TVLine is reporting that Amanda Peet and Christian Slater will be starring as the leads for the second season of USA Network’s anthology series Dirty John, with the second season titled Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story.
The second season will focus on the true story of Betty Broderick who in 1989 was convicted of a double homicide involving her ex-husband and his second wife, with the season spanning the 1960’s to the 80’s. The official synopsis for the season is as follows:
Betty Broderick is the perfect Southern California blonde wife and mother. Married to her handsome college boyfriend Dan, Betty charms everyone she meets. After years of sacrifice and suffering while supporting Dan through both medical and law school until he exploded onto the San Diego legal scene as a superstar, Betty is finally enjoying the fruits of their labors. That is, until Dan hires Linda, a bright, beautiful young woman without baggage with whom he can happily forget the struggles of his past. Betty’s attempts to fight back and enraged refusals to accept reality only serve to isolate and destabilize her until she loses her very identity. And Dan’s cold confidence blinds him to the bear he has created, and won’t stop poking … until it’s too late.
Amanda Peet (whose credits include Brockmire and The Romanoffs) will be playing the role of Betty Broderick, the perfect Southern California blonde wife and mother, while Christian Slater (whose credits include Mr. Robot and The Lion Guard) will be playing the role of Betty’s immensely charming and ill-fated husband Daniel.
Alexandra Cunningham released a statement saying:
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.
The second season features an all-female writing team, with Cunningham serving as executive producer alongside Jessica Rhoades, Connie Britton, Atlas Entertainment and Los Angeles Studios.