a possible second season, as filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos said on Sunday that they have been recording phone calls with Steven Avery "with an eye toward including them in any episodes, should there be any future episodes." THR sat down with Netflix chief Ted Sarandos for a quick interview about the show and its possible future, and wants everyone to lower their expectations right off the bat:
There's no idea for a second season, there's no pitch for a second season; we're not talking about a second season. What I was saying about other people covering the story now, it is its own thing and it is its own news cycle. So if Nancy Grace wants to make a lot of talk about it, it's because her audience is talking about the show and she knows it. They're very smart about what's in their zeitgeist and that's why they're talking about it. That's why Discovery is picking up on it [with ID's follow-up special] because they have the same sense that we all did: 'My god, everyone in the world is talking about this case.'
But when asked if he wanted to see more of the show, he replied:
For sure. It's a really compelling story. People are recognizing that it's not about whether or not he's guilty or innocent; it's really about did he get a fair shake and is it fair what happened to him and could that happen to me. That's what people are really reacting to.
And when asked about what the ideal format for more episodes of the show would be, Sarandos answered:
It really depends on what happens in the next couple months. I think there's been such pressure to look at this case in a different way. [Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker] has been ignoring it. President Obama can't do anything about it. It's on their dockets. I have no idea how it's going to break.
So it seems unlikely that anything new is coming any time soon, but Avery does have a new team of defense lawyers now, so if they're able to get him a new trial, then those developments could easily take up another couple of episodes. The whole interview is worth reading if you've seen Making a Murderer, so check it out here. If you haven't seen the show, you can watch the first episode below: