A new season of Dirty John is headed to USA Network featuring an all-new story, an all-new cast and plenty of intriguing twists and turns. Here are five reasons to get excited for the new season, which premieres June 2 at 9/8c with two episodes airing back-to-back. Subsequent episodes of the 8-part series will air Tuesdays at 10/9c.
A Compelling New Story
If you thought Season 1 of Dirty John was juicy, just you wait. The second installment of the acclaimed anthology series features an entirely new story while delivering another shocking tale of a breakup gone wrong in so many ways. This season’s story follows scorned lovers, Betty and Dan Broderick, the seemingly perfect Southern California couple. After years of sacrifice and suffering while supporting Dan through both medical and law school until he exploded into the San Diego legal community as a superstar, Betty is finally enjoying the fruits of their labors. That is, until Dan hires Linda, a bright, beautiful young woman 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 (Brockmire, The Romanoffs) and Christian Slater (Dr. Death, Mr. Robot). We can’t believe it either! In their roles of Betty and Dan Broderick respectively, Amanda and Christian deliver astonishing performances. The stars are joined by a powerhouse ensemble including Rachel Keller (Legion), Tara Skovbye (Riverdale), Chris Mason (Broadchurch), Missi Pyle (Dodgeball) and Andy Buckley (The Office) who help bring this compelling story to life.
The 1980s Setting
The Dirty John Season 2 story spans the 1960s to the ‘80s and as such, the show’s music, costumes and sets instantly transport us back to a particular place and time. Prepare to take delight in Betty’s wardrobe of mutton sleeve dresses and high-waisted “mom jeans” while letting nostalgia set in when an old school answering machine becomes central to the storyline.
Thought Provoking Themes
While Season 2’s storyline will leave you with all the feels, it will get you thinking too. What led Betty and Dan to their respective breaking points? How can an imbalance of power in a relationship turn into coercive control? Betty and Dan’s tumultuous relationship journey may be just as intriguing as its final act and will certainly leave you questioning everything. This season will remind us all that there are many sides to every story and ultimately viewers will be able to draw their own conclusions.
A Crime So Juicy, You Won’t Believe It’s True
Once again, this season of Dirty John features a ripped-from-the-headlines tale of love, betrayal and death, this time following a marriage that turned into what Oprah deemed one of “America’s messiest divorces”—even before it ended in double homicide. With a story this shocking and sensational you won’t believe it’s based on true events.
Make sure to watch the premiere of Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story on June 2. Check out the latest trailer.