Bravo Media has given a two-season, straight-to-series order for the scripted anthology series Dirty John from Universal Cable Productions (UCP), while a companion limited event docuseries has been ordered by Oxygen.
From UCP, in association with Los Angeles Times Studios and Atlas Entertainment, the scripted series is based on the breakout true-crime podcast Dirty John from Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard. The series will be written and executive produced by Alexandra Cunningham. It tells the story of how a romance with the charismatic John Meehan spiraled into secrets, denial, manipulation and, ultimately, survival. Season two will be a different self-contained story, with details to come at a later date.
Oxygen Media ordered a companion docuseries produced by Herzog & Co and Los Angeles Times Studios, investigating the real-life “Dirty John” through the eyes of those he deceived.
“The story of ‘Dirty John’ is uniquely fit for both the Bravo and Oxygen brands,” said Frances Berwick, the president of lifestyle networks at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “For the Bravo audience, it’s a chillingly relatable story of love, manipulation and survival that dovetails nicely with our other original scripted series Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and Imposters. For Oxygen, it joins a roster of exclusive access, high-stakes premium content that the network is becoming known for among true crime enthusiasts.”