Initial outrage around the Steven Avery case chronicled in Netflix’s Making a Murderer appeared to have cooled (it was about 700 outrages ago), but it seems the story will indeed continue. Netflix has confirmed filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos have begun production of a second season, centering on new developments in the Avery and Dassey cases.
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In spite of their monstrous and ever-increasing success, Netflix has yet to publicly reveal any real viewing data, something San Francisco-based Symphony sought to rectify with a strange cell phone app analyzing viewership data by audio. Netflix flatly denied the accuracy of said “ratings,” but may not want to, if word of Fuller House having upwards of 10 million viewers proves true.
Recent rumblings have suggested that Netflix Making a Murderer focus Steven Avery may yet have more to his story, but many viewers were equally captivated by defense attorneys Dean Strang and Jerry Buting. Now, the former’s breakout fame has netted a new Covert Media docuseries focusing on flaws in the system, titled Dean Strang: Road to Justice.
The decade of documentation that went into Netflix’s Making a Murderer presents a challenge following up anytime soon, but new developments in the cases of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey may yet bring directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos back to work. A breaking upset may yet see an official Making a Murderer Season 2 update as early as March, according to reports.
There’s no easy way to imagine a “sequel” to Netflix’s breakout documentary Making a Murderer, its first season comprised of 700 hours pared down over ten years, and with Steven Avery’s case fairly settled for the moment. Still, Netflix raised hopes this past weekend for Making a Murderer Season 2 possibilities, and now dashes them quite expertly.
The Netflix Making a Murderer train hasn’t slowed down one bit, each day bringing new updates and developments on the Steven Avery case from all sides, and Netflix may finally take heed. The streaming giant is considering their options for a second season, noting that “the story is still unfolding.”
Did you spend most of the holidays screaming at your television and engaging in debates over Netflix’s Making a Murderer? Was your morning commute last winter accompanied by the voice of Sarah Koenig from Serial’s debut season? Did you totally lose your shit during The Jinx finale? Welcome, fellow true crime TV addict, you are not alone.
If you happen by a Twitter account, or at least a chatty co-worker sometime in the last few weeks, chances are you’ve heard the sound and the fury surrounding Netflix true crime documentary series Making a Murderer. Details and different players of the Avery-Dassey cases have been dissected all throughout the media in recent weeks, and now Investigation Discovery will get in on the action with a follow-up documentary special of its own.
Per Netflix’s overall strategy, many a subscriber undoubtedly took the holiday break to binge a few new hot-ticket items, among them the streaming service’s own true crime docu-drama Making a Murderer. Seth Meyers surely did as well, staging his Late Night return with a pitch-perfect parody of the Wisconsin murder investigation into Steven Avery.
Not only was 2015 a great year for film, but it might have been a more consistently great year for television — so much so that it was impossibly difficult to choose just 10 shows from a list that began with about 15. As such, I want to give honorable mention to a few of the series that would have been included if this were a longer list: Tina Fey’s remarkable new Netflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the final (half?) season of Mad Men, the incomparably hilarious and relatable Broad City, the dizzying and dangerous journey of The Jinx, another delightful season of Orange Is the New Black, the final outing of Parks and Recreation and the reliably enthralling Game of Thrones. Oh, and Difficult People! How could I forget Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner’s wonderfully biting Hulu series? See. It was an excellent year.