Why Making a Murderer may earn a season 2
Since the 'story is unfolding,' Netflix chief leaves open the possibility of more episodes
The Netflix docuseries Making a Murderer is still cracking the zeitgeist, which is why Netflix’s programming chief is leaving open the possibility that fans could see a second season.
After addressing the press Sunday morning in Pasadena, California, programming head Ted Sarandos told a gaggle of reporters that “people were obsessed” with the tale of Steven Avery and how “we’re natural born detectives and love to watch these shows.”
“The story is still unfolding,” admits Sarandos. “It was a remarkable turn of events in the last couple of weeks of the year where it was that crazy combination of super addictive television and time to watch it. People were watching it and telling their friends who also had time to watch it during the holiday break.”
If anything, the fall-out from the 10-parter — which chronicles the 2007 conviction of Avery for the murder of Teresa Halbach — could fill an episode or two. When asked about comments that were made by former prosecutor Ken Kratz and how some evidence was left out of the docuseries, Sarandos said, “This film is 10 years in the making. There was over 700 hours of footage. To split hairs about what was left in or left out, it’s a great film and we want people to watch it and decide for themselves.”
Kratz claims that Making a Murderer filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos left out key evidence, like how Avery requested Halbach come out to photograph his car, and that he called her cell phone three times.
Making a Murderer did spawn a follow-up, of sorts — just not on Netflix. Investigation Discovery is set to air a news special called Front Page: The Steven Avery Story that will run later this month. The cable network says it will “better inform viewers in light of the nearly 300,000 people calling for the release of Avery.”
Sarandos said it seemed like an appropriate reaction. “ID …. is smart and get the sense that the entire world is talking about this story. That’s what they’re following. It’s a news story.”
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With reporting from Natalie Abrams