If you didn’t tune in for Season 1 of Bravo’s Dirty John, seriously, where have you been? The show played out as a fictionalised account of the real-life case of “Dirty” John Meecham. Dirty John was based on Christopher Goffard’s podcast of the same name and starred the likes of Eric Bana and Connie Britton.
Despite the show’s dramatic climax — pulled directly from the pages of reality — fans were over the moon to hear that Dirty John was coming back for another run of episodes. The first details of Season 2 have now emerged, and it sounds like Dirty John will focus on a very different storyline.
While Season 1 made Bana the man we all love to hate, the next arc will hone in on the story of Betty Broderick. According to Deadline the shocking story of housewife Betty Broderick will be given a glossy Hollywood adaptation.
A little background on the case explains how Broderick was convicted of murdering her ex-husband and his new wife in 1989. The Romanoff‘s Amanda Peet will play the titular lead, while Mr. Robot‘s Christian Slater will play her ill-fated husband, Daniel Brockerick.
Broderick was a high-profile lawyer and Betty his loyal housewife. However, things took a nasty turn when Daniel hired the much younger Linda as his legal assistant. Betty suspected an affair was going on behind closed doors and this is thought to be a factor in their marriage breaking down.
Although Linda was reportedly concerned with Betty’s erratic behaviour, her wedding went off without a hitch and everything seemed to be fine. Or so you’d think. On November 5, 1989, Betty gunned the pair down at 5.30am and then turned herself into the police.
At a second trial on December 11, 1991, Broderick was convicted of Daniel and Linda (Kolkena) Broderick’s murders and was sentenced to 29 years in jail.
Series creator Alexandra Cunningham explains what we can expect: “The first season of Dirty John was a story of twisted love and coercive control — and both these insidious elements are also present in and integral to the story of Betty Broderick, whom I have wanted to write about since I became a writer. I can’t wait to see Amanda and Christian bring it to life.”
Ironically, the Broderick murders have previously been turned into a two-part TV movie in 1992. There have been several books written on the harrowing murders and they even inspired an episode of Law & Order.
Considering Oprah was branded the Broderick divorce one of “America’s messiest”, you can bet Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story will be one to watch.