Masterworked Media is teaming up with the iHeartPodcast Network for the release of the second season of its podcast The Angel of Vine. The scripted mystery podcast series features one of the largest celebrity casts in an audio drama to date, led by actor Joe Manganiello. Since its season one launched, the show’s fan base has resulted in more than one million downloads.
The podcast created by Ryan Martz and Oliver Vaquer tells the story of a present-day journalist who uncovers the audio tapes of a 1950s private investigator, voiced by Manganiello, who cracked the greatest unsolved murder mystery Hollywood has ever seen – known as The Angel of Vine – and kept it a secret. Season two will pick up where season one left off, bringing listeners back in time to 1959 and Palm Springs with another victim, new suspects and clues that lead back to The Angel of Vine.
“I absolutely cannot wait to dust off Hank’s recorder and reunite with the Angel of Vine team to see what twisted mayhem Oliver and Ryan have in store for us for season two,” said Manganiello in a statement. “I loved working on season one and was thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive response and hunger for more adventures in this rich and addictive world.”
In addition to Manganiello, the first season cast included actors Alan Tudyk (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”), Alfred Molina (“Feud”), Constance Zimmer (“House of Cards”), Khary Payton (“The Walking Dead”), Mike Colter (“Evil”), Misha Collins (“Supernatural”), Cree Summer (“Queen Sugar”), Oliver Vaquer (“Jane the Virgin”) and Camilla Luddington (“Grey’s Anatomy”). Many of them will return for season two, and actors Kevin Pollak and Patton Oswalt will join the cast – one as a greedy land developer, and the other as well-connected informant from the seedy underground of Palm Springs.
"We wanted to make a scripted podcast that was engaging and entertaining,” said Martz, who is also a co-founder of Masterworked Media. “We collaborated with an ensemble of incredibly talented actors and sound designers to make that possible. It was also important to us to make it appealing to the non-fiction listeners in a format that they’d recognize.” After hitting a million downloads with an independent show, Martz said he’s excited about what being part of the iHeartPodcast Network will do for show. “It’s exciting to have such great partners that can introduce our podcast to a whole new audience,” he said.
The star power on The Angel of Vine makes it tailor-made for iHeart’s “Podcasters Meet Broadcasters” initiative, including airing podcasts on broadcast radio stations each Sunday night. The company hasn’t yet announced promotional plans for the series’ second run, but Holly Frey, Podcast Lead Executive Producer for iHeartMedia, said the show is “fortifying” the fiction offerings on iHeartRadio.
“In a time when true crime is all the rage in podcasting, they take that idea in a new direction through fiction to craft a finely tuned narrative that is scary and revelatory, but always engaging and one of the best scripted podcasts in the industry,” said Frey. “The cast is spectacular, and the podcast has gained a massive following because of their performances and the show’s haunting story — it’s something that people want to binge.”
Season two of The Angel of Vine is slated to launch in the spring.