The Peabody-winning Serial podcast became a viral hit when it launched in 2004. Thousands of listeners grew obsessed with the questions surrounding the potentially-unsolved murder of 18-year old student Hae Min Lee. It’s been quite some time since season two of Serial ended, and season three remains a big question mark, but any fans who’ve kept Serial on their podcast feed got a surprise this week when a four minute preview for a new show, S-Town, appeared without warning on their download queue.
S-Town is another true crime series created by Serial’s production team. Serial host Sarah Koenig bookends the teaser by explaining it’ll be a seven-part series, launching all at once on March 28, 2017. The show’s hosted by This American Life producer Brian Reed, who’s worked on the story for three years.
“John despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.”
Despite the obvious lack of control over its resolution – being real life and all – many complained that there was no closure to the Hae Min Lee investigation in Serial‘s first season. We’re interested in finding out if that was a concern for Reed and the rest of his team in putting together S-Town. Perhaps the choice to release all seven episodes at once is a way to curb that, ensuring the narrative had a start, middle and end before bringing it to air. It’s not so much a problem for us at GEEK, but after the explosive finale to recent crime documentaries like HBO’s The Jinx, a climactic end might be a priority.
Images: S-Town, This American Life, Serial Productions