The first season of the Dirty John-inspired television series told the same story as the podcast. But as the TV show enters its second season, producers are taking on a new story with a new cast of Hollywood veterans. The second season is titled “Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story” and it will tell another epic torn-from-the-headlines true tale of love gone wrong. It will star Amanda Peet and Christian Slater.
Peet will play Broderick, the prototypical 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. It’s a story that spans the 1960s to the 1980s, through the breakdown of a marriage that Oprah Winfrey once described on her show as one of “America’s messiest divorces” even before it ended in double homicide.
“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.”
The Dirty John premiere became Bravo's most watched scripted telecast in the cable network's history when it aired last year, and the show finished its run as 2018’s second highest rated new cable scripted series (ad-supported and premium) among Adults 18-49. It also earned Bravo its first ever Golden Globe Award nomination. Now in its second season the show will move to sister USA Network, a move seen as an upgrade since USA is the better-rated of the two networks, both of which are owned by NBCUniversal. Netflix also co-produces the show and it has first-run rights to the series outside of the U.S.
USA Network has not yet said when it plans to air the latest series. The show is currently in production in Los Angeles on the Universal Studios lot. In the meantime the first season of the television series has been released as DVD.