On December 18, most fans were talking about the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but there was something else that debuted on that day that quickly started making national headlines. Netflix's Making a Murderer, a 10-episode documentary series that focuses on the Wisconisn murder trial of Steven Avery, quickly became a national sensation, with some passionate fans even petitioning President Barack Obama to pardon this convicted murderer. During Netflix's TCA winter tour panel this weekend, the streaming service's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos was asked if the show could be renewed for Season 2. Here's what he had to say below.
"The story is still unfolding, so we'll certainly take a look at it. It was a remarkable turn of events in the last couple weeks of the year. It was that crazy combination of super-addictive television and [people having the] time to watch it. So people were watching it and telling their friends, who also had time to watch it during the holiday break. People were just obsessed with it. There must be something genetic in us, that we're natural born detectives. And there's a sense of injustice and certainly a sense of mystery."
He did add that no formal talks have taken place with Making a Murderer series creators Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi. The TV series recounts Steven Avery's troubled relationship with the law. He was exonerated of a rape conviction after serving 18 years in prison thanks to the Innocence Project. In 2005, he was convicted for the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach, and is currently serving life in prison without the possibility of parole. Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi said they have been gathering material, but wouldn't commit to whether they're planning another series. Here's what Laura Ricciardi had to say in a statement.
"I think today marks four weeks since the series launched and what we've managed to do in the past four weeks is have several phone calls with Steven Avery which we have recorded with an eye toward including them in future episodes. We have not returned to Wisconsin in the past four weeks."
The series was filmed over a 10-year period, starting with the 2003 release of Steven Avery after serving 18 years for a rape he didn't commit, before delving into his 2005 arrest for the murder of Theresa Halbach. If another season is ordered, it isn't known how long it will take for the series to debut on the streaming service, but we'll keep you posted with any updates. Would you like to see a second season of Making a Murderer?