Dirty John is an American true crime anthology television series, based on the podcast of the same name by Christopher Goffard, that premiered on November 25, 2018, on Bravo. Outside the United States, it was made available through Netflix on February 14, 2019. The series was created by Alexandra Cunningham also an executive producer alongside Richard Suckle, Charles Roven, Mark Herzog, Christopher G. Cowen, and Chris Argentieri. The series was initially given an order for two seasons. In May 2019, it was announced that the series will be moving from Bravo to USA Network, ahead of the premiere of the second season. The second season is titled Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story. A trailer for the season was released on March 25, 2020, featuring Christian Slater and Amanda Peet in the role of Betty Broderick. In April 2020, it was announced that the second season would premiere on June 2, 2020, with a sneak peek of the first episode of the second season airing on May 31, 2020.
The first season was met with a mixed to positive response from critics upon its premiere and managed to garner recognition at various award ceremonies. Connie Britton earned nominations for awards including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film and the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television and Garner earned a nomination for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television.
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