Netflix’s Dirty John WILL get a second series – but with an entirely new story

The true story has proved a big hit for Netflix and follows Debra Newell's life as it unravels when she falls for the lies and manipulation of con man John Meehan.

The american drama is based on a podcast, which focuses on the life of sociopath and con artist, Meehan.

The first season of popular programme ends in some gruesome consequences after the series unravels the romance between Meehan (Eric Bana). and Debra (Connie Britton).

Now show bosses have ordered a second season but instead it will be a docu-series which will investigate the real life of the main character Meehan, through the eyes of those he hurt.

His real-life crimes shocked audiences in series one, with some left too scared to watch the show.

Nicknamed Dirty John for the vulgar way he described having sex with women at college, the then 55-year-old was a serial offender who preyed on innocent women and used revenge porn as a form of extortion.

Criminal records showed John had spent time behind bars for stealing anaesthetic drugs from the hospital he worked at – and that he had three stalking injunctions from women he'd harassed.

Before Debra, Meehan was married to Tonia Sells, who was first to unravel his lies.

The new series, which will feature a different cast and format, will be produced by Herzog & Co and Los Angeles Times Studios, with executive producers Mark Herzog, Christopher G. Cowen and Alexandra Cunningham, of Desperate Housewives fame all on board.


President of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment Frances Berwick told Deadline: “For the Bravo audience, it’s a chillingly relatable story of love, manipulation and survival that dovetails nicely with our other original scripted series Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and Imposters.

“For Oxygen, it joins a roster of exclusive access, high-stakes premium content that the network is becoming known for among true crime enthusiasts.”


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