‘Serial’ Plans for 2 More Seasons, Beginning This Fall

28 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Serial Is Coming Back With Two New Seasons.

Sarah Koenig’s acclaimed “Serial” podcast won’t return for a second season until fall, but a third season is already in the works, premiering next spring.The podcast “Serial,” which became far and away the world’s most listened to podcast in 2014, announced that it will release season two this fall and season three in spring 2016.The Associated Press reports that the team behind the most-downloaded podcast in history are simultaneously reporting on two new stories that will be featured in season 2 and season 3, which will roll out in fall 2015 and spring 2016 respectively. “They’re very different from season 1, but no less interesting to us,” the producers said via the “Serial” email newsletter sent out yesterday.

Serial, Sarah Koenig’s provocative spin on a true crime podcast, will return in the fall of 2015, according to a press release emailed to newsletter subscribers. Koenig, the Peabody Award-winning show’s host and executive producer, announced the premiere dates in an email newsletter to subscribers on Wednesday. The first season investigated the murder of a high school girl in Maryland in 1999 and became a breakout hit in the U.S. and most other English-speaking countries, drawing millions of listeners. Hae Min Lee was strangled in 1999 but Syed has alwyas maintained his innocence and he was granted a request for review by Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals after their analysis of the evidence against him.

Although she revealed that the upcoming seasons are very different, “but no less interesting,” from season one, Koenig didn’t divulge what issues will be explored. “We are hard at work reporting not one, but two distinct new stories. The show was the first viral podcast and brought new attention to the medium of podcasting – free, on-demand radio programs that can be downloaded – as a way to draw mass audiences to radio content over the Internet.

The original podcast caused a storm when it was released last year by public radio station WBEZ Chicago and it became the fastest ever to reach 5 million downloads. The “Serial” podcast captivated listeners, who debated on Reddit forums, created memes around the paid advertisement from email marketing firm Mail Chimp, and propelled producer/lead reporter Sarah Koenig into the national spotlight.

The show has since won a Peabody Award, and Koenig, along with her producer Julie Snyder, have booked speaking engagements about season one throughout the winter and this spring, with more on tap for this summer. Though the mystery went unsolved, fans dove headlong into the saga, developing fan theories and jumpstarting new efforts to determine Syed’s innocence. (Followers even managed to unearth the identity of the infamous “Mail Kimp Kid.”) It’s safe to say the series’ devotees have a lot to look forward to.

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