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Serial Podcast to Become TV Series

NPR’s biggest hit is heading for the small screen.

Serial, the public radio podcast that you and everyone you know was talking about last year, is on the path to become a cable drama, our sister site Deadline reports.

Season 1 of the popular true-crime broadcast, an offshoot of NPR’s This American Life hosted by Sarah Koenig, followed the investigation of a young woman’s murder and the alleged involvement of her ex-boyfriend.

Chris Miller and Phil Lord (Last Man on EarthHow I Met Your Mother) have optioned the rights to the podcast and are developing a series that (stay with us) would follow a podcast as it takes an in-depth look at another criminal case.

Koenig and Julie Snyder, who co-produce the podcast, will executive-produce the TV series along with Lord, Miller and This American Life host Ira Glass, among others.

Meanwhile, Season 2 of the podcast — which earlier this year was renewed for two more seasons — is slated to premiere this fall.

Would you watch a Serial series? Tell us about it in the comments!

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16 Comments
  1. Allison says:

    But will Mail Chimp be involved?

  2. Will the season finale also be whatever they slap together after they run out of time/money?

    • Huh says:

      What makes you think Serial ran out of money? It was and still is the most successful podcast of all time.

      Sarah K’s conclusion seemed well reasoned and restrained to me.

      • Are you kidding me? They had a sponsor (sponsors?) that funded their work and that sponsorship concluded. They weren’t going to be paid indefinitely to keep it going. Even in the last episode, she vocalized how clueless she was about how to end the investigation/podcast. Continuing the podcast was still a big question mark by the end of it, with requests for enough donations by listeners being the primary factor. There were clearly more roads to go down with this case and there were news stories about some of the people involved that continued well after it ended. Reviews of the finale are decidedly mixed. A lot of people say we learn a lot of details, but we don’t feel resolution or anything conclusive. Maybe he did it, maybe he didn’t. At least with The Jinx, all ambiguity was removed by the end.

        • Et al. says:

          It’s not fiction. How is she supposed to provide a conclusion?

          • Maybe not releasing the show until you know what you have? Documentarians don’t even know what their movie is going to be until much later. They keep shooting (and burning through money) until a narrative surfaces on its own. Serial was a series of loose threads that vary from interviews to geography experiments to wild speculation. Each episode pulled at some threads, but we never learn anything conclusively, which the entire show from the beginning suggested we would get, if not outright promised.

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  4. Hey TVLine: FYI: This is not NPR. This American Life has nothing to dow wtih NPR. It’s in conjunction with WBEZ in chicago.. not NPR. People keep making this mistake and I don’t know why.

    cool though.

  5. wendyjay says:

    I’ll definitely be watching. But please make sure its edutainment and ultimately makes people think about doing the right thing I’m all for increased ratings…just as long as they’re not purely for increased profits. I hate that.

  6. Fatima says:

    Would love this. Can I play any of Adnan’s female 20-something relatives? Or even an extra! Pretty please :)

  7. Bob Backus says:

    Me nor anyone in my area listens to US Government Radio so, I’ve never heard of it. I’ll have to try to find it since I like radio a bit more than TV, BBC radio is great.