Making a Murderer Renewed for Season 2

Making a Murderer‘s case is being reopened.

Netflix announced on Tuesday that executive producers/directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos are in production on new episodes of the true crime series, which earlier this month netted a half-dozen Emmy nominations, including for Outstanding Documentary or Non-Fiction Series.

The new installments will take viewers back inside the story of convicted murderer Steven Avery and co-defendant Brendan Dassey as their respective investigative and legal teams challenge their convictions and the State fights to have the convictions and life sentences upheld. In doing so, the news episodes will deliver exclusive access to Avery’s new lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, and Dassey’s legal team (led by Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin), as well as “intimate access to the families and characters close to the case.”

Back in January at the Television Critics Assoc. press tour, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos hinted that the watercooler smash would continue in some form. “The story is still unfolding,” he told reporters, “so we’ll certainly take a look at it.”

In a statement, Ricciardi and Demos said of the pick-up, “We are extremely grateful for the tremendous response to, and support of, the series. The viewers’ interest and attention has ensured that the story is not over, and we are fully committed to continuing to document events as they unfold.”

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10 Comments
  1. Annie Sisk says:

    Good. The first run was incredible, and Zellner’s participation is sure to make season 2 every bit as informative – she knows her stuff, and an appeal is an entirely different animal than a trial.

    • Annie Sisk says:

      Though I will add I fervently hope for appearances by Avery’s trial lawyers, who are excellent in every respect.

  2. Boiler says:

    With Netflix losing subscribers and money they need to cut back on some of their original offerings. This is one that should definitely be cut

    • Ron says:

      Disagree. Yes, they have shows they can cut, but it would be stupid to cut this show. They have some shows people have never heard of and likely rarely watch (though I guess that can’t quite be confirmed since they don’t release their ratings). Making a Murderer, however, was a show that a vast majority of people watched, had excellent word-of-mouth, and essentially created a cultural phenomenon. If you want subscribers, you don’t cut the shows people watch and talk about constantly. Also, this is likely one of their cheapest shows to make. Documentaries are always cheap. It would be akin to suicide for Netflix to cut an extremely popular and cheaply-made production.

      • Boiler says:

        No reason a show on this subject, ESPECIALLY still being adjudicated, should be on the air. I don’t really care how popular it may or may not be.

        • Ron says:

          Fair. Though I really enjoyed the series, even I would’ve been fine without a second season. It is the kind of story that can just play out in the news and people follow it that way. I was simply saying that from a logistical and financial standpoint, a second-season renewal makes a huge amount of sense for Netflix, whether a second season is necessary or not…

  3. Walkie says:

    There really won’t be much new info to cover.
    Zellner is only in it for the publicity.

  4. Walkie says:

    What are the half dozen Emmy nominations? I see one.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      “…including for Outstanding Documentary or Non-Fiction Series.”

      Also:

      OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A NONFICTION PROGRAM… OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A NONFICTION PROGRAM
      …OUTSTANDING PICTURE EDITING FOR A NONFICTION PROGRAM…
      OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR A NONFICTION PROGRAM (SINGLE OR MULTI-CAMERA) …OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING FOR A NONFICTION PROGRAM (SINGLE OR MULTI-CAMERA)

  5. Elizabeth says:

    I hope they spend a fair amount of time on the Brendan Dassey side of things. I found his case to be far more compelling.