Fans of the wildly popular true crime podcast “Dirty John” have a lot to look forward to in Bravo’s small screen adaptation.
The network has unveiled the first official trailer for their eight-episode, fictionalized take on the haunting story of California interior designer Debra Newell and John Meehan, a seemingly perfect man whose charm and charisma Newell fell head over heels for, and whose presence in her life would ultimately prove catastrophic — and deadly.
It’s the ultimate story of online dating gone horribly, horribly wrong; while Newell’s daughters suspect that their mother’s new love interest may be hiding secrets darker than they ever expected, will Newell herself be able to uncover the truth before she, or her family, pay the price?
The “Dirty John” podcast, based on journalist Christopher Goffard’s coverage of the peculiar case for the Los Angeles Times, skyrocketed in popularity shortly after the release of its first episode last year, and it’s appeal isn’t hard to understand.
The story, at once a tragic cautionary tale and a gripping, stranger-than-fiction thriller, has all the elements of a true crime fanatic's dream: Disturbing levels of deception, frightening passion and enough unexpected twists and turns to leave even the most hardened armchair detective with goosebumps.
Bravo’s upcoming miniseries has plenty of star power at the helm, with “Nashville” alum Connie Britton starring as Debra Newell and Eric Bana portraying the enigmatic John Meehan. Julia Garner and Juno Temple round out a strong cast as Newell’s concerned daughters, Terra and Veronica, respectively, while award-winning actress Jean Smart portrays Newell’s mother, Arlane Hart.
“The framework is the same and a lot of the things that people love about the podcast are still there but within the frame, we go deeper,” executive producer Alexandra Cunningham told Variety.
“Dirty John” is scheduled to debut on Sunday, Nov. 25. But fans have even more to look forward to: Bravo Media has already greenlit a second season centered around a completely new story, while Oxygen Media, has ordered an upcoming companion docuseries produced by Herzog & Co. and Los Angeles Times Studios, investigating the real life “Dirty John” through the eyes of those he deceived.
Check out the new trailer for Bravo's “Dirty John” below.
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